Posts Tagged ‘HP’

VMware: Illegal OpCode after adding HP NC553i 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric adapter (RSOD)

July 20th, 2012 2 comments

Today I was adding some new HP NC553i 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric mezzanine cards in existing BL460 G7’s.. 3 months ago I’ve installed the latest firmware, the hypervisor installation is VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1 Update 2.. I received this warning messages:



Adapter type: HP NC553i 10Gb 2-oirt FlexFabric Adapter




VMware released a KB article KB1035114:

When installing ESX 4.x on the ProLiant BL460c G7, BL465c G7, BL680c G7 and BL685c G7 server blades you are required to include network drivers for the NC551i and NC553i network adapters. These network cards use a controller from ServerEngines (now owned by Emulex), and the drivers are included in the Driver CD for ServerEngines BladeEngine 10Gb Ethernet Controller package (currently at version 2.102.440.0). 


Install latest firmware:

Download and install the latest firmware firmware, I’ve installed HP Smart Update Firmware Pack 10.10 (you can install the single FlexFabric Network adapter firmware here)

Download supported drivers:

I’ve downloaded the HP “VMware ESX 4.0/4.1 Driver CD for Emulex OneConnect OCe10102 10GbE Adapter (Network Function)” pack with the following supported drivers:


  • HP NC550SFP Dual Port 10GbE Server Adapter
  • HP NC550m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter
  • HP NC551i FlexFabric 10Gb Adapter
  • HP NC551m FlexFabric 10Gb Adapter
  • HP NC552m 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter
  • HP NC552SFP 10Gb 2-port Ethernet Server Adapter
  • HP NC553i 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter
  • HP NC553m 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter
  • HP Flex-10 10Gb 2-port 552M Adapter
  • HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 554FLB Adapter
  • HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 554FLR-SFP+ Adapter
  • HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 554M Adapter
  • HP CN1000E Dual Port Converged Network Adapter
  • HP CN1100E Dual Port Converged Network Adapter

Download source: HP


Install the latest supported driver:

- Start the host and disable the adapter in the BIOS
- Upload driver via SSH/WinSCP/or (if possible) Browse Datastore..
- To install the driver:

esxupdate – update



Installation output:


.. reboot the host > enable the adapter in the BIOS, result:




More information: VMware KB

VMware: Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: failure

March 29th, 2012 5 comments

Today I was installing VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1 at some brand new BL460 G7’s.. after creating a new array I started the installation, after F11 to “Accept and continue” I received this error message:

vmkctl.hostctlexception: unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmfs3: failure





To resolve this issue, download the ESXi 4.1 HP build from HP at

  • This issue has been observed on these servers: 
    • HP BL 685c G7
    • HP BL 680c G7
    • HP BL 495c G5
    • HP BL 465c G7
    • HP BL 460c G7
    • HP BL 490c G7
  • After I Installed the HP version (always recommended but this customer installed the other hosts with the original installer) the setup completed!

More information from HP:

The Broadcom bnx2x VMware ESX Driver Version 1.54 does not function with HP Virtual Connect Device Control Channel (DCC) and SmartLink features on ProLiant and Integrity server blades configured with the NC532m or the NC532i adapter running firmware version 2.2.6. After installing or upgrading VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1 the following functionality is either not installed or is lost:

  1. New installation – DCC and SmartLink functionality is unavailable in an HP Virtual Connect environment with the NC532m or NC532i Network Adapters after installing VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1.
  2. Upgrade installation – If the bnx2x Asynchronous Driver Update CD version 1.52 was previously installed on a VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 host, DCC/SmartLink capabilities will be lost after upgrading to VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1, which will overwrite the bnx2x driver version 1.52 with version 1.54 that is included with the base VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1operating system.
  3. Network failover – ProLiant and Integrity server blades hosting VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1 may lose network failover capabilities that use the VMware ESX NIC teaming failover policy (vSwitch setting) "Link Status only."

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VMware: HP sizing tool for VMware vSphere

March 16th, 2012 2 comments

Last week I was writing a Technical Design for a customer to create a brand new vSphere 5 environment based on HP hardware (HP P4300 G2 storage and HP DL380G7 servers). I found HP Sizing Tools for VMware vSphere tool at the HP website to size and design storage and server components to run my new vSphere solution.

Here some installation and sizing facts:


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VMware: Configure Multipath Policy via PowerCLI

May 25th, 2011 12 comments

Tonight I need to configure the Multipath Policy from “Most Recently Used” to “Round Robin (VMware) on our vSphere 4.1 and HP EVA6400 environment. After reading “Configuration best practices for HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) family and VMware vSphere 4” I decided to change the path status

To check the status of the Multipath Policy you can run the following PowerCLI script:

Per host:

Get-VMhost ESXHOST | Get-ScsiLun -LunType disk


Per Cluster:

Get-Cluster CLUSTERNAME| Get-VMHost | Get-ScsiLun -LunType disk


To change the Multipath Policy you can run the following command:

Per Host:

Get-VMHost ESXHOST | Get-ScsiLun -CanonicalName "naa.6005*" | Set-ScsiLun -MultipathPolicy "roundrobin"


Result in vCenter:


VMware: SCSI reservation conflicts

December 23rd, 2010 4 comments

Last week I had some trouble by a customer, 4 of my 8 datastores aren’t visible/accessible on the 6 ESX 3.5u2 hosts connected to a (FC) HP MSA1500.  Some datastores become unavailable and some were not affected. Numerous VMs were down, some of those with warning messages like Orphaned and Inaccessible.

Oke.. let’s troubleshoot:


Checking for active paths: esxcfg-mpath -l | grep -i active

FC 6:2.1 210100e08bb27a58<->500508b30091aac9 vmhba1:0:2 On active preferred
FC 6:2.1 210100e08bb27a58<->500508b30091aac9 vmhba1:0:6 On active preferred
Local 70:0.0 vmhba2:0:0 On active preferred
FC 6:2.1 210100e08bb27a58<->500508b30091aac9 vmhba1:0:1 On active preferred
FC 6:2.1 210100e08bb27a58<->500508b30091aac9 vmhba1:0:5 On active preferred
FC 6:2.1 210100e08bb27a58<->500508b30091aac9 vmhba1:0:3 On active preferred
FC 6:2.1 210100e08bb27a58<->500508b30091aac9 vmhba1:0:7 On active preferred
FC 6:2.1 210100e08bb27a58<->500508b30091aac9 vmhba1:0:0 On active preferred
FC 6:2.1 210100e08bb27a58<->500508b30091aac9 vmhba1:0:4 On active preferred

All online!

Checking for death paths: esxcfg-mpath -l | grep -i death

[root@esxmeri01 /]#

None death paths!


Checking my HBA’s connected to the SAN: cd /vmfs/devices/disks and listls vmh*

vmhba1:0:1:0  vmhba1:0:2:1  vmhba1:0:4:0  vmhba1:0:5:1  vmhba1:0:7:0  vmhba2:0:0:1   vmhba2:0:0:3  vmhba2:0:0:6  vmhba2:0:0:9
vmhba1:0:1:1  vmhba1:0:3:0  vmhba1:0:4:1  vmhba1:0:6:0  vmhba1:0:7:1  vmhba2:0:0:10  vmhba2:0:0:4  vmhba2:0:0:7
vmhba1:0:2:0  vmhba1:0:3:1  vmhba1:0:5:0  vmhba1:0:6:1  vmhba2:0:0:0  vmhba2:0:0:2   vmhba2:0:0:5  vmhba2:0:0:8

All online!


Represent LUN’s from HP ACU to ESX hosts:

I unpresent and represented the LUN’s in the HP ACU to the hosts, did a rescan but no still no success

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Software: HP Proliant Support Pack Cleaner

January 21st, 2010 1 comment

Guillermo Musumeci has written a good tool for removing HP Proliant Support Pack, also a good tip @ Twitter: “Nice tool before p2v action” indeed, you must remove all driver software before you start p2v .


Download: Here

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Microsoft: Connection problems by opening iLO/iLO2 using Internet Explorer 8

November 17th, 2009 1 comment


When a remote connection is established with Integrated Lights-Out/Integrated Lights-Out 2 (iLO/iLO2) using Internet Explorer 8, the browser may stop responding due to Internet Explorer 8 security features. The issue occurs while connecting to the iLO webpage and starting IRC or another iLO/iLO2 remote console client.


Any ProLiant server using Integrated Lights-Out/Integrated Lights-Out 2 (iLO/iLO2) and connecting to a Remote Client using Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.


As a workaround, the iLO/iLO2 IP address or DNS name can be added to the Intranet Explorer 8 "Local Intranet" zone that lists Intranet websites.

Perform the following steps to add the DNS website name or IP address:

  1. In Internet Explorer 8 click on "Tools->Internet Options" and the Internet Options pop-up will be displayed.
  2. Click on the "Security" Tab.
  3. Select the "Local Intranet" icon and click on the "Sites" button to the right and the "Local Intranet" pop-up will be displayed.
  4. Click on "Advanced" and add the iLO/iLO2 IP address or DNS name into the blank text box and add the website to the local Intranet zone.
  5. After adding the website, click on "Close" to save the website in the zone.

After adding the iLO/iLO2 IP address or DNS name in the Internet Explorer 8 local Intranet zone, all iLO/iLO2 clients will connect as expected.


Source: HP and for the tip Eric Gray

VMware: Uninstall HP Management Agents

April 17th, 2009 No comments

Het is daarstraks niet gelukt om te upgraden van HP Management Agent versie 8.1 naar versie 8.2, had voorheen ook mijn oude installatie bestanden verwijdert.


Om de HP Management Agents te deinstalleren opnieuw de oude “hpmgmt-8.1.0-vmware3x.tgz” gedownload en uitgepakt met tar -zxvf hpmgmt-8.2.0-vmware3x.tgz


Uit de map: /var/tmp/update/hpmgmt/810/ het volgende commando uitgevoerd:

./ –uninstall


De agents worden nu juist gedeinsatlleerd:


De nieuwe installatie kan worden uitgevoerd.

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VMware: Software – System Management Version: 8.2.0 (30 Mar 2009)

April 17th, 2009 1 comment

Download: hpmgmt-8.2.0-vmware3x.tgz

Download URL:

Release notes:


  • The HP Insight Manager Agents version 8.2.0 supports VMware ESX 3.0.2 and higher versions only.
  • The upgrade of HP Insight Manager Agents is not supported. Please uninstall the older version before installing the HP Insight Manager Agents version 8.2.0.
  • The Emulex and Qlogic libraries will need to be downloaded from Qlogic and Emulex websites directly. For detailed download and installation instructions for these libraries, please refer to the “README” file, which is included in the downloadable HP Insight Manager package.


  • For the HP Insight Manager Agents to function properly with ESX 3.x, the firewall ports for the ‘hpim’ service (2381) and the ‘snmpd’ service need to be enabled. Please see the README file for additional details regarding how to enable these firewall ports during the Insight Manager Agents installation.
  • Configuring multiple trap destinations during silent installation of this package is currently not supported. If you want to configure multiple trap destinations, edit the “snmpd.conf” file to add the trap destinations and restart both the ‘snmpd’ and ‘hpasm’ services.
  • If the internal health LED on a server is amber, the server might shutdown or reboot as soon as the HP Insight Manager Agents are installed. This feature is called Automatic Server Recovery, and is enabled to ensure that the server can be recovered even though there is a major hardware problem. Please get the hardware error fixed if the color of the internal health LED on your server is amber.
  • The hp-OpenIPMI package is installed on ESX 3.0 and above. This package is for servers with iLO 2 and an IPMI Base Management Controller.
  • During the installation and configuration of HP Insight Manager Agents, the install script may prompt whether to keep the existing snmpd.conf file. The default to this prompt is ‘n’, which will then continue to gather the required SNMP configurations. Answer ‘y’ to this question only if you have a snmpd.conf file already configured with read/write strings and dlmod support.

Supported Devices and Features:
Supported Operating Systems
VMware ESX Server 3.x


./ –silent –inputfile hpmgmt.conf