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Q&A from UCS Firmware Upgrade and General Troubleshooting

This is the Q&A from "UCS Firmware Upgrade and General Troubleshooting"

 

UCS Firmware Upgrade and Troubleshooting Related:

Q: Not getting matrix for most of version in tool.
A: Please use this link
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/servers-unified-computing/unified-computing-system/products-technical-reference-list.html

Q: Not getting compatibility for most of compatibility
A: You would need to choose firstly on C series  or B series and accordingly we would get the options

Q: Its not showing the series which i am looking for ucs-c210-m2
A: Every Qtr and depends on the critical bugs

Q: We are getting conflicting response
A: Please refer the PDF document and cross check with TAC engineer

Q: does cisco supports b series Still?
A: Cisco B-series is the blade server environment

Q: Do we have to upgrade blades one by one or can i upgrade all the blades at a time ?
A: Both options are available, we will cover both

Q: When we should upgrade the BIOS and the BMC ? I mean in the order  ?
A: Please refer the upgrade guide, it mentions the order of the components to be upgraded http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/servers-unified-computing/ucs-manager/products-installation-guides-list.html

Q: After upgrading fw to 2.1 3a the vem components of esx distributed switch were deleted ?
A: Was there an issue ? Was there a TAC case opened?

Q: Yes the vmware distributed switch vem components were deleted from the esx box
A: Ok, please have a TAC case opened to look into the issue

Q: How frequently a fw comes in ucs?
A: Every Qtr and important Bugs which we come across

Q: What does the option recover server does?
A: It will be covered in the session. In summary it gives u option to recover server from corrupt bios, cimc etc

Q: And start fault supression?
A: This is to supress the faults but it does not clear tha alerts. It simply supresses the fault to avoid any snmp alarms etc.

Q: What is recommendation way to upgrade the firmware version – Manual or Auto Firmware Upgrade ?
A: No specific recommendations. It is about user comfort. USe auto if you are unaware of not comfortable with manual upgrade.

Q: If we select to recover cimc/bios does it need a reboot?
A: if it is only CIMC recovery--> No but if it is BIOS it wil reboot.

Q: Can all the events from the console be sent as SNMP traps to a destination ?
A: Refer the following link for version 2.0 http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/sw/gui/config/guide/2-0/b_UCSM_GUI_Configuration_Guide_2_0/b_UCSM_GUI_Configuration_Guide_2_0_chapter_0110.html#task_2054446421216050764

Related Information

Session Presentation - UCS Firmware Upgrade and General Troubleshooting
Video - UCS Firmware Upgrade and General Troubleshooting

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New Member

Dear Sandeep;

Really appreciated your Tips ehre.

I am very new to UCS world and  we had one issue and after opening a case with  TAC they found a bug and they want us to carry on the work around as our own or the help of AS team.

The bug link is as below.

https://tools.cisco.com/bugsearch/bug/CSCue49366/?reffering_site=dumpcr

The issue now for me is the i have not much idea about all the dependencies associated with teh IOM firmware upgarde and the system is in production so I am afraid of doing this.My question is.

 

1.SHould I do the firmware upgarde of IOM only or all the other UCS components firmware kie FI,CIMC etc?

2.How to verify the firmware compatibility?

3.I know the firmware upgrade procedure and I did it in my training in fastlane but how to do all these i am lost?

 

Appreciate your valuable reply.

 

Regards

Debashis

New Member

Hi Dehashis,

I'm in the process of building an action plan to perform my first UCS B Series firmware upgrade and found this great blog from Chris Murray.  His website is unfortunately down at the moment - but I found the his article copied over onto this other blog with further comments added:

http://blog.ndaher.dyndns.org/wordpress/?p=157

Good luck and please consider sharing the lessons learned from your upgrade.

Amir

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