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* RECOMMENDED * Firmware CD Supplemental Update / Online ROM Flash Component for Linux - Smart Array 6i

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Type: Firmware - Storage Controller
Version: 2.84(A)(15 Jul 2008)
Operating System(s):
Microsoft Windows 2000 | View all
Multi-part download
File name: CP009358.md5 (49 Bytes)
File name: CP009358.scexe (674 KB)
This Smart Component contains firmware for HP Smart Array 6i Controller.

Prerequisites:
This Smart Array firmware will recommend updates for some SCSI disk drive models after the Smart Array firmware has been installed. To avoid notification during the POST routine, update any applicable hard disk drives before updating the Smart Array firmware. Click here to obtain the list of affected disk drive models.

For optimal performance, driver version 2.4.48-12 or higher is strongly recommended with this firmware release.


To ensure the integrity of your download, HPE recommends verifying your results with the following SHA-256 Checksum values:

86a47773027a2c99221daba66d525a131408c1e16b80b6280ecb22f41f7ab3eb CP009358.scexe
2feaf313d43880739be5fcef0d86e00c2facd97c2e6364b671312bbfa1e9aa8e CP009358.md5

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

To update firmware from Linux operating system on target server:

  • Login as root. (You must be root in order to apply the ROM update.)
  • Place the Smart Component in a temporary directory.
  • From the same directory, execute the Smart Component. For example: ./CPXXXXXX.scexe
  • Follow the directions given by the Smart Component.
  • Reboot your system if you would like the update to take effect immediately.

To use HP Smart Update Manager on the Firmware Maintenance CD version 7.50 and later:

  • Place the Firmware Maintenance CD on a USB key using the HP USB Key Creator Utility.
  • Place the desired firmware to be updated in the directory, /compaq/swpackages on the USB key.
  • Boot from the newly created Firmware Maintenance USB key.
  • Follow HP Smart Update Manager steps to complete firmware update.

End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Implemented a stripe lock algorithm to avoid potential data write errors observed during rare instances of background surface analysis initialization and I/O writes occurring on Raid 1 or Raid 1+0 volumes. This has only been observed in a rigorous test environment and has not been reported in a production environment.
  • Fixed an abnormal volume state issue where under certain rare conditions, a replacement drive that is in a rebuilding state in a RAID 1 or RAID 1+0 configuration may be marked "OK", prior to completing the rebuilding process.
  • Included additional changes in the SCSI ID detection algorithm for server configurations involving duplex backplanes.
Version:2.84(A) (15 Jul 2008)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Implemented a stripe lock algorithm to avoid potential data write errors observed during rare instances of background surface analysis initialization and I/O writes occurring on Raid 1 or Raid 1+0 volumes. This has only been observed in a rigorous test environment and has not been reported in a production environment.
  • Fixed an abnormal volume state issue where under certain rare conditions, a replacement drive that is in a rebuilding state in a RAID 1 or RAID 1+0 configuration may be marked "OK", prior to completing the rebuilding process.
  • Included additional changes in the SCSI ID detection algorithm for server configurations involving duplex backplanes.

Version:2.80(A) (21 Sep 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Fixed an issue that would downshift the entire bus for a single parity error.
  • Fixed a bus fault issue on dual bus I/O modules.
  • Fixed Array behavior to prevent unwanted device migrations by detecting conditions, where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.
Enhancements

  • Improved cache flushing and performance.
  • Updated the volume inquiry command for “Windows Server 2008” compliance.

Version:2.76(A) (20 Mar 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue where Windows Server x64 would hang or blue screen when the Smart Array driver is installed or upgraded on a system that has greater than 7GB RAM.

2. Fixed Array behavior to prevent unwanted device migrations by detecting conditions, where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.

3. Fixed an issue where inquiries to the logical drive would succeed even after the drive is physically removed.

Enhancements

  • Updated recommended hard drive firmware list with models that have been experiencing excessive SCSI command timeouts.  When one of these drives is present, user will see a POST message recommending he upgrade the drive’s firmware.  Failure to upgrade may result in the bus down-shifting from Ultra 320 to Ultra 3.

Version:2.74(A) (10 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue where Windows Server x64 would hang or blue screen when the Smart Array driver is installed or upgraded on a system that has greater than 7GB RAM.

2. Fixed Array behavior to prevent unwanted device migrations by detecting conditions, where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.

3. Fixed an issue where inquiries to the logical drive would succeed even after the drive is physically removed.

Enhancements

1. Added POST messages informing users to upgrade their HDD firmware for certain models of hard drives to the latest available firmware version on the HP web site.


Version:2.68(B) (9 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue that can occur during configuration (with the ACU) of an MSA20 or MSA500.  In a Windows environment, the issue can result in a blue-screen condition. 

2. Disabled a function designed to detect a condition where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.  This function was previously part of the FW for the SA-6400, SA-641 and SA-642 only.


Version:2.68(A) (8 Jun 2006)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue that can occur during configuration (with the ACU) of an MSA20 or MSA500.  In a Windows environment, the issue can result in a blue-screen condition. 

2. Disabled a function designed to detect a condition where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.  This function was previously part of the FW for the SA-6400, SA-641 and SA-642 only.


Version:2.58(A) (7 Oct 2005)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue that causes the HP Insight Management Agents to display incorrect characters for the DL360 G4.

2. Improved event messages when the Smart Array 6400 is installed with two MSA20 enclosures. "Box 1" or "Box 2" is indicated in the event message for a disk drive removal or failure event.

3. Modified the PCI-X timing to prevent the Smart Array 641/642 and 6i from possibly becoming unresponsive during read requests when installed in a ProLiant DL760G2.

Enhancements

1. Added support for the controller firmware to place a Monitoring and Performance stamp (M&P) on the disk drive, if it is missing from the drive.

2. Added split-mirroring support and a mirroring re-synchronization feature. This allows a RAID 1 volume to be split into two RAID 0 volumes and then combine the two RAID 0 volumes into a single RAID 1 volume.

3. Added an enhancement to allow an occasional SCSI command timeout without downshifting the SCSI bus to a lower speed.

4. Enhanced performance for drive rebuilds and RAID 5 and RAID 6 (ADG) configurations.

5. Added support for the 512MB Battery-Backed Write Cache (BBWC) option.

6. Added POST message 1717 "Disk Drive(s) Reporting OVERHEATED Condition".

7. Updated POST message 1794 "Array Accelerator batteries have failed to charge and should be replaced". This POST message will now display if this condition has occurred when no logical volumes are present or if cache has already been disabled.


Version:2.48(A) (30 Aug 2005)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Updated the battery charging firmware to reduce the frequency and duration of battery charging cycles. This helps prevent overcharging the battery, which can contribute to premature battery failures. This also reduces the time required for a battery recharge cycle to complete.

Updated the battery firmware to improve the sensing and reporting of battery health. This helps prevent battery status messages from alternating or indicating false status.

Updated the battery firmware to reduce the chances of deep discharging the battery. This helps to maintain the capacity of the battery in the event data was trapped in the cache over the specified backup duration.

Updated the battery firmware to keep the charge capacity during a controller firmware update. This helps prevent the inconvenience of battery back write cache becoming temporarily disabled due to a required recharge following a battery firmware update.


Version:2.36(A) (26 Jan 2005)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Fixed an interrupt handling issue that can cause a server to reboot when using Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS). For more details, refer to Customer Advisory EM041123_CW01


Version:2.34(A) (17 Dec 2004)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Fixed an issue where the battery status may be falsely reported as “failed” even though the cache module is “enabled.” Refer to Customer Advisory EX040528_CW01 for additional information.


Type: Firmware - Storage Controller
Version: 2.84(A)(15 Jul 2008)
Operating System(s):
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64
Novell NetWare 5.1
Novell NetWare 6.5
OS Independent
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (AMD64/EM64T)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (AMD64/EM64T)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (x86)
SCO OpenServer 5
SCO OpenServer 6
SCO UnixWare 7
Sun Solaris 8 Intel Platform Edition
Sun Solaris 9 Intel Platform Edition
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 (AMD64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (x86)

Description

This Smart Component contains firmware for HP Smart Array 6i Controller.

Installation Instructions

Prerequisites:
This Smart Array firmware will recommend updates for some SCSI disk drive models after the Smart Array firmware has been installed. To avoid notification during the POST routine, update any applicable hard disk drives before updating the Smart Array firmware. Click here to obtain the list of affected disk drive models.

For optimal performance, driver version 2.4.48-12 or higher is strongly recommended with this firmware release.


To ensure the integrity of your download, HPE recommends verifying your results with the following SHA-256 Checksum values:

86a47773027a2c99221daba66d525a131408c1e16b80b6280ecb22f41f7ab3eb CP009358.scexe
2feaf313d43880739be5fcef0d86e00c2facd97c2e6364b671312bbfa1e9aa8e CP009358.md5

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

To update firmware from Linux operating system on target server:

  • Login as root. (You must be root in order to apply the ROM update.)
  • Place the Smart Component in a temporary directory.
  • From the same directory, execute the Smart Component. For example: ./CPXXXXXX.scexe
  • Follow the directions given by the Smart Component.
  • Reboot your system if you would like the update to take effect immediately.

To use HP Smart Update Manager on the Firmware Maintenance CD version 7.50 and later:

  • Place the Firmware Maintenance CD on a USB key using the HP USB Key Creator Utility.
  • Place the desired firmware to be updated in the directory, /compaq/swpackages on the USB key.
  • Boot from the newly created Firmware Maintenance USB key.
  • Follow HP Smart Update Manager steps to complete firmware update.

Release Notes

End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Implemented a stripe lock algorithm to avoid potential data write errors observed during rare instances of background surface analysis initialization and I/O writes occurring on Raid 1 or Raid 1+0 volumes. This has only been observed in a rigorous test environment and has not been reported in a production environment.
  • Fixed an abnormal volume state issue where under certain rare conditions, a replacement drive that is in a rebuilding state in a RAID 1 or RAID 1+0 configuration may be marked "OK", prior to completing the rebuilding process.
  • Included additional changes in the SCSI ID detection algorithm for server configurations involving duplex backplanes.

Revision History

Version:2.84(A) (15 Jul 2008)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Implemented a stripe lock algorithm to avoid potential data write errors observed during rare instances of background surface analysis initialization and I/O writes occurring on Raid 1 or Raid 1+0 volumes. This has only been observed in a rigorous test environment and has not been reported in a production environment.
  • Fixed an abnormal volume state issue where under certain rare conditions, a replacement drive that is in a rebuilding state in a RAID 1 or RAID 1+0 configuration may be marked "OK", prior to completing the rebuilding process.
  • Included additional changes in the SCSI ID detection algorithm for server configurations involving duplex backplanes.

Version:2.80(A) (21 Sep 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Fixed an issue that would downshift the entire bus for a single parity error.
  • Fixed a bus fault issue on dual bus I/O modules.
  • Fixed Array behavior to prevent unwanted device migrations by detecting conditions, where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.
Enhancements

  • Improved cache flushing and performance.
  • Updated the volume inquiry command for “Windows Server 2008” compliance.

Version:2.76(A) (20 Mar 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue where Windows Server x64 would hang or blue screen when the Smart Array driver is installed or upgraded on a system that has greater than 7GB RAM.

2. Fixed Array behavior to prevent unwanted device migrations by detecting conditions, where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.

3. Fixed an issue where inquiries to the logical drive would succeed even after the drive is physically removed.

Enhancements

  • Updated recommended hard drive firmware list with models that have been experiencing excessive SCSI command timeouts.  When one of these drives is present, user will see a POST message recommending he upgrade the drive’s firmware.  Failure to upgrade may result in the bus down-shifting from Ultra 320 to Ultra 3.

Version:2.74(A) (10 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue where Windows Server x64 would hang or blue screen when the Smart Array driver is installed or upgraded on a system that has greater than 7GB RAM.

2. Fixed Array behavior to prevent unwanted device migrations by detecting conditions, where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.

3. Fixed an issue where inquiries to the logical drive would succeed even after the drive is physically removed.

Enhancements

1. Added POST messages informing users to upgrade their HDD firmware for certain models of hard drives to the latest available firmware version on the HP web site.


Version:2.68(B) (9 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue that can occur during configuration (with the ACU) of an MSA20 or MSA500.  In a Windows environment, the issue can result in a blue-screen condition. 

2. Disabled a function designed to detect a condition where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.  This function was previously part of the FW for the SA-6400, SA-641 and SA-642 only.


Version:2.68(A) (8 Jun 2006)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue that can occur during configuration (with the ACU) of an MSA20 or MSA500.  In a Windows environment, the issue can result in a blue-screen condition. 

2. Disabled a function designed to detect a condition where a SCSI disk drive unexpectedly changes its SCSI ID.  This function was previously part of the FW for the SA-6400, SA-641 and SA-642 only.


Version:2.58(A) (7 Oct 2005)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


1. Fixed an issue that causes the HP Insight Management Agents to display incorrect characters for the DL360 G4.

2. Improved event messages when the Smart Array 6400 is installed with two MSA20 enclosures. "Box 1" or "Box 2" is indicated in the event message for a disk drive removal or failure event.

3. Modified the PCI-X timing to prevent the Smart Array 641/642 and 6i from possibly becoming unresponsive during read requests when installed in a ProLiant DL760G2.

Enhancements

1. Added support for the controller firmware to place a Monitoring and Performance stamp (M&P) on the disk drive, if it is missing from the drive.

2. Added split-mirroring support and a mirroring re-synchronization feature. This allows a RAID 1 volume to be split into two RAID 0 volumes and then combine the two RAID 0 volumes into a single RAID 1 volume.

3. Added an enhancement to allow an occasional SCSI command timeout without downshifting the SCSI bus to a lower speed.

4. Enhanced performance for drive rebuilds and RAID 5 and RAID 6 (ADG) configurations.

5. Added support for the 512MB Battery-Backed Write Cache (BBWC) option.

6. Added POST message 1717 "Disk Drive(s) Reporting OVERHEATED Condition".

7. Updated POST message 1794 "Array Accelerator batteries have failed to charge and should be replaced". This POST message will now display if this condition has occurred when no logical volumes are present or if cache has already been disabled.


Version:2.48(A) (30 Aug 2005)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Updated the battery charging firmware to reduce the frequency and duration of battery charging cycles. This helps prevent overcharging the battery, which can contribute to premature battery failures. This also reduces the time required for a battery recharge cycle to complete.

Updated the battery firmware to improve the sensing and reporting of battery health. This helps prevent battery status messages from alternating or indicating false status.

Updated the battery firmware to reduce the chances of deep discharging the battery. This helps to maintain the capacity of the battery in the event data was trapped in the cache over the specified backup duration.

Updated the battery firmware to keep the charge capacity during a controller firmware update. This helps prevent the inconvenience of battery back write cache becoming temporarily disabled due to a required recharge following a battery firmware update.


Version:2.36(A) (26 Jan 2005)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Fixed an interrupt handling issue that can cause a server to reboot when using Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS). For more details, refer to Customer Advisory EM041123_CW01


Version:2.34(A) (17 Dec 2004)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Fixed an issue where the battery status may be falsely reported as “failed” even though the cache module is “enabled.” Refer to Customer Advisory EX040528_CW01 for additional information.


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