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Check the firmware version of a RAID card in a ESXi 4.1 server?

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Hey Experts,
Last week i had a VMware support case open.  I was watching the tech working on my server and he was in PUTTY and ran a command that showed him the info about the RAID card and it showed the firmware date.  he was going so fast i did not have time to write it down.

Does anyone have any idea how to get this info up?
(It was on a HP DL360G6 in the case before)
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by:bgoering
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It would be

cat /proc/scsi/ your adapter and / scsi bus # / command for your card

What kind of raid controller is it?
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by:KeeBlitz
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I believe this will show the version, but can't test at the moment.

In PuTTy, enter in the command iprconfig.
1. Display hardware status.
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by:tsukraw
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I have a couple different servers but they are all HP raid cards.  P212's  P410's
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by:bgoering
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I was thinking of something else in my first response - actually issuing a command to a card. Take a look at http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006696 for the real process :)
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by:tsukraw
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Ok i tried the HEAD and tha CAT here is what i get.
HP HPSA Driver (v 3.6.14.45-1vmw)
hpsa0: SCSI host: 6 nr_cmds: 28
c6b0t0l0 00 0x0000004000000000
c6b0t0l1 00 0x0100004000000000

THis is a P212 controller doesnt show the version.
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by:bgoering
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Isn't v 3.6.14.45-1vmw the firmware version?
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by:bgoering
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I suppose it may depend on the specific card vendor.

I get this on an emulux card:
[root@vmgrt1 lpfc820]# head -4 3
Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel SCSI driver 8.2.1.30.1-58vmw
Emulex LP1150-E 4Gb 1port FC: PCI-X2 SFF HBA on PCI bus 0000:42 device 08 irq 20

Get this on a qlogic:
[root@esx01 qla2xxx]# head -8 4
QLogic PCI to Fibre Channel Host Adapter for QLE2462:
        FC Firmware version 5.02.00 (496), Driver version 831.k1.28.1-1vmw

Host Device Name vmhba1

BIOS version 1.28
FCODE version 1.24
EFI version 1.08

Note I had to do a head -8 on the qlogic to get it all

Other controllers I tried it on gave "The driver does not yet support the proc-fs"

Good Luck
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hmmm, actually I didn't get down to the fw version on the emulux until I did a head -8, you might try adding a higher count to the head command.

[root@vmgrt1 lpfc820]# head -8 3
Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel SCSI driver 8.2.1.30.1-58vmw
Emulex LP1150-E 4Gb 1port FC: PCI-X2 SFF HBA on PCI bus 0000:42 device 08 irq 200
BoardNum: 0
Firmware Version: 2.10A7 (J2F2.10A7)
Portname: 10:00:00:00:c9:56:46:a2   Nodename: 20:00:00:00:c9:56:46:a2

Link Up - Ready:
   PortID 0x7a000b
[root@vmgrt1 lpfc820]#
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by:tsukraw
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adding a (-) doesnt seem to do anything.  If i do head 6 3 i get

hpsa0: SCSI host: 6 nr_cmds: 28
c6b0t0l0 00 0x0000004000000000
c6b0t0l1 00 0x0100004000000000
head: 3: No such file or directory
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by:bgoering
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do a

head -8 3

and see what you get
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by:tsukraw
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P212 doesn't show the firmware version for some reason but the P410 does just fine.  So something card to card.
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