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Roy Cohen
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EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Hi,

We have a EVA 5000 that no longer under any service agreement with HP.

What we would like to do, is upgrade the firmware of the Disks and Controllers.
The current version we are on is VCS 3.025 which means we need to upgrade to VCS 3.028 and then to VCS 4.01

The things I need to know are the following:
1. Where can i get the firmware for both the HDDs and VCS?
2. Is there any documentation for the actual upgrade (step by step) both for controllers and disks
3. Does the actual disk enclosure also need upgrading?
4. How many people actually tried this?

Thanks
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BrianDoyle
Trusted Contributor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Hi Roy,

Only HP can update the VCS firmware.
See here:
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/sanworks/softwaredrivers/vcs/index.html
Roy Cohen
Advisor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

What about an upgrade to VCS 3.028?
Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor
Solution

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Hi Roy,

Firstly, you probably want to be upgrading to VCS 3.110 rather than 4.01. This is the latest stable version 3 release. Version 4 introduces Active/Active controllers which probably isn't worth the hassle.

1. You'll find VCS 3028 here:
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib/software5/COL11349/co-33573-1/EVA5000_VCS_3028.zip



VCS 3110 is here:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3352089&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=321347&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=54
The latest hard drive firmware bundle is here:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3351789&prodTypeId=329290&prodSeriesId=3302267&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=54

2. I'm not sure there's a public procedure anywhere, although it's not difficult.

3. The EMU in the enclosure gets upgraded at the end of the VCS upgrade.

4. Yes. I've done a few EVAs now without any problems...

Cheers,

Rob
Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

If the link to VCS 3.110 doesn't work, try this one:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3352089&prodTypeId=12169&prodSeriesId=321347&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=54

Also, you don't mention what version of Command View EVA you're currently running. That may well require upgrading as well...

Cheers,

Rob
Roy Cohen
Advisor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Im using an old version of EVA Command View - version 4

1. Will version 3.110 support this? if not, what version do i need?
2. Do i need to upgrade the disks first?
3. I also have async CA replication to an EVA 3000. Will this cause problems that you might know of?

With the upgrade path I previously stated i know that I will also have to upgrade my EVA 3000. As i do not know this version i dont know what i need to do with the EVA 3000.
Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Hi,

1. I think you need to get up to at least Command View EVA 5. Version 6 would be better if you can, as that makes it easier to upgrade the drive firmware.

2. The latter versions of VCS and Command View, enable the disk firmware to be done 'online'. So upgrade VCS first.

3. I've never used CA so can't comment.


As VCS 3.028 is still supported you may want to just bring everything up to that version first. That will avoid the need to upgrade Command View...

Cheers,

Rob
Roy Cohen
Advisor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

First i want to thank you on all the info you gave me.

The only thing i need is the actual procedure and release notes for the VCS 3.028 upgrade.

I want to check that everything is the right version before I even think of getting started. (As you probably know this needs to be very well planned:) )
Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Hi,

Release notes for 3.028 are attached.

The procedure for upgrading is fairly straight forward.

If you click on the Code Load button then follow the prompts, it's pretty much self explanatory.

The controllers will both go offline during the upgrade, so you'll need to make sure the connected hosts are shutdown.

Cheers,

Rob

Roy Cohen
Advisor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Thanks Rob,

last questions for now...

1. What type of problems can i expect?
2. Does the HDD upgrade bundle include these model hdds: (i cant see it in the release notes:
BF03655B2B,BD07258224,BD30058232)
3. How did you find all this information i have been looking for days...
Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Hi,

1. The only issue I had was when upgrading from a really old version of VCS. This is "fun" because you have to downgrade Command View to get it to talk to the old version... As you're already on VCS 3.025, you should be fine.

If your EVA was initialised at a version of VCS prior to 3.014 then HP need to run an MDU scan (Meta Data Utility). If HP came in to upgrade you to 3.025, then its likely that this has already been done.

2. Yes it does. If you extract the firmware bundle you'll see the files for the individual drives. If you're just going to 3.028 then you'll have to flash each drive individually - each drive has to be ungrouped first - which could take a long time. There is an alternative offline bundle that can be used, however I don't think it's available as a public download anywhere.

3. Lots of searching, and looking over the shoulder of HP engineers when they upgraded a couple of EVAs !

Cheers,

Rob
Roy Cohen
Advisor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

OK,

I have found a major glitch in my plan...

I need to upgrade the HDDs BF03655B2B to HP07
but because i am so far behind i need the firmware HP05 before i can do any upgrade...

Can anyone tell me how to get the Firmware upgrade for this as HP only supply the newest HP07??
Rob Leadbeater
Honored Contributor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

Hi,

I wasn't aware that you had to upgrade disk firmware in stages...

I've not had experience of the 36GB drives, but I know I've taken a 146GB drive from HP00 to HP04 in one step, without any issues.

Cheers,

Rob
ilayy
Regular Advisor

Re: EVA5000 firmware upgrade

hi all
i need your urgent help
i have eva5000 with vcs 3.025
i have host running red hat linux
my questions are
1)to which version i have to upgrade? where can i find the upgrade path?

2) is it necessary to do hard disk firmaware upgare?

3)should i upgrade the command view first or the controller firmware first

thanks in advance