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Honeywell Next Generation Platform with Dell FX2 + VMware VSAN

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I wished over these past years I could blog in technical detail about all the great things I’ve experienced working for VMware. A big part of my job as a VMware TAM is being a trusted advisor and helping VMWare customers build products they can resell to their customers. These past years I’ve worked directly with my customer to help them build a better offering and very soon it will be released. Below is a tweet from Michal Dell around the Honeywell Next Generation Platform and an in-depth video by Paul Hodge. The entire team (Honeywell, Dell, and VMWare) have been working tirelessly to make this product great. It’s been a long haul with so many late nights and deadlines BUT like so many others on this team I’m honored to say I put my personal stamp on this product. Soon it will be deployed globally and it’s a great day for Honeywell, Dell, and VMware. You all should be proud!

Solved: WARNING: Link is up but PHY type 0x3 is not recognized – Can cause ESXi 6 purple screens

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The Error >> When running an Intel x710 NIC with the ESXi i40e driver you notice your vmkernel.log completely full of the error “WARNING: Link is up but PHY type 0x3 is not recognized”

The Solution >> Ensure X710 firmware is at 17.5.11 (aka 5.04 in ESXi) and ESXi i40e Driver to 1.4.26 or 1.4.28 and these errors stop

The Follow-up >> Check out your NIC on the VMWare HCL for the Correct driver/firmware guidance. This is the link I used.

Other notes…

Sending Millions of the PHY errors to your event logs could be causing other issues for your ESXi host. Look for local boot disk latency or Networking errors in your ESXi host event logs. Once you apply this solution these issues should stop. If not, then you may have other issues impacting your boot disks.

*Updates*

  • After applying this solution we then noticed the vmkernel started to populate with ‘driver issue detected, PF reset issued’ the solution for this is to disable TSO/LRO.  VMWare KB 205140.
  • 04-10-2017 There is a new VMware driver listed for the X710, will be testing soon and will post up results.  Release notes indicate fixes for the following:
    – Fix duplicate mulicast packet issue
    – Fix PSOD caused by small TSO segmentation

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Updating the Dell FX2 Backplane and Non-Backplane firmware based on VMWare KB 2109665

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The Fun:

Recently I was working with a Dell FX2 + VSAN environment and came across this VMware KB (2109665) around updating the Backplane and Non-Backplane Expander firmware. I’m not going to get into the details of this KB as others have rehashed it in multiple blogs. Here is a good example: http://anthonyspiteri.net/vsan-dell-perc-important-driver-and-firmware-updates/

However, what I find is the KB, blogs, and Dell just merely tell you to update the firmware but they don’t tell you how or where to. If you have worked with the FX2 you’d know there are the many ways you can update the firmware but finding the right on one, of the 6 different ways, can be a bit frustrating.

A Simple Solution:

To update the Backplane Expander and Non-Backplane Expander you will need to boot the server into the Lifecycle Controller at boot time. Then I choose to use a USB key to update the firmware.

Glorious Screenshots:

Launch the Lifecycle Controller during boot time then choose Firmware Update >> Launch Firmware Update

I choose to use USB. Tip: Make sure your USB ports are enabled in the BIOS

Choose your file to be updated. Tip: I renamed the firmware file to something easier to type.

Click on next and let it finish the process…

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How to find Dell PERC FD332 or H330 Firmware Versions in ESXi 6

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Today’s adventure seemed an easy task but ended up taking much too long to find the right answer.

The task… ‘Is there a way to find the firmware version of a Dell Perc FD332 or H330 controller using command line in ESXi 6?’

The answer:

‘zcat /var/log/boot.gz |grep -i firm’

Things that didn’t work –

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1002413

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2014/04/08/updating-lsi-firmware-esxi-commandline/

Thanks going out to my fellow VMware TAMs for helping me to locate this answer.

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