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Unable to See/Access local drive data store after upgrading esxi 4.1 to 5.1 on HS22 BLADE[7870]

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Recently upgraded some of my host 4.1 to 5.1 (running on HS22-7870 blades),

but after 2-3 days what i observed -unable to see local data store/logical drive on host

Checked with Vmware said- to check with hardware vendor

 and h/w vendor said all hardware part is ok.

Finally i used firmware /bios image   to upgrade firmware bios for IBM HS 22 7870 [earlier it was 1.11 and after upgrade firmware was 1.21]
 
and i found everything was up n fine after firmware upgrade

so just to confirm with experts..is it the valid approach , as none vmware/h/w vendor supported here, so decided to upgrade firmware on server?

will there be any issue/risk with h/w part after upgrading firmware bios on server?

bcoz now my server is up and fine and m able to access my local drive as well

but has to advice business to go ahead in same way for  other boxes we have to upgrade and upgrade earlier.
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by:djsharma
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Please do checking your firmware and BIOS levels to ensure compatibility with ESX/ESXi.
Refer the below link for understanding
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1037257
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You should always ensure your firmware on your host servers are up top date, especially when changing versions of VMware vSphere.
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by:patron
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ok, is there  any eveidnec article for vmware/vendor to do it before upgrade ?

 and please also confirm to check for firmware version compatible for esxi 5.1 ?
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It's common sense and from experience, that we upgrade firmwares of hardware with any rollout of any OS.

Also check

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl
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by:patron
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Thanks, thats i already checked .but looking for any  other support article..we can share
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We always ensure server hardware is up to date with firmware before we apply any OS.
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I found the following link that does mention how firmware upgrade pre-vmware upgrade are need to fix know issues...

http://www.derekseaman.com/2013/10/vsphere-5-5-install-pt-3-esxi-upgrade.html


"Before you upgrade check the VMware Compatibility Guide. Just because your host works with 5.0 or 5.1, does NOT mean it will work with 5.5. For example, historically HP BladeSystem has needed newer firmware to address gotchas with new ESXi builds. Don’t just blow this step off and think you have a tier-1 vendor so all is good. Likely specific firmware versions will be required/approved. Also, with 5.5 VMware removed some drivers like RealTek NICs. So if you do a fresh install you may suddenly be missing your NICs on a whitebox server. Doh!"
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issue resolved after firmware upgrade.
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