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* RECOMMENDED * Online ROM Flash Component for Linux - HPE MSA 2050/2052 Storage Arrays

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Type: Firmware (Entitlement Required) - Storage Controller
Version: VL270R001-01(15 Aug 2018)
Operating System(s): Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86-64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
VMware vSphere 6.0
VMware vSphere 6.5
File name: CP036074.scexe (57 MB)
This package contains the firmware upgrade for HPE MSA 2050/2052 storage arrays which includes array controller firmware and approved companion versions of drive enclosure firmware. When installing array controller firmware, the process will also update firmware on attached drive enclosures. This firmware can be installed from any computer running a supported Linux operating system with an Ethernet connection to the HPE MSA 2050/2052 Storage Array.

The following features were added or enhanced in controller firmware VL270R001-01.

  • Increased potential random performance on MSA 1050 storage system.
  • Enabled the ability to authenticate against an Active Directory domain.
  • Added IO Workload information to the SMU.
  • Added additional message showing disk group creation succeeds when a drive failure occurs.
  • Disabled all SSL and TLS protocols except TLS v1.2.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

Prerequisites:

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK. Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

NOTE: Firmware upgrade must be performed from a supported Windows or Linux client (using the corresponding Windows or Linux Smart Component) that has network connectivity to the array being upgraded.

WARNING!: Do not power cycle or restart devices during a firmware update. If the update is interrupted or there is a power failure, the module could become inoperative. If this occurs, contact technical support. The module may need to be returned to the factory for reprogramming.

CAUTION: Before upgrading firmware, ensure that the storage system configuration is stable and is not being reconfigured or changed in any way. If changes are in progress, monitor them and wait until they are completed before proceeding with the upgrade.

IMPORTANT: HTTPS or Telnet service must be enabled on the arrays being updated and the corresponding connection must not be blocked by any firewall on the host system where the Smart Component is being executed.

NOTE: Allow approximately 40 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete on the controller you are connected to. Depending on the environment, it may take as long as one hour to complete. Wait for the progress messages to specify that the update has completed. Smart Component flash process will update both controllers and report on the progress. All firmware flash progress messages are logged to /var/cpq/MSA2000_IP.log and flashing summary is logged to /var/cpq/Component.log. A final completion message will be displayed. The Smart Component will manage the SFTP or FTP ,Disk Group background scrub enable/disable ,Disk background scrub enable and Partner Firmware Update (PFU) enable/disable settings.

NOTE: This firmware Smart Component will not inter-operate with Smart Update Manager (SUM) or with the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP).


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

5527c2ee657fdf680a1dbbb5a1add7ac72fe2efb793425dd1b500f3d15e1050b CP036074.scexe

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is not required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK.  Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

Select and schedule an appropriate time to perform an online upgrade: For redundant controller systems, to ensure the success of an online upgrade, selecting the appropriate time is essential. Because the online firmware upgrade is performed while host I/Os are being serviced, the I/O load can impact the upgrade process. Selecting a period of low I/O activity will ensure the upgrade completes as quickly as possible, and will avoid disruptions to hosts and applications due to timeouts.

As with any other firmware upgrade it is a recommended best practice to ensure that you have a full backup prior to the upgrade.

Following a firmware upgrade, it is recommended to rescan all HBAs to ensure that all paths have been rediscovered correctly. Please consult your operating system documentation on the best ways to force a rescan and verify the number of paths to each LUN is correct.

When you download this module from the HPE.com web site, you cannot double click on the link.You will need to right click the link and select "save as" or similar option. This module is a SCEXE file. It is a self extracting executable module. This module only operates from the Linux command line.

Linux Smart Component Installation Instructions

  1. Place the downloaded firmware package in a temporary directory.

  2. Open a Linux command console.

  3. From the directory containing the downloaded file, enable execute access to this module by entering chmod +x CPxxxxxx.scexe, where CPxxxxxx.scexe represents the downloaded file.

  4. Execute the Smart Component by entering a command similar to the following: ./CPxxxxxx.scexe --target <ip_address> --user <username> --passwd <password>. Please provide credentials for an account with management access rights.

  5. Follow onscreen instructions.

  6. Wait for the installation to complete. During installation, each updated module automatically restarts. Upon completion, a confirmation message is displayed.

NOTES:

  • Use the -e (--reflash) or -f (--force) option when flashing a device, even if it is up to date.
  • Use the -g (--downgrade) option when downgrading.
  • For details on supported command options, see the online help by executing the command ./CPxxxxxx.scexe or ./CPxxxxxx.scexe -h (--help).
  • If the user name or password contains a special character, enclose the string in single quotes or enter a backslash (\) before the special charecter. For example, '!manage' or \!manage

Please refer to the Release Notes for the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.


End User License Agreements:
HPE Software License Agreement v1
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


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


Important:

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK.  Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

NOTE: Firmware upgrade must be performed from a supported Windows or Linux client (using the corresponding Windows or Linux Smart Component) that has network connectivity to the array being upgraded.

WARNING!: Do not power cycle or restart devices during a firmware update. If the update is interrupted or there is a power failure, the module could become inoperative. If this occurs, contact technical support. The module may need to be returned to the factory for reprogramming.

CAUTION: Before upgrading firmware, ensure that the storage system configuration is stable and is not being reconfigured or changed in any way. If changes are in progress, monitor them and wait until they are completed before proceeding with the upgrade.

IMPORTANT: HTTPS or Telnet service must be enabled on the arrays being updated and the corresponding connection must not be blocked by any firewall on the host system where the Smart Component is being executed.

NOTE: Allow approximately 40 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete on the controller you are connected to. Depending on the environment, it may take as long as one hour to complete. Wait for the progress messages to specify that the update has completed. Smart Component flash process will update both controllers and report on the progress. All firmware flash progress messages are logged to /var/cpq/MSA2000_IP.log and flashing summary is logged to /var/cpq/Component.log. A final completion message will be displayed. The Smart Component will manage the SFTP or FTP ,Disk Group background scrub enable/disable ,Disk background scrub enable and Partner Firmware Update (PFU) enable/disable settings.

NOTE: This firmware Smart Component will not inter-operate with Smart Update Manager (SUM) or with the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP).


Notes:

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK.  Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

For up-to-date, detailed operating system support information and known restrictions, see the HPE Storage Single Point Of Connectivity Knowledge (SPOCK) website at http://www.hpe.com/storage/spock. Enter your HPE Passport account credentials and then, in the left pane, select View by Array. In the displayed table of arrays, on the MSA row, use the Refine and the Add to Selection options to display the list of supported operating systems for your controller model.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

VL270R001-01 build includes the following components:

Component Version
Storage Controller Code VLS270R01-01
Storage Controller Loader Code  31.000 
Management Controller Code VXM270R001-01
Management Controller Loader Code 6.30.27744x
CPLD Code 1.9
Expander Controller Code 3207

Expansion Modules:

  • Expander Controller: S200B41 (2041)

Important Firmware Notes

  • Windows Server 2012 management integration:
    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you update the Windows cache by using the cmdlet, Update-StorageProviderCache -DiscoveryLevel Full -Name <storageProviderName> manually, after attempting any storage provision operations that use the MSA management interface.
    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you use the MSA management interface (Storage Management Utility or Command Line Interface) to modify volume mappings, delete volumes, or modify volume names. Manually update Windows cache by using the cmdlet, Update-StorageProviderCache -DiscoveryLevel Full -Name <storageProviderName>.
  • System Center VMM integration:
    • Running operations concurrently is supported up to the limit of four concurrent operations. This includes creating objects (e.g., LUNs, clones, snapshots) and registering objects to hosts or four node clusters.
  • Windows Server 2012 management and System Center VMM integration:
    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you disable Windows Indication subscription, if SCVMM or Windows Server 2012 manages only MSAs and not any other arrays. To disable the Indication subscription, modify the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Storage Management\EnableIndications value from 1 to 0 and restart Windows Standards Based Storage Management Service.
    • If you want to enable the Indication subscription at Windows Server 2012, Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you configure the Indication based on the instructions provided at  http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2013/05/22/using-indications-with-the-windows-standards-based-storage-management-service-smi-s.aspx.
  • The MSA 2050 contains an embedded SMI-S provider for use by SMI-S client applications. The embedded provider is designed to support MSA 2050 configurations with up to 24 hard drives and up to 250 mapping paths. A mapping path is defined as an MSA 2050 volume presented through an MSA 2050 target port to a host initiator.
  • Smart Array SAS HBAs are not supported with SMI-S based applications that include System Center VMM and Windows Server 2012 Integrations.
  • Some older drive firmware Smart Components may not be compatible with the MSA 2050 and cause the Smart Component to stall. If this occurs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends extracting the Smart Component and using the .FLA or .LOD file with the SMU to update the drive firmware.
  • When changing a replication set (e.g., adding or removing a replication volume or deleting the replication set), do so from the source system; when aborting, suspending, or resuming a replication, do so from the destination system.
  • When changing the primary volume of a replication set, do so from the destination system first, then, perform the change on the source system.
  • When using Windows Dynamic Disk (software RAID) on top of a hardware RAID, cautions must be considered. For more information, see the sectionreal world: dynamic versus basic disks on the topic at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd163558.aspx.
  • Failover and failback times are affected by the number of system volumes; the more volumes there are on the system, the more time is required for failover and failback to complete.

Supported Devices and Features:

Support for the following MSA devices:-

  • HPE MSA 2052 SAN Dual Controller LFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2052 SAN Dual Controller SFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 SAN Dual Controller LFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 SAN Dual Controller SFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 SAS Dual Controller SFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2052 SAS Dual Controller SFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 SAS Dual Controller LFF Storage 
  • HPE MSA 2052 SAS Dual Controller LFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 LFF Disk Enclosure
  • HPE MSA 2050 SFF Disk Enclosure
  • HPE MSA 2040 LFF Disk Enclosure

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


The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL270R001-01.

  • Unable to delete a volume that has no name shown in the Storage Management Utility (SMU)
  • On a controller that was shutdown, unable to restart the controller using the SMU on that controller.
  • PCIe Link Recovery causes a controller to cease operation.
  • More than 254 registrants on a volume causes controller reboot.
  • Controller enters a continuous warm boot loop during boot or firmware update.
  • Volume group does not allow creation of a name that duplicates a host group name.
  • Syslog events are not generated unless SMTP settings are input.
  • Snapshots schedules fail and the error message "renaming a snapshot, failed to locate the oldest snapshot" displays after modifying the retention count to 1.
  • The CLI incorrectly shows a successful return status to the "test email" command when email settings are disabled.
  • When getting logs from the array, one of the following error messages displays:
    • ERROR: Failed to obtain Storage Controller logs - Application not responding.
    • 421 Timeout Connection closed by remote host

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK.  Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

NOTE: Firmware upgrade must be performed from a supported Windows or Linux client (using the corresponding Windows or Linux Smart Component) that has network connectivity to the array being upgraded.

WARNING!: Do not power cycle or restart devices during a firmware update. If the update is interrupted or there is a power failure, the module could become inoperative. If this occurs, contact technical support. The module may need to be returned to the factory for reprogramming.

CAUTION: Before upgrading firmware, ensure that the storage system configuration is stable and is not being reconfigured or changed in any way. If changes are in progress, monitor them and wait until they are completed before proceeding with the upgrade.

IMPORTANT: HTTPS or Telnet service must be enabled on the arrays being updated and the corresponding connection must not be blocked by any firewall on the host system where the Smart Component is being executed.

NOTE: Allow approximately 40 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete on the controller you are connected to. Depending on the environment, it may take as long as one hour to complete. Wait for the progress messages to specify that the update has completed. Smart Component flash process will update both controllers and report on the progress. All firmware flash progress messages are logged to /var/cpq/MSA2000_IP.log and flashing summary is logged to /var/cpq/Component.log. A final completion message will be displayed. The Smart Component will manage the SFTP or FTP ,Disk Group background scrub enable/disable ,Disk background scrub enable and Partner Firmware Update (PFU) enable/disable settings.

NOTE: This firmware Smart Component will not inter-operate with Smart Update Manager (SUM) or with the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP).

Version:VL270P002-02 (31 May 2019)
Fixes

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


The following feature was fixed in controller firmware VL270P002-02:

  • Authenticated session security vulnerability.

The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL270R001-01:

  • Unable to delete a volume that has no name shown in the Storage Management Utility (SMU)
  • On a controller that was shutdown, unable to restart the controller using the SMU on that controller.
  • PCIe Link Recovery causes a controller to cease operation.
  • More than 254 registrants on a volume causes controller reboot.
  • Controller enters a continuous warm boot loop during boot or firmware update.
  • Volume group does not allow creation of a name that duplicates a host group name.
  • Syslog events are not generated unless SMTP settings are input.
  • Snapshots schedules fail and the error message "renaming a snapshot, failed to locate the oldest snapshot" displays after modifying the retention count to 1.
  • The CLI incorrectly shows a successful return status to the "test email" command when email settings are disabled.
  • When getting logs from the array, one of the following error messages displays:
    • ERROR: Failed to obtain Storage Controller logs - Application not responding.
    • 421 Timeout Connection closed by remote host.

Please refer to the Release Notes for the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

Enhancements

The following features were added or enhanced in controller firmware VL270R001-01:

  • Increased potential random performance on MSA 1050 storage system.
  • Enabled the ability to authenticate against an Active Directory domain.
  • Added IO Workload information to the SMU.
  • Added additional message showing disk group creation succeeds when a drive failure occurs.
  • Disabled all SSL and TLS protocols except TLS v1.2.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.


Version:VL270R001-01 (15 Aug 2018)
Fixes

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


The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL270R001-01.

  • Unable to delete a volume that has no name shown in the Storage Management Utility (SMU)
  • On a controller that was shutdown, unable to restart the controller using the SMU on that controller.
  • PCIe Link Recovery causes a controller to cease operation.
  • More than 254 registrants on a volume causes controller reboot.
  • Controller enters a continuous warm boot loop during boot or firmware update.
  • Volume group does not allow creation of a name that duplicates a host group name.
  • Syslog events are not generated unless SMTP settings are input.
  • Snapshots schedules fail and the error message "renaming a snapshot, failed to locate the oldest snapshot" displays after modifying the retention count to 1.
  • The CLI incorrectly shows a successful return status to the "test email" command when email settings are disabled.
  • When getting logs from the array, one of the following error messages displays:
    • ERROR: Failed to obtain Storage Controller logs - Application not responding.
    • 421 Timeout Connection closed by remote host

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

Enhancements

The following features were added or enhanced in controller firmware VL270R001-01.

  • Increased potential random performance on MSA 1050 storage system.
  • Enabled the ability to authenticate against an Active Directory domain.
  • Added IO Workload information to the SMU.
  • Added additional message showing disk group creation succeeds when a drive failure occurs.
  • Disabled all SSL and TLS protocols except TLS v1.2.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.


Version:VL100P001 (5 Sep 2017)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HPE requires users update to this version immediately.


The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL100P001:

  • Disk groups remain offline or quarantined after missing drives return to an online state.
  • Rare data integrity issue found in lab testing environment under heavy load when system is running replications and controller failback occurs.
  • Compact Flash flush failure error incorrectly invalidates cache data.

The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL100R004: 

  • None - initial release.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.


Type: Firmware (Entitlement Required) - Storage Controller
Version: VL270R001-01(15 Aug 2018)
Operating System(s):
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86-64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
VMware vSphere 6.0
VMware vSphere 6.5

Description

This package contains the firmware upgrade for HPE MSA 2050/2052 storage arrays which includes array controller firmware and approved companion versions of drive enclosure firmware. When installing array controller firmware, the process will also update firmware on attached drive enclosures. This firmware can be installed from any computer running a supported Linux operating system with an Ethernet connection to the HPE MSA 2050/2052 Storage Array.

Enhancements

The following features were added or enhanced in controller firmware VL270R001-01.

  • Increased potential random performance on MSA 1050 storage system.
  • Enabled the ability to authenticate against an Active Directory domain.
  • Added IO Workload information to the SMU.
  • Added additional message showing disk group creation succeeds when a drive failure occurs.
  • Disabled all SSL and TLS protocols except TLS v1.2.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

Installation Instructions

Prerequisites:

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK. Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

NOTE: Firmware upgrade must be performed from a supported Windows or Linux client (using the corresponding Windows or Linux Smart Component) that has network connectivity to the array being upgraded.

WARNING!: Do not power cycle or restart devices during a firmware update. If the update is interrupted or there is a power failure, the module could become inoperative. If this occurs, contact technical support. The module may need to be returned to the factory for reprogramming.

CAUTION: Before upgrading firmware, ensure that the storage system configuration is stable and is not being reconfigured or changed in any way. If changes are in progress, monitor them and wait until they are completed before proceeding with the upgrade.

IMPORTANT: HTTPS or Telnet service must be enabled on the arrays being updated and the corresponding connection must not be blocked by any firewall on the host system where the Smart Component is being executed.

NOTE: Allow approximately 40 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete on the controller you are connected to. Depending on the environment, it may take as long as one hour to complete. Wait for the progress messages to specify that the update has completed. Smart Component flash process will update both controllers and report on the progress. All firmware flash progress messages are logged to /var/cpq/MSA2000_IP.log and flashing summary is logged to /var/cpq/Component.log. A final completion message will be displayed. The Smart Component will manage the SFTP or FTP ,Disk Group background scrub enable/disable ,Disk background scrub enable and Partner Firmware Update (PFU) enable/disable settings.

NOTE: This firmware Smart Component will not inter-operate with Smart Update Manager (SUM) or with the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP).


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

5527c2ee657fdf680a1dbbb5a1add7ac72fe2efb793425dd1b500f3d15e1050b CP036074.scexe

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is not required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK.  Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

Select and schedule an appropriate time to perform an online upgrade: For redundant controller systems, to ensure the success of an online upgrade, selecting the appropriate time is essential. Because the online firmware upgrade is performed while host I/Os are being serviced, the I/O load can impact the upgrade process. Selecting a period of low I/O activity will ensure the upgrade completes as quickly as possible, and will avoid disruptions to hosts and applications due to timeouts.

As with any other firmware upgrade it is a recommended best practice to ensure that you have a full backup prior to the upgrade.

Following a firmware upgrade, it is recommended to rescan all HBAs to ensure that all paths have been rediscovered correctly. Please consult your operating system documentation on the best ways to force a rescan and verify the number of paths to each LUN is correct.

When you download this module from the HPE.com web site, you cannot double click on the link.You will need to right click the link and select "save as" or similar option. This module is a SCEXE file. It is a self extracting executable module. This module only operates from the Linux command line.

Linux Smart Component Installation Instructions

  1. Place the downloaded firmware package in a temporary directory.

  2. Open a Linux command console.

  3. From the directory containing the downloaded file, enable execute access to this module by entering chmod +x CPxxxxxx.scexe, where CPxxxxxx.scexe represents the downloaded file.

  4. Execute the Smart Component by entering a command similar to the following: ./CPxxxxxx.scexe --target <ip_address> --user <username> --passwd <password>. Please provide credentials for an account with management access rights.

  5. Follow onscreen instructions.

  6. Wait for the installation to complete. During installation, each updated module automatically restarts. Upon completion, a confirmation message is displayed.

NOTES:

  • Use the -e (--reflash) or -f (--force) option when flashing a device, even if it is up to date.
  • Use the -g (--downgrade) option when downgrading.
  • For details on supported command options, see the online help by executing the command ./CPxxxxxx.scexe or ./CPxxxxxx.scexe -h (--help).
  • If the user name or password contains a special character, enclose the string in single quotes or enter a backslash (\) before the special charecter. For example, '!manage' or \!manage

Please refer to the Release Notes for the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.


Release Notes

End User License Agreements:
HPE Software License Agreement v1
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


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


Important:

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK.  Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

NOTE: Firmware upgrade must be performed from a supported Windows or Linux client (using the corresponding Windows or Linux Smart Component) that has network connectivity to the array being upgraded.

WARNING!: Do not power cycle or restart devices during a firmware update. If the update is interrupted or there is a power failure, the module could become inoperative. If this occurs, contact technical support. The module may need to be returned to the factory for reprogramming.

CAUTION: Before upgrading firmware, ensure that the storage system configuration is stable and is not being reconfigured or changed in any way. If changes are in progress, monitor them and wait until they are completed before proceeding with the upgrade.

IMPORTANT: HTTPS or Telnet service must be enabled on the arrays being updated and the corresponding connection must not be blocked by any firewall on the host system where the Smart Component is being executed.

NOTE: Allow approximately 40 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete on the controller you are connected to. Depending on the environment, it may take as long as one hour to complete. Wait for the progress messages to specify that the update has completed. Smart Component flash process will update both controllers and report on the progress. All firmware flash progress messages are logged to /var/cpq/MSA2000_IP.log and flashing summary is logged to /var/cpq/Component.log. A final completion message will be displayed. The Smart Component will manage the SFTP or FTP ,Disk Group background scrub enable/disable ,Disk background scrub enable and Partner Firmware Update (PFU) enable/disable settings.

NOTE: This firmware Smart Component will not inter-operate with Smart Update Manager (SUM) or with the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP).


Notes:

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK.  Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

For up-to-date, detailed operating system support information and known restrictions, see the HPE Storage Single Point Of Connectivity Knowledge (SPOCK) website at http://www.hpe.com/storage/spock. Enter your HPE Passport account credentials and then, in the left pane, select View by Array. In the displayed table of arrays, on the MSA row, use the Refine and the Add to Selection options to display the list of supported operating systems for your controller model.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

VL270R001-01 build includes the following components:

Component Version
Storage Controller Code VLS270R01-01
Storage Controller Loader Code  31.000 
Management Controller Code VXM270R001-01
Management Controller Loader Code 6.30.27744x
CPLD Code 1.9
Expander Controller Code 3207

Expansion Modules:

  • Expander Controller: S200B41 (2041)

Important Firmware Notes

  • Windows Server 2012 management integration:
    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you update the Windows cache by using the cmdlet, Update-StorageProviderCache -DiscoveryLevel Full -Name <storageProviderName> manually, after attempting any storage provision operations that use the MSA management interface.
    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you use the MSA management interface (Storage Management Utility or Command Line Interface) to modify volume mappings, delete volumes, or modify volume names. Manually update Windows cache by using the cmdlet, Update-StorageProviderCache -DiscoveryLevel Full -Name <storageProviderName>.
  • System Center VMM integration:
    • Running operations concurrently is supported up to the limit of four concurrent operations. This includes creating objects (e.g., LUNs, clones, snapshots) and registering objects to hosts or four node clusters.
  • Windows Server 2012 management and System Center VMM integration:
    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you disable Windows Indication subscription, if SCVMM or Windows Server 2012 manages only MSAs and not any other arrays. To disable the Indication subscription, modify the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Storage Management\EnableIndications value from 1 to 0 and restart Windows Standards Based Storage Management Service.
    • If you want to enable the Indication subscription at Windows Server 2012, Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you configure the Indication based on the instructions provided at  http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2013/05/22/using-indications-with-the-windows-standards-based-storage-management-service-smi-s.aspx.
  • The MSA 2050 contains an embedded SMI-S provider for use by SMI-S client applications. The embedded provider is designed to support MSA 2050 configurations with up to 24 hard drives and up to 250 mapping paths. A mapping path is defined as an MSA 2050 volume presented through an MSA 2050 target port to a host initiator.
  • Smart Array SAS HBAs are not supported with SMI-S based applications that include System Center VMM and Windows Server 2012 Integrations.
  • Some older drive firmware Smart Components may not be compatible with the MSA 2050 and cause the Smart Component to stall. If this occurs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends extracting the Smart Component and using the .FLA or .LOD file with the SMU to update the drive firmware.
  • When changing a replication set (e.g., adding or removing a replication volume or deleting the replication set), do so from the source system; when aborting, suspending, or resuming a replication, do so from the destination system.
  • When changing the primary volume of a replication set, do so from the destination system first, then, perform the change on the source system.
  • When using Windows Dynamic Disk (software RAID) on top of a hardware RAID, cautions must be considered. For more information, see the sectionreal world: dynamic versus basic disks on the topic at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd163558.aspx.
  • Failover and failback times are affected by the number of system volumes; the more volumes there are on the system, the more time is required for failover and failback to complete.

Supported Devices and Features:

Support for the following MSA devices:-

  • HPE MSA 2052 SAN Dual Controller LFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2052 SAN Dual Controller SFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 SAN Dual Controller LFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 SAN Dual Controller SFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 SAS Dual Controller SFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2052 SAS Dual Controller SFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 SAS Dual Controller LFF Storage 
  • HPE MSA 2052 SAS Dual Controller LFF Storage
  • HPE MSA 2050 LFF Disk Enclosure
  • HPE MSA 2050 SFF Disk Enclosure
  • HPE MSA 2040 LFF Disk Enclosure

Fixes

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


The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL270R001-01.

  • Unable to delete a volume that has no name shown in the Storage Management Utility (SMU)
  • On a controller that was shutdown, unable to restart the controller using the SMU on that controller.
  • PCIe Link Recovery causes a controller to cease operation.
  • More than 254 registrants on a volume causes controller reboot.
  • Controller enters a continuous warm boot loop during boot or firmware update.
  • Volume group does not allow creation of a name that duplicates a host group name.
  • Syslog events are not generated unless SMTP settings are input.
  • Snapshots schedules fail and the error message "renaming a snapshot, failed to locate the oldest snapshot" displays after modifying the retention count to 1.
  • The CLI incorrectly shows a successful return status to the "test email" command when email settings are disabled.
  • When getting logs from the array, one of the following error messages displays:
    • ERROR: Failed to obtain Storage Controller logs - Application not responding.
    • 421 Timeout Connection closed by remote host

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

Important

WARNING!: Validate the driver version being used with SmartHBA or SmartArray controllers are the versions listed in SPOCK.  Failure to do so could result in loss of access to the LUNs presented from the MSA during the upgrade process.

NOTE: Firmware upgrade must be performed from a supported Windows or Linux client (using the corresponding Windows or Linux Smart Component) that has network connectivity to the array being upgraded.

WARNING!: Do not power cycle or restart devices during a firmware update. If the update is interrupted or there is a power failure, the module could become inoperative. If this occurs, contact technical support. The module may need to be returned to the factory for reprogramming.

CAUTION: Before upgrading firmware, ensure that the storage system configuration is stable and is not being reconfigured or changed in any way. If changes are in progress, monitor them and wait until they are completed before proceeding with the upgrade.

IMPORTANT: HTTPS or Telnet service must be enabled on the arrays being updated and the corresponding connection must not be blocked by any firewall on the host system where the Smart Component is being executed.

NOTE: Allow approximately 40 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete on the controller you are connected to. Depending on the environment, it may take as long as one hour to complete. Wait for the progress messages to specify that the update has completed. Smart Component flash process will update both controllers and report on the progress. All firmware flash progress messages are logged to /var/cpq/MSA2000_IP.log and flashing summary is logged to /var/cpq/Component.log. A final completion message will be displayed. The Smart Component will manage the SFTP or FTP ,Disk Group background scrub enable/disable ,Disk background scrub enable and Partner Firmware Update (PFU) enable/disable settings.

NOTE: This firmware Smart Component will not inter-operate with Smart Update Manager (SUM) or with the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP).

Revision History

Version:VL270P002-02 (31 May 2019)
Fixes

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


The following feature was fixed in controller firmware VL270P002-02:

  • Authenticated session security vulnerability.

The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL270R001-01:

  • Unable to delete a volume that has no name shown in the Storage Management Utility (SMU)
  • On a controller that was shutdown, unable to restart the controller using the SMU on that controller.
  • PCIe Link Recovery causes a controller to cease operation.
  • More than 254 registrants on a volume causes controller reboot.
  • Controller enters a continuous warm boot loop during boot or firmware update.
  • Volume group does not allow creation of a name that duplicates a host group name.
  • Syslog events are not generated unless SMTP settings are input.
  • Snapshots schedules fail and the error message "renaming a snapshot, failed to locate the oldest snapshot" displays after modifying the retention count to 1.
  • The CLI incorrectly shows a successful return status to the "test email" command when email settings are disabled.
  • When getting logs from the array, one of the following error messages displays:
    • ERROR: Failed to obtain Storage Controller logs - Application not responding.
    • 421 Timeout Connection closed by remote host.

Please refer to the Release Notes for the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

Enhancements

The following features were added or enhanced in controller firmware VL270R001-01:

  • Increased potential random performance on MSA 1050 storage system.
  • Enabled the ability to authenticate against an Active Directory domain.
  • Added IO Workload information to the SMU.
  • Added additional message showing disk group creation succeeds when a drive failure occurs.
  • Disabled all SSL and TLS protocols except TLS v1.2.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.


Version:VL270R001-01 (15 Aug 2018)
Fixes

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


The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL270R001-01.

  • Unable to delete a volume that has no name shown in the Storage Management Utility (SMU)
  • On a controller that was shutdown, unable to restart the controller using the SMU on that controller.
  • PCIe Link Recovery causes a controller to cease operation.
  • More than 254 registrants on a volume causes controller reboot.
  • Controller enters a continuous warm boot loop during boot or firmware update.
  • Volume group does not allow creation of a name that duplicates a host group name.
  • Syslog events are not generated unless SMTP settings are input.
  • Snapshots schedules fail and the error message "renaming a snapshot, failed to locate the oldest snapshot" displays after modifying the retention count to 1.
  • The CLI incorrectly shows a successful return status to the "test email" command when email settings are disabled.
  • When getting logs from the array, one of the following error messages displays:
    • ERROR: Failed to obtain Storage Controller logs - Application not responding.
    • 421 Timeout Connection closed by remote host

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.

Enhancements

The following features were added or enhanced in controller firmware VL270R001-01.

  • Increased potential random performance on MSA 1050 storage system.
  • Enabled the ability to authenticate against an Active Directory domain.
  • Added IO Workload information to the SMU.
  • Added additional message showing disk group creation succeeds when a drive failure occurs.
  • Disabled all SSL and TLS protocols except TLS v1.2.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.


Version:VL100P001 (5 Sep 2017)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HPE requires users update to this version immediately.


The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL100P001:

  • Disk groups remain offline or quarantined after missing drives return to an online state.
  • Rare data integrity issue found in lab testing environment under heavy load when system is running replications and controller failback occurs.
  • Compact Flash flush failure error incorrectly invalidates cache data.

The following features were fixed in controller firmware VL100R004: 

  • None - initial release.

Please refer to the Release Notes for  the complete listing of fixes, enhancements, known issues and work-arounds corresponding to this firmware.


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