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* RECOMMENDED * HP Modular Smart Array 2000i controller firmware

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Type: Firmware - Storage Controller
Version: J212P01(1 Jan 3000)
Operating System(s):
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems | View all
This is a firmware upgrade for HP Modular Smart Array 2000i Controllers. This firmware which adds improvements and corrects issues found during use and additional qualification testing after initial product release can be installed from any computer running a supported operating system with an Ethernet connection to MSA2012i array.

The following enhancements were incorporated in J202P01, J212P01, and J302P01:

  • In the CLI, for the set advanced-settings command, the single-controller on parameter was added to set Single Controller redundancy mode for a single installed controller.
Please refer the Release Notes for a complete listing of fixes, known issues and work-arounds and installation instructions.

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

7957e563d145a16d26d4811aecef1474ee8c96761ceee9961ef43064ad7d9852 neptunesw-J212P01-01.bin

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


Installation:
When planning a firmware upgrade:
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.

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

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

WARNING: Do not cycle power 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

Installation Instructions using SMU

  1. Place the downloaded firmware package in a temporary directory. The firmware filename is in the following format: neptunesw-J212P01-01.bin
  2. In single-domain environments, stop I/O to vdisks before starting the firmware update.
  3. Log in to the SMU and select Manage > Update Software > Controller Software.
    A table displays currently installed firmware versions.
  4. Click Browse and then select the firmware file to install.
  5. Click Load Software Package File.
    It takes approximately 10 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete
    on the controller you are connected to. Wait for the progress messages to specify that the update
    has completed. If Partner Firmware Update is enabled, allow an additional 20 minutes
    for the partner controller to be updated.
  6. In the SMU display, verify that the proper firmware version appears for each module.
Installation Instructions using FTP
  1. Place the downloaded firmware package in a temporary directory. The firmware filename is in the following format: neptunesw-J212P01-01.bin
  2. Using the SMU, prepare to use FTP:
    a. Determine the network-port IP addresses of the system controllers.
    b. Verify that the system FTP service is enabled.
    c. Verify that the user you will log in as has permission to use the FTP interface and has manage
    access rights.
  3. In single-domain environments, stop I/O to vdisks before starting the firmware update.
  4. Open a command prompt (Windows) or a terminal window (UNIX), and navigate to the directory
    containing the firmware file to load.
    a. Enter ftp <controller-network-address>. (For example: ftp 10.1.0.9)
    b. Log in as an FTP user (user = ftp, password = flash).
    c. Enter put <firmware-file> flash. (For example: put neptunesw-J212P01-01.bin flash)
  5. If needed, repeat these steps to load the firmware on additional modules.
  6. Quit the FTP session.
  7. In the SMU display, verify that the proper firmware version appears for each module.

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


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


Important:

CAUTION: Updating Array controller firmware with only one Array controller will require the MSA2000 system to go offline to complete the firmware update.

IMPORTANT: In a single-controller system, updating firmware causes all disks to be temporarily inaccessible. Stop I/O to vdisks before performing this operation.

NOTE: It takes approximately 10 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete with the first controller. If there is a second controller then the full process time is about 25 mintues. 


Notes:

J212P01 build includes the following:

  • Storage Controller:                J212P01
  • Memory Controller FPGA:      F300R22
  • Storage Controller Loader:     15.010
  • MC Loader:                          12.013
  • Management Controller:         W421R46
  • CPLD:                                  B110J27
  • Expander Controller:              I320B18
Please refer the Release Notes for a complete listing of fixes, known issues and work-arounds and installation instructions.

Supported Devices and Features:
MSA2012i


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


The following fixes were incorporated in J202P01, J212P01, and J302P01:

  • In a Windows cluster environment, there was a possibility that a scrub, reconstruction, or volume creation could cause a controller to crash.
  • In the Windows Server 2008 R2 environment, cluster validation failed during the cluster creation.
  • iSCSI IQN/host mapping failed when uppercase characters were used in the IQN string.
  • Enclosure ID numbers were not updated when an additional drive enclosure was added to an array running on a single controller.
  • In the SMU, the enclosure status displayed a false red alert status following a firmware update when the status was actually OK.
Please refer the Release Notes for a complete listing of fixes, known issues and work-arounds and installation instructions.

CAUTION: Updating Array controller firmware with only one Array controller will require the MSA2000 system to go offline to complete the firmware update.

IMPORTANT: In a single-controller system, updating firmware causes all disks to be temporarily inaccessible. Stop I/O to vdisks before performing this operation.

NOTE: It takes approximately 10 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete with the first controller. If there is a second controller then the full process time is about 25 mintues. 

Type: Firmware - Storage Controller
Version: J212P01(1 Jan 3000)
Operating System(s):
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86-64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86)
VMware ESX Server 3.0
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1
VMware ESX/ESXi Server 3.5

Description

This is a firmware upgrade for HP Modular Smart Array 2000i Controllers. This firmware which adds improvements and corrects issues found during use and additional qualification testing after initial product release can be installed from any computer running a supported operating system with an Ethernet connection to MSA2012i array.

Enhancements

The following enhancements were incorporated in J202P01, J212P01, and J302P01:

  • In the CLI, for the set advanced-settings command, the single-controller on parameter was added to set Single Controller redundancy mode for a single installed controller.
Please refer the Release Notes for a complete listing of fixes, known issues and work-arounds and installation instructions.

Installation Instructions

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

7957e563d145a16d26d4811aecef1474ee8c96761ceee9961ef43064ad7d9852 neptunesw-J212P01-01.bin

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


Installation:
When planning a firmware upgrade:
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.

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

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

WARNING: Do not cycle power 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

Installation Instructions using SMU

  1. Place the downloaded firmware package in a temporary directory. The firmware filename is in the following format: neptunesw-J212P01-01.bin
  2. In single-domain environments, stop I/O to vdisks before starting the firmware update.
  3. Log in to the SMU and select Manage > Update Software > Controller Software.
    A table displays currently installed firmware versions.
  4. Click Browse and then select the firmware file to install.
  5. Click Load Software Package File.
    It takes approximately 10 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete
    on the controller you are connected to. Wait for the progress messages to specify that the update
    has completed. If Partner Firmware Update is enabled, allow an additional 20 minutes
    for the partner controller to be updated.
  6. In the SMU display, verify that the proper firmware version appears for each module.
Installation Instructions using FTP
  1. Place the downloaded firmware package in a temporary directory. The firmware filename is in the following format: neptunesw-J212P01-01.bin
  2. Using the SMU, prepare to use FTP:
    a. Determine the network-port IP addresses of the system controllers.
    b. Verify that the system FTP service is enabled.
    c. Verify that the user you will log in as has permission to use the FTP interface and has manage
    access rights.
  3. In single-domain environments, stop I/O to vdisks before starting the firmware update.
  4. Open a command prompt (Windows) or a terminal window (UNIX), and navigate to the directory
    containing the firmware file to load.
    a. Enter ftp <controller-network-address>. (For example: ftp 10.1.0.9)
    b. Log in as an FTP user (user = ftp, password = flash).
    c. Enter put <firmware-file> flash. (For example: put neptunesw-J212P01-01.bin flash)
  5. If needed, repeat these steps to load the firmware on additional modules.
  6. Quit the FTP session.
  7. In the SMU display, verify that the proper firmware version appears for each module.

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.


Important:

CAUTION: Updating Array controller firmware with only one Array controller will require the MSA2000 system to go offline to complete the firmware update.

IMPORTANT: In a single-controller system, updating firmware causes all disks to be temporarily inaccessible. Stop I/O to vdisks before performing this operation.

NOTE: It takes approximately 10 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete with the first controller. If there is a second controller then the full process time is about 25 mintues. 


Notes:

J212P01 build includes the following:

  • Storage Controller:                J212P01
  • Memory Controller FPGA:      F300R22
  • Storage Controller Loader:     15.010
  • MC Loader:                          12.013
  • Management Controller:         W421R46
  • CPLD:                                  B110J27
  • Expander Controller:              I320B18
Please refer the Release Notes for a complete listing of fixes, known issues and work-arounds and installation instructions.

Supported Devices and Features:
MSA2012i


Fixes

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


The following fixes were incorporated in J202P01, J212P01, and J302P01:

  • In a Windows cluster environment, there was a possibility that a scrub, reconstruction, or volume creation could cause a controller to crash.
  • In the Windows Server 2008 R2 environment, cluster validation failed during the cluster creation.
  • iSCSI IQN/host mapping failed when uppercase characters were used in the IQN string.
  • Enclosure ID numbers were not updated when an additional drive enclosure was added to an array running on a single controller.
  • In the SMU, the enclosure status displayed a false red alert status following a firmware update when the status was actually OK.
Please refer the Release Notes for a complete listing of fixes, known issues and work-arounds and installation instructions.

Important

CAUTION: Updating Array controller firmware with only one Array controller will require the MSA2000 system to go offline to complete the firmware update.

IMPORTANT: In a single-controller system, updating firmware causes all disks to be temporarily inaccessible. Stop I/O to vdisks before performing this operation.

NOTE: It takes approximately 10 minutes for the firmware to load and for the automatic restart to complete with the first controller. If there is a second controller then the full process time is about 25 mintues. 

Revision History

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