VSAN 6.2 Upgrade – Failed to realign objects

Good post by Cormac Hogan (thank you)

A number of customers have reported experiencing difficulty when attempting to upgrade the on-disk format on VSAN 6.2. The upgrade to vSphere 6.0u2 goes absolutely fine; it is only when they try to upgrade the on-disk format, to use new features such as Software Checksum, and Deduplication and Compression, that they encounter this error.

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How to upgrade vSphere 5.5 to version 6.0 – Part 1

Post by Marek Zdrojewski (thank you)

The latest release of VMware vSphere (version 6.0) has been generally available for a while now so it is time to look how to upgrade vSphere 5.5 environment to version 6.0.

Before you begin, make sure that you read the vSphere 6 upgrade guide, the vSphere 6 release notes, the Hardware and Guest OS Compatibility Guide and the Product Interoperability Matrix from VMware before you start the upgrade process. Also, make sure your environment meets the software and hardware requirements as described in the upgrade guide.

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Upgrading to VMware Virtual SAN 6.0

Good post by Rawlinson Rivera (thank you)

Virtual SAN 6.0 introduced new changes to the structural components of its architecture. One of those changes is a new on-disk format which delivers better performance and capability enhancements. One of those new capabilities allows vSphere Admins to perform in-place rolling upgrades from Virtual SAN 5.5 to Virtual SAN 6.0 without introducing any application downtime.

Upgrading an existing Virtual SAN 5.5 cluster to Virtual SAN 6.0 is performed in multiple phases and it requires the re-formating of the of all of the magnetic disks that are being used in a Virtual SAN cluster. The upgrade is defined as a one-time procedure that is performed from RVC command line utility with a single command.

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Sorry Nimble Storage – I Don’t Believe You!

Good post by Nigel Poulton (thank you)

So a few weeks ago I was at Nimble Storage HQ for a briefing with the Storage Field Day crew. Nice site, nice breakfast, and thanks for contributing towards my travel and hotel costs (that’s the disclaimer out of the way).

The Claim!

Anyway, as part of the presentation, Rod Bagg (VP of Customer Support) made the claim that ~60% of Nimble storage arrays get upgraded during business prime time hours.

Read on here (also read the good comments there)

EMC XtremIO Destructive Upgrade Demonstrates Architecture Matters

Good post by Chris M Evans (thank you)

News has emerged about a potential upgrade issue with the latest version of O/S code for the EMC XtremIO all-flash platform.  As discussed in this blog post, the upgrade to XIOS 3.0 is not simply disruptive but is destructive.  According to Chris Mellor’s post, the reason for the destructive nature of the upgrade is to change the on-disk de-duplication block size from 4K to 8K in order to ensure metadata can be managed efficiently.

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7.2.0.1 – IBM Storwize Code – V3500,V3700,V5000,V7000,SVC

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7.2.0.1 – IBM Storwize V3500

Software download for IBM Storwize V3500 7.2.0.1 (English). Get the Package here and see the Readme here

7.2.0.1 – IBM Storwize V3700

Software download for IBM Storwize V3700 7.2.0.1 (English). Get the Package here and see the Readme here

7.2.0.1 – IBM Storwize V5000

Software download for IBM Storwize V5000 7.2.0.1 (English). Get the Package here and see the Readme here

7.2.0.1 – IBM Storwize V7000

Software download for IBM Storwize V7000 7.2.0.1 (English). Get the Package here and see the Readme here

7.2.0.1 – IBM SVC

Software download for IBM SAN Volume Controller 7.2.0.1 (English). Get the Package here and see the Readme here

IBM System Storage DS Manager version 10.86.x5.43

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IBM DS AIX Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS Solaris SPARC Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS Windows (x64) Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43 

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS Linux on Power Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS Linux (x86_64 only) Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS VMware Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS Windows (x86) Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS HPUX IA64 Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS Solaris x86 Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

IBM DS HPUX PA RISC Storage Manager version 10.86.x5.43

This refresh pack will update the IBM DS Storage Manager software to version 10.86.x5.43. This version is required for controller FW 7.8x. Get the Package here

7.2.0.0 – IBM Storwize Code (V3500,V3700,V5000,V7000,SVC)

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7.2.0.0 – IBM Storwize V3500
Software download for IBM Storwize V3500 7.2.0.0 (English). Get the Package here and see the Release Notes here

7.2.0.0 – IBM Storwize V3700
Software download for IBM Storwize V3700 7.2.0.0 (English). Get the Package here and see the Release Notes here

7.2.0.0 – IBM Storwize V5000
Software download for IBM Storwize V5000 7.2.0.0 (English). Get the Package here and see the Release Notes here

7.2.0.0 – IBM Storwize V7000
Software download for IBM Storwize V7000 7.2.0.0 (English). Get the Package here and see the Release Notes here

7.2.0.0 – IBM SAN Volume Controller
Software download for IBM SAN Volume Controller 7.2.0.0 (English). Get the Package here and see the Release Notes here

Global Mirror Relationships Must Be Stopped When Upgrading to V7.2.0 – IBM SAN Volume Controller

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Technote (troubleshooting)

Problem(Abstract)

Restrictions apply for Global Mirror when upgrading from V7.1.0 or earlier to V7.2.0.

Resolving the problem

Before upgrading a system to V7.2.0 any Global Mirror relationships that have their secondary volume on the system that is being upgraded must be stopped. These relationships can be restarted after the upgrade has completed.

This restriction does not affect Metro Mirror or Global Mirror with Change Volume relationships (cycling mode set to multi), which can continue to operate while the upgrade is in progress.

The software upgrade test utility can be used to check that Global Mirror relationships have been stopped before starting a software upgrade to V7.2.0.

Related information

Upgrading the system
Software Upgrade Test Utility

See more details here

IBM Storwize V7000 Drive Microcode Package 20131022

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This drive microcode bundle contains the latest firmware for all drives supported by IBM Storwize V7000. Get the Package here and see the Release Notes here