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* RECOMMENDED * Online ROM Flash Component for VMware ESXi - Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812

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Type: Firmware - Storage Controller
Version: 6.64 (B)(1 Oct 2015)
Operating System(s):
VMware vSphere 6.0 | View all
File name: CP027482.zip (7.1 MB)
This Smart Component provides firmware for the following storage controllers: Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812

To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:

38de9d4fe06729b092ed30a69746a0ec CP027482.zip

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

 To use HP Smart Update Manager from the HP Service Pack for ProLiant:

     Offline (
The SPP Offline mode boots a special Linux OS environment, thus the Linux Smart Components are used, not the VMware Smart Components):

  • Place the HP Service Pack for ProLiant on a USB key using the HP USB Key Creator Utility.
  • Place the desired Linux firmware component to be updated in the directory, /hp/swpackages on the USB key.
  • Boot from the newly created HP Service Pack for ProLiant USB key.
  • Follow HP Smart Update Manager steps to complete firmware update.

     Remote Online:

  • Download the appropriate SPP.
  • Add the component to the SPP.
  • Mount the SPP on a remote server running Windows or Linux that has a network connection to the ESXi host to be updated.
  • Run HP SUM.
  • Add the ESXi host to be updated as a remote target/node.
  • Enter IP or DNS address of the ESXi host to be updated Enter the ESXi host credentials (root or administrator username and password).
  • For HP SUM 6.0 and newer, select both the Additional Package with the added component and the SPP Baseline on the node Inventory page.
  • Follow HP Smart Update Manager Steps and complete the firmware update.

Refer to the SPP documentation for detailed instructions at: http://www.hp.com/go/spp
 
To use HP Insight Control for vCenter :

  • Log in to the vSphere Client.
  • Select a server or cluster in the inventory tree.
  • Click the HP Insight Management tab.
  • Follow Insight Control for vCenter steps to update firmware using a Smart Component

To update firmware from VMware ESXi operating system on target server:

  • Enable Tech Support Mode on the ESXi host
  • Login as root. (You must be root in order to apply the update)
  • Place the Smart Component zip file in a temporary directory
  • Unzip the file CPXXXXXX.zip
  • Ensure that CPXXXXXX.vmexe is executable by using the command

                chmod +x CPXXXXXX.vmexe    

  • From the same directory, execute the Smart Component. For example: ./CPXXXXXX.vmexe
  • Follow the directions given by the Smart Component
  • Logout
  • Disable Tech Support Mode on the ESXi host
  • Reboot your system, if required, for the firmware update to take effect

 


End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Notes:

Deliverable Name: 

     Online ROM Flash Component for VMware ESXi - Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812

Release Version and/or Date: 
     6.64 (B)

Last Recommended or Critical Version:
     6.64 (B)

Previous Version of Firmware:
     6.64

Firmware Dependency:
     None 

Enhancements/New Features:

     None

Problems Fixed:

  • Running SMARTCTL (smartmontools) on HP Proliant G6/G7 (Px1x) Smart Array controllers that have firmware version 5.70 to 6.62 installed with SATA drives attached may result in system not responding or reboot. Wehn reboot occurred, a reboot 1719 POST error message with lockup 0x15 displayed.

Known Issues:
     None


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Running SMARTCTL (smartmontools) on HP Proliant G6/G7 (Px1x) Smart Array controllers that have firmware version 5.70 to 6.62 installed with SATA drives attached may result in system not responding or reboot. When reboot occurred, a reboot 1719 POST error message with lockup 0x15 displayed.
Version:6.64 (B) (1 Oct 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Running SMARTCTL (smartmontools) on HP Proliant G6/G7 (Px1x) Smart Array controllers that have firmware version 5.70 to 6.62 installed with SATA drives attached may result in system not responding or reboot. When reboot occurred, a reboot 1719 POST error message with lockup 0x15 displayed.

Version:6.64 (15 Jun 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Running SMARTCTL (smartmontools) on HP Proliant G6/G7 (Px1x) Smart Array controllers that have firmware version 5.70 to 6.62 installed with SATA drives attached may result in system not responding or reboot. When reboot occurred, a reboot 1719 POST error message with lockup 0x15 displayed.

Version:6.62 (6 Apr 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Problems Fixed:

  • On systems configured with HP Smart Array P711m controllers connected to logical volumes on HP P2000 G3 SAS storage arrays, the Smart Array device driver ‘hpsa’ would cease to function during installation of VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2.
  • After the Smart Array device driver 'hpsa' was upgraded to version 3.4.6-165 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Update 4 or Update 5 on a server configured with logical volumes on HP P2000 G3 Storage Systems or HP MSA 2040 SAS Storage Arrays, the system would cease to function and an HP Smart Array P712m controller lockup would be reported after reboot. (POST Error: 1719 - A controller failure event occurred prior to this power-up. (Previous lock up code = 0x13))
Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:

  • Performance enhancement when a drive starts to degrade due to excessive recovered media errors.

Version:6.60 (B) (30 Mar 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

  • Customers who already installed firmware version 6.60 do not need to update to 6.60 (B).

Problems Fixed in version 6.60:
This firmware release resolved the following issues:

  • After a mode toggle at EFI ORCA was performed, the controller name would not be displayed when running the command: “reconnect –r”.
  • Controller displayed a POST error message 1805 “Cache Module Super–Cap is not installed” when the controller was configured to work without super-capacitors.
  • Corrected thermal behavior with HDDs.
  • Controllers configured with one or more SATA spare drives and firmware version 6.40 (or earlier) may halt with "Lockup Code = 0xAB" after 64, 128, or 256 days.
  • HP Smart Array P812 controller onboard expander firmware was updated to version 3.12 to enforce 3Gbps SATA connection speeds which is the maximum supported SATA data rate on HP Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812 controllers.
Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features

  • Enhanced the controller SAS discovery logic to tolerate devices that may be resetting.
  • Added a new POST message 1813 to indicate bad or failed battery charge circuit.
Enhancements/New Features for 6.60 (B):
  • Added support for VMware vSphere 6.0

Version:6.60 (9 Sep 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Problems Fixed in version 6.60:
This firmware release resolved the following issues:

  • After a mode toggle at EFI ORCA was performed, the controller name would not be displayed when running the command: “reconnect –r”.
  • Controller displayed a POST error message 1805 “Cache Module Super–Cap is not installed” when the controller was configured to work without super-capacitors.
  • Corrected thermal behavior with HDDs.
  • Controllers configured with one or more SATA spare drives and firmware version 6.40 (or earlier) may halt with "Lockup Code = 0xAB" after 64, 128, or 256 days.
  • HP Smart Array P812 controller onboard expander firmware was updated to version 3.12 to enforce 3Gbps SATA connection speeds which is the maximum supported SATA data rate on HP Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812 controllers.
Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features

  • Enhanced the controller SAS discovery logic to tolerate devices that may be resetting.
  • Added a new POST message 1813 to indicate bad or failed battery charge circuit.

Version:6.40 (B) (18 Oct 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

  • Customers who already installed firmware version 6.40 do not need to update to 6.40 (B).

Problems Fixed in version 6.40(B):

  • Fixed an installation issue where version 6.40 of the Online Smart Array firmware smart components for the Smart Array P410i Controller would in some cases update the SAS expander in the HP D2200sb Storage Blade with incorrect firmware causing the Smart Array P410i Controller to be unable to communicate with the hard drives installed in the HP D2200sb Storage Blade. Reference Customer Advisory c03964262 for additional important information about this issue.
Problems Fixed in version 6.40:
  • False POST 1705 messages were being posted on the HP BL465c G7 or HP BL685c G7 Blade systems that used HP Smart Array P410i controller firmware version 5.76 or greater. The POST was indicateding a bad Super-Cap, which in turn disabled write caching.
  • On rare occasions the controller would become unresponsive during POST.
  • On intermittent occasions, SATA spare drives in a JBOD were being marked as hot removed and then rediscovered.
  • Customers could not invoke ORCA via command line interface, by pressing the escape key-strokes “Esc+6” or "F6" or “Esc+8” or "F8" via the BIOS Serial Console.
Note: Version 6.40 is no longer available for download from HP Support Center, but the following fixes are also provided in version 6.40(B).
Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:

  • Allow Windows Server 2012 drivers to utilize command addressing above the lower 4GB memory region when requested by the storage driver.
  • Version 6.40(B) added support for VMware vSphere 5.5.

Version:6.00 (19 Feb 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

Important Note:

  • Do not upgrade HP ProLiant BL465c G7 or ProLiant BL685c G7 Server Blades with embedded P410i Smart Array Controllers to Smart Array Firmware Version 6.00. Some servers may experience an Array Accelerator Super-Capacitor charging failure and subsequent failure of the embedded P410i Smart Array Controller on specified servers.

Problems Fixed:
The following problems are addressed in version 6.00 of Online ROM Flash Component for VMware ESXi - Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812:

  • On rare occasions during power-up of an HP D2200sb the expander backplane would be unresponsive. When the expander backplane was unresponsive, the attached Smart Array Controller was not allowed to discover drives that were attached.
  • On an HP P812 controller, executing several sequential Write operations to more than 75 hard drives would result in a controller lockup.
  • Modified the FBWC module code to improve the training of the DDR2 DIMMs in order to prevent the rare occasions when 1783 POST error messages displays followed by an unresponsive controller.
  • Protection has been added to prevent potential Smart Array controller hangs under rare conditions when hot-adding hard drives.
  • When running in a Solaris environment, Smart Array firmware version 6.00 works around an issue where the driver would not handle asynchronous events from the Smart Array controller properly.
  • An interaction issue occurred between the Smart Array Controller and HP SAS Expander card in which the Hard Drives attached to the HP SAS Expander were not being discovered occasionally upon boot up or hot plug.
  • On rare occasions, the Smart Array controller would reset the same SATA drive several times when a PHY is stuck longer than four seconds.
  • The Smart Array P711m and P712m would report false link errors.
  • The Open Connection timeout was reduced to 900 microseconds so that SAS connections terminate gracefully and data transfer stalls are prevented.
  • The Smart Array controller would not connect to hard drives within 20ms under heavy stress.
  • Upon power up, a Post message will now be displayed to the user to indicate that a cache module is needed for the P711m controller.
  • When running heavy I/O in RAID 5, while an HP P410 controller was connected to more than 17 SAS drives in an HP DL180 G6 server with a 25SFF backplane, a lockup issue (error code 0xAB or 0xEA) could occur.
  • During heavy I/O when the HP P711m controller is connected to a HP P2000sa G3 MSA Array System via a HP 6Gb SAS Switch, a lockup issue (error code 0x15) could occur.
  • After a system with (2) or more empty SAS storage boxes, Box 1, 2, 3 …, attached to an HP SAS Expander card is powered up and then a drive is hot plugged into Box 2 or above, ACU and ORCA would incorrectly display the drive in Box 1.

Version:5.70 (B) (17 Jan 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

Customers who already installed firmware version 5.70 do not need to update to 5.70(B).


Problems Fixed:

  • Fixed an issue with the HP P812 controller in which a rare lockup (code 0xD4) could occur upon reboot.
  • Fixed an issue where disk location information was reported incorrectly in the HP DL580 G5 with the HP SAS Expander card
  • Fixed an issue where a RAID 6 volume could have inconsistent parity data in the last stripe in certain configurations after a volume transformation operation had occurred.
  • Fixed an issue where removal of a HP P2000saG3 controller module could cause a controller lockup (code 0xAB).
  • Fixed an issue where the hot-add of a 3TB drive to HP DL180G6 12 drive backplane could cause the controller to lock up (code 0x15).
  • Fixed an issue where the controller would lock up (code 0xBC) due to incorrectly placing host data into a write-cache line that had a memory error.
  • Fixed an issue where a controller configured for 100% read cache could cause a false "A cache error was detected. Run a diagnostic report for more information" error to be displayed in the 'Cache Status Details' column in ACU.
  • Fixed an issue where after hot-adding a SATA disk to an MSA-60, MSA-70, or HP DL180-G6 12-drive backplane, the storage controller could become unresponsive. Reference Customer Advisory c03011608.
  • Fixed an issue where the controller could become unresponsive while handling a hot-removal event when experiencing heavy I/O.
  • Fixed an issue that could be experienced during a volume transformation operation. If a logical Unrecovered Read Error occurred, it could cause the bad block(s) to be moved to the incorrect location in the transformed volume if the original volume was configured at an offset in the array.
  • Fixed an issue where simultaneous handling of many Unrecoverable Read Errors on SATA disks supporting Native Command Queuing could result in a lockup (code 0x15).
  • Fixed an issue where a disk of size >2TB could be incorrectly marked as failed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a lockup (code 0x13) with a SSD RAID 10 array under heavy I/O load.
  • Fixed an issue where SATA disks could occasionally be marked as failed or missing during boot when no cache module is installed on the controller.
  • Fixed an issue where a controller running with no cache module, attached to SATA disks, could encounter a lockup (code 0x15) when running HP Insight Diagnostics software or offline HDD firmware flash utility.
  • Fixed an issue with cable pull between the controller and an enclosure IO module that would cause a lockup (code 0x13) in Open VMS / Solaris systems.
  • Fixed several issues that caused the controller to become unresponsive at boot up time. Reference CA C03161926.
  • Fixed the controller firmware to properly process F1 and F2 keys at startup. Reference CA c03127437.
  • Fixed an issue in which 3TB drives were not managed as spares.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Server Serial Number, Product ID, and Other Configurations were cleared or set to default. Reference Customer Advisory c03083515
  • FW version 5.70(B) - Fixed an issue where installation of the component would not complete under HP Insight Control for vCenter.


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Type: Firmware - Storage Controller
Version: 6.64 (B)(1 Oct 2015)
Operating System(s):
VMware vSphere 6.0
VMware ESXi 5.0
VMware vSphere 5.1
VMware vSphere 5.5

Description

This Smart Component provides firmware for the following storage controllers: Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812

Installation Instructions

To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:

38de9d4fe06729b092ed30a69746a0ec CP027482.zip

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

 To use HP Smart Update Manager from the HP Service Pack for ProLiant:

     Offline (
The SPP Offline mode boots a special Linux OS environment, thus the Linux Smart Components are used, not the VMware Smart Components):

  • Place the HP Service Pack for ProLiant on a USB key using the HP USB Key Creator Utility.
  • Place the desired Linux firmware component to be updated in the directory, /hp/swpackages on the USB key.
  • Boot from the newly created HP Service Pack for ProLiant USB key.
  • Follow HP Smart Update Manager steps to complete firmware update.

     Remote Online:

  • Download the appropriate SPP.
  • Add the component to the SPP.
  • Mount the SPP on a remote server running Windows or Linux that has a network connection to the ESXi host to be updated.
  • Run HP SUM.
  • Add the ESXi host to be updated as a remote target/node.
  • Enter IP or DNS address of the ESXi host to be updated Enter the ESXi host credentials (root or administrator username and password).
  • For HP SUM 6.0 and newer, select both the Additional Package with the added component and the SPP Baseline on the node Inventory page.
  • Follow HP Smart Update Manager Steps and complete the firmware update.

Refer to the SPP documentation for detailed instructions at: http://www.hp.com/go/spp
 
To use HP Insight Control for vCenter :

  • Log in to the vSphere Client.
  • Select a server or cluster in the inventory tree.
  • Click the HP Insight Management tab.
  • Follow Insight Control for vCenter steps to update firmware using a Smart Component

To update firmware from VMware ESXi operating system on target server:

  • Enable Tech Support Mode on the ESXi host
  • Login as root. (You must be root in order to apply the update)
  • Place the Smart Component zip file in a temporary directory
  • Unzip the file CPXXXXXX.zip
  • Ensure that CPXXXXXX.vmexe is executable by using the command

                chmod +x CPXXXXXX.vmexe    

  • From the same directory, execute the Smart Component. For example: ./CPXXXXXX.vmexe
  • Follow the directions given by the Smart Component
  • Logout
  • Disable Tech Support Mode on the ESXi host
  • Reboot your system, if required, for the firmware update to take effect

 


Release Notes

End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Notes:

Deliverable Name: 

     Online ROM Flash Component for VMware ESXi - Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812

Release Version and/or Date: 
     6.64 (B)

Last Recommended or Critical Version:
     6.64 (B)

Previous Version of Firmware:
     6.64

Firmware Dependency:
     None 

Enhancements/New Features:

     None

Problems Fixed:

  • Running SMARTCTL (smartmontools) on HP Proliant G6/G7 (Px1x) Smart Array controllers that have firmware version 5.70 to 6.62 installed with SATA drives attached may result in system not responding or reboot. Wehn reboot occurred, a reboot 1719 POST error message with lockup 0x15 displayed.

Known Issues:
     None


Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Running SMARTCTL (smartmontools) on HP Proliant G6/G7 (Px1x) Smart Array controllers that have firmware version 5.70 to 6.62 installed with SATA drives attached may result in system not responding or reboot. When reboot occurred, a reboot 1719 POST error message with lockup 0x15 displayed.

Revision History

Version:6.64 (B) (1 Oct 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Running SMARTCTL (smartmontools) on HP Proliant G6/G7 (Px1x) Smart Array controllers that have firmware version 5.70 to 6.62 installed with SATA drives attached may result in system not responding or reboot. When reboot occurred, a reboot 1719 POST error message with lockup 0x15 displayed.

Version:6.64 (15 Jun 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


  • Running SMARTCTL (smartmontools) on HP Proliant G6/G7 (Px1x) Smart Array controllers that have firmware version 5.70 to 6.62 installed with SATA drives attached may result in system not responding or reboot. When reboot occurred, a reboot 1719 POST error message with lockup 0x15 displayed.

Version:6.62 (6 Apr 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Problems Fixed:

  • On systems configured with HP Smart Array P711m controllers connected to logical volumes on HP P2000 G3 SAS storage arrays, the Smart Array device driver ‘hpsa’ would cease to function during installation of VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 2.
  • After the Smart Array device driver 'hpsa' was upgraded to version 3.4.6-165 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Update 4 or Update 5 on a server configured with logical volumes on HP P2000 G3 Storage Systems or HP MSA 2040 SAS Storage Arrays, the system would cease to function and an HP Smart Array P712m controller lockup would be reported after reboot. (POST Error: 1719 - A controller failure event occurred prior to this power-up. (Previous lock up code = 0x13))
Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:

  • Performance enhancement when a drive starts to degrade due to excessive recovered media errors.

Version:6.60 (B) (30 Mar 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

  • Customers who already installed firmware version 6.60 do not need to update to 6.60 (B).

Problems Fixed in version 6.60:
This firmware release resolved the following issues:

  • After a mode toggle at EFI ORCA was performed, the controller name would not be displayed when running the command: “reconnect –r”.
  • Controller displayed a POST error message 1805 “Cache Module Super–Cap is not installed” when the controller was configured to work without super-capacitors.
  • Corrected thermal behavior with HDDs.
  • Controllers configured with one or more SATA spare drives and firmware version 6.40 (or earlier) may halt with "Lockup Code = 0xAB" after 64, 128, or 256 days.
  • HP Smart Array P812 controller onboard expander firmware was updated to version 3.12 to enforce 3Gbps SATA connection speeds which is the maximum supported SATA data rate on HP Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812 controllers.
Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features

  • Enhanced the controller SAS discovery logic to tolerate devices that may be resetting.
  • Added a new POST message 1813 to indicate bad or failed battery charge circuit.
Enhancements/New Features for 6.60 (B):
  • Added support for VMware vSphere 6.0

Version:6.60 (9 Sep 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Problems Fixed in version 6.60:
This firmware release resolved the following issues:

  • After a mode toggle at EFI ORCA was performed, the controller name would not be displayed when running the command: “reconnect –r”.
  • Controller displayed a POST error message 1805 “Cache Module Super–Cap is not installed” when the controller was configured to work without super-capacitors.
  • Corrected thermal behavior with HDDs.
  • Controllers configured with one or more SATA spare drives and firmware version 6.40 (or earlier) may halt with "Lockup Code = 0xAB" after 64, 128, or 256 days.
  • HP Smart Array P812 controller onboard expander firmware was updated to version 3.12 to enforce 3Gbps SATA connection speeds which is the maximum supported SATA data rate on HP Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812 controllers.
Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features

  • Enhanced the controller SAS discovery logic to tolerate devices that may be resetting.
  • Added a new POST message 1813 to indicate bad or failed battery charge circuit.

Version:6.40 (B) (18 Oct 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

  • Customers who already installed firmware version 6.40 do not need to update to 6.40 (B).

Problems Fixed in version 6.40(B):

  • Fixed an installation issue where version 6.40 of the Online Smart Array firmware smart components for the Smart Array P410i Controller would in some cases update the SAS expander in the HP D2200sb Storage Blade with incorrect firmware causing the Smart Array P410i Controller to be unable to communicate with the hard drives installed in the HP D2200sb Storage Blade. Reference Customer Advisory c03964262 for additional important information about this issue.
Problems Fixed in version 6.40:
  • False POST 1705 messages were being posted on the HP BL465c G7 or HP BL685c G7 Blade systems that used HP Smart Array P410i controller firmware version 5.76 or greater. The POST was indicateding a bad Super-Cap, which in turn disabled write caching.
  • On rare occasions the controller would become unresponsive during POST.
  • On intermittent occasions, SATA spare drives in a JBOD were being marked as hot removed and then rediscovered.
  • Customers could not invoke ORCA via command line interface, by pressing the escape key-strokes “Esc+6” or "F6" or “Esc+8” or "F8" via the BIOS Serial Console.
Note: Version 6.40 is no longer available for download from HP Support Center, but the following fixes are also provided in version 6.40(B).
Enhancements

Enhancements/New Features:

  • Allow Windows Server 2012 drivers to utilize command addressing above the lower 4GB memory region when requested by the storage driver.
  • Version 6.40(B) added support for VMware vSphere 5.5.

Version:6.00 (19 Feb 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

Important Note:

  • Do not upgrade HP ProLiant BL465c G7 or ProLiant BL685c G7 Server Blades with embedded P410i Smart Array Controllers to Smart Array Firmware Version 6.00. Some servers may experience an Array Accelerator Super-Capacitor charging failure and subsequent failure of the embedded P410i Smart Array Controller on specified servers.

Problems Fixed:
The following problems are addressed in version 6.00 of Online ROM Flash Component for VMware ESXi - Smart Array P212, P410, P410i, P411, P711m, P712m, and P812:

  • On rare occasions during power-up of an HP D2200sb the expander backplane would be unresponsive. When the expander backplane was unresponsive, the attached Smart Array Controller was not allowed to discover drives that were attached.
  • On an HP P812 controller, executing several sequential Write operations to more than 75 hard drives would result in a controller lockup.
  • Modified the FBWC module code to improve the training of the DDR2 DIMMs in order to prevent the rare occasions when 1783 POST error messages displays followed by an unresponsive controller.
  • Protection has been added to prevent potential Smart Array controller hangs under rare conditions when hot-adding hard drives.
  • When running in a Solaris environment, Smart Array firmware version 6.00 works around an issue where the driver would not handle asynchronous events from the Smart Array controller properly.
  • An interaction issue occurred between the Smart Array Controller and HP SAS Expander card in which the Hard Drives attached to the HP SAS Expander were not being discovered occasionally upon boot up or hot plug.
  • On rare occasions, the Smart Array controller would reset the same SATA drive several times when a PHY is stuck longer than four seconds.
  • The Smart Array P711m and P712m would report false link errors.
  • The Open Connection timeout was reduced to 900 microseconds so that SAS connections terminate gracefully and data transfer stalls are prevented.
  • The Smart Array controller would not connect to hard drives within 20ms under heavy stress.
  • Upon power up, a Post message will now be displayed to the user to indicate that a cache module is needed for the P711m controller.
  • When running heavy I/O in RAID 5, while an HP P410 controller was connected to more than 17 SAS drives in an HP DL180 G6 server with a 25SFF backplane, a lockup issue (error code 0xAB or 0xEA) could occur.
  • During heavy I/O when the HP P711m controller is connected to a HP P2000sa G3 MSA Array System via a HP 6Gb SAS Switch, a lockup issue (error code 0x15) could occur.
  • After a system with (2) or more empty SAS storage boxes, Box 1, 2, 3 …, attached to an HP SAS Expander card is powered up and then a drive is hot plugged into Box 2 or above, ACU and ORCA would incorrectly display the drive in Box 1.

Version:5.70 (B) (17 Jan 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.

Customers who already installed firmware version 5.70 do not need to update to 5.70(B).


Problems Fixed:

  • Fixed an issue with the HP P812 controller in which a rare lockup (code 0xD4) could occur upon reboot.
  • Fixed an issue where disk location information was reported incorrectly in the HP DL580 G5 with the HP SAS Expander card
  • Fixed an issue where a RAID 6 volume could have inconsistent parity data in the last stripe in certain configurations after a volume transformation operation had occurred.
  • Fixed an issue where removal of a HP P2000saG3 controller module could cause a controller lockup (code 0xAB).
  • Fixed an issue where the hot-add of a 3TB drive to HP DL180G6 12 drive backplane could cause the controller to lock up (code 0x15).
  • Fixed an issue where the controller would lock up (code 0xBC) due to incorrectly placing host data into a write-cache line that had a memory error.
  • Fixed an issue where a controller configured for 100% read cache could cause a false "A cache error was detected. Run a diagnostic report for more information" error to be displayed in the 'Cache Status Details' column in ACU.
  • Fixed an issue where after hot-adding a SATA disk to an MSA-60, MSA-70, or HP DL180-G6 12-drive backplane, the storage controller could become unresponsive. Reference Customer Advisory c03011608.
  • Fixed an issue where the controller could become unresponsive while handling a hot-removal event when experiencing heavy I/O.
  • Fixed an issue that could be experienced during a volume transformation operation. If a logical Unrecovered Read Error occurred, it could cause the bad block(s) to be moved to the incorrect location in the transformed volume if the original volume was configured at an offset in the array.
  • Fixed an issue where simultaneous handling of many Unrecoverable Read Errors on SATA disks supporting Native Command Queuing could result in a lockup (code 0x15).
  • Fixed an issue where a disk of size >2TB could be incorrectly marked as failed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a lockup (code 0x13) with a SSD RAID 10 array under heavy I/O load.
  • Fixed an issue where SATA disks could occasionally be marked as failed or missing during boot when no cache module is installed on the controller.
  • Fixed an issue where a controller running with no cache module, attached to SATA disks, could encounter a lockup (code 0x15) when running HP Insight Diagnostics software or offline HDD firmware flash utility.
  • Fixed an issue with cable pull between the controller and an enclosure IO module that would cause a lockup (code 0x13) in Open VMS / Solaris systems.
  • Fixed several issues that caused the controller to become unresponsive at boot up time. Reference CA C03161926.
  • Fixed the controller firmware to properly process F1 and F2 keys at startup. Reference CA c03127437.
  • Fixed an issue in which 3TB drives were not managed as spares.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Server Serial Number, Product ID, and Other Configurations were cleared or set to default. Reference Customer Advisory c03083515
  • FW version 5.70(B) - Fixed an issue where installation of the component would not complete under HP Insight Control for vCenter.