There was new firmware for my HP BladeSystem so I chose this week end to do the upgrade. Perhaps that was a mistake, but I was having connection issues to my Interconnects and reporting was not happening. I also thought it would help with my non-working small LCD screen. That was also not the case. So the saga begins innocuous enough, with a successful but odd upgrade of the OA, then onto virtual connect devices, and finally was going to end with the brocade switch upgrade, leaving the blades firmware to be upgraded next time.
The OA upgrade went fine, but it took one of my nodes offline causing an HA event to occur. But only one of the nodes, not both of them.
The Flex-10 upgrade seemed to go fine, but the new firmware did not come into play until I rebooted the Flex-10 modules and that is one everything went pear-shaped. I lost complete connectivity to the entire virtual environment within the BladeSystem. It took a few hours to find the issue, but once I did, it was easy to solve. I needed to configure Enclosure Bay IP Addressing (EBIPA) to have the proper IP addresses for the HP Flex-10 modules in order to login to the Virtual Connect Manager to complete the upgrade. Once that was done, everything worked as expected.
However, I now have another issue and one perhaps related to why the HA event occurred. Apparently I am experiencing a power condition event which is now keeping the blade from rebooting properly. A quick search of Google pointed me to a site that stated they had the same problem and had to physically remove the blade from the enclosure and in effect re-seat it. Well that worked.
Given all the issues with this upgrade, upgrading the firmware on the blades themselves and the Brocade switches will just have to wait for a few weeks. With EBIPA properly configured now it should not be such a chore.
Edward L. Haletky, aka Texiwill, is an author, analyst, developer, technologist, and business owner. Edward owns AstroArch Consulting, Inc., providing virtualization, security, network consulting and development and TVP Strategy where he is also an Analyst. Edward is the Moderator and Host of the Virtualization Security Podcast as well as a guru and moderator for the VMware Communities Forums, providing answers to security and configuration questions. Edward is working on new books on Virtualization.