2010/08/18

ESX and HS22 : some pointers

I recently had some problems with ESX(i) and HS22 blades. Thought I just blog them for future reference.

First of all 2 driver problems. You'll need to install the vsphere cli to solve them (http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vcli/)

The procedure for both drivers is similar:
  • Extract the ISO
  • Find the offline bundle f.e BCM-bnx2-2.0.7c-1.0.4.00000-offline_bundle-229199.zip in the offline-bundle directory
  • Install the driver by executing : vihostupdate.pl --server --password --username root --install --bundle c:\path\to\zip\BCM-bnx2-2.0.7c-1.0.4.00000-offline_bundle-229199.zip

Another problem. If you have an ESXi recovery cd for you HS22 with Part number (P/N) 60Y0073 you might find that the cd is not booting. If you put the cd in a laptop you will see why. The manufacturer has burned the iso literally on the cd. This means you will need to copy the iso file to you hard disk and then properly burn it to a cd with for example cdburnerxp , brasero or disk utility in Mac. Alternatively, you can open a call at IBM and wait for a replacement part

Lastly while updating the HS22 I have been encountering a lot of problems with doing firmware upgrades. One neat trick I learned is that the uEFI will load it defaults settings after 3 unsuccessful boots! Another thing I learned is that it is better to update the IMM first and then the rest of the components. What I do is now

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