Update FC HBA firmware on esxi 4.1 host
Posted on 2012-09-16
Ive been given the task of updating the firmware on about 5 VM hosts running esxi4.1 in our workplace. The driver version seems to be current but some of the hosts firmware is out of date (according to vmware support).
Adapter: Emulex Corporation LPe11000 4Gb Fibre Channel Host Adapter
Driver: Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel SCSI driver 18.104.22.168.1-58vmw (up to date)
Installed firmware version is: 1.11A5 (US1.11A5) but need to get to: 2.82A4 (Z3F2.82A4)
Running off HP G5's
Dont know why our vmware guys didn't get this task but its been assigned to me to do so here I am.... Ive checked a few online forums but alot of the suggestions refer to esx hosts, not esxi. I'm not afraid of the CLI as I tinker with Linux OS's but vmware is a new area for me. So wondering if any experts out there can give me some sort of process I need to follow, what additional tools need to be installed, prerequisites etc - in order for the FW upgrade to take place. The test VM host seems to have all the up-to-date firmware so I'm hesitant to make sure I do it correctly as it will roll straight into a production environment...