April HP ESXi bundle update fixes SmartArray warning

After the ridiculous mess HP caused with their last updates to the custom ESXi extensions back in January/Febuary, HP released new updates to the HP CIM providers a few days ago.
This update is fixing the issue that was probably responsible for all of these woes: HP SmartArray RAID Conrollers displaying a random warning message.
From the release notes:
Version: 1.4.5 (15 Apr 2013) hp-esxi5.0uX-bundle-1.4.5-3.zip
Version: 9.3.5 (15 Apr 2013) hp-ams-esxi5.0-bundle-9.3.5-3.zip
– Smart Array Controller incorrectly reports Degraded status:Fixed issue where HP Insight Management WBEM Providers were incorrectly reporting a ‘Degraded’ status for the Smart Array Controllers. This caused VMware vSphere Management Console under Health Status category to display a ‘Warning’ Status (Yellow Exclamation) for the HP Smart Array Controllers. HP System Insight Manager and Insight Control for vCenter and other users of the HP Insight Management WBEM Providers would also report the Smart Array Controller as ‘Degraded’.
– Smart Array physical drive incorrectly reports OK status: Fixed issue where HP Insight Management WBEM Providers were not correctly reporting a not-OK status for a removed drive connected to a Smart Array Controller. This caused HP System Insight Manager, VMware vSphere Management Console, Insight Control for vCenter and other users of the HP Insight Management WBEM Providers to report the physical drive as OK after it was removed.
– Server reports incorrect processor Model: Fixed issue where HP Insight Management WBEM Providers would report an incorrect Processor Model for ProLiant servers and blades. For example: “Intel(R) Family: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) 2.5GHz (x86 Family 179 Model 125 Stepping 7)”” is reported instead of the correct  “Intel(R) Family: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) 2.5GHz (x86 Family 179 Model 45 Stepping 7

Note that the HP vibsdepot metadata was not updated with this bundle yet (good job again, HP), so this update won’t appear in Update Manager automatically if you set it up to connect to the vibsdepot. You can still import the bundle manually in Update Manager or install it directly onto a host though.

[Update 26.04.2013]

With the release of ESXi 5.1 Update 1 HP also now provides a full repository release including the Utility Bundle and NMI driver (which actually do not contain any updated VIBs):
http://vibsdepot.hp.com/hpq/apr2013/

But HP still hasn’t updated the main metadata XML so this won’t show up in UM.
Currently, if you want these updates in UM automatically, you need to configure this additional Download Source URL:
http://vibsdepot.hp.com/hpq/apr2013/index.xml

To continue the confusing version management, the Complete Bundle is now at version “04.25.13”.

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Changes in the HP ESXi offline bundle aka HP CIM providers aka hardware management extensions:
# esxcli software sources vib list -d /tmp/hp-esxi5.0uX-bundle-1.4.5-3.zip
Name             Version                          Vendor           Creation Date  Acceptance Level  Status
---------------  -------------------------------  ---------------  -------------  ----------------  ---------
hp-ams           500.9.3.5-02.434156              Hewlett-Packard  2013-02-21     PartnerSupported  Update
hp-smx-provider  500.03.02.10.4-434156            Hewlett-Packard  2013-03-25     VMwareAccepted    Update
char-hpcru       5.0.3.09-1OEM.500.0.0.434156     Hewlett-Packard  2012-08-30     PartnerSupported  Installed
char-hpilo       500.9.0.0.9-1OEM.500.0.0.434156  Hewlett-Packard  2011-10-07     PartnerSupported  Installed

Changes in the HP Agentless Monitoring Service (AMS) bundle (Gen8 servers):
# esxcli software sources vib list -d /tmp/hp-ams-esxi5.0-bundle-9.3.5-3.zip
Name            Version                          Vendor           Creation Date  Acceptance Level  Status
--------------  -------------------------------  ---------------  -------------  ----------------  ---------
hp-ams          500.9.3.5-02.434156              Hewlett-Packard  2013-02-21     PartnerSupported  Update
char-hpcru      5.0.3.09-1OEM.500.0.0.434156     Hewlett-Packard  2012-08-30     PartnerSupported  Installed
char-hpilo      500.9.0.0.9-1OEM.500.0.0.434156  Hewlett-Packard  2011-10-07     PartnerSupported  Installed
hp-smx-limited  500.03.02.10.3-434156            Hewlett-Packard  2013-03-25     VMwareAccepted    Update

Changes in the HP NMI driver bundle (none, since a very long time):
# esxcli software sources vib list -d /tmp/hp-nmi-esxi5.0-bundle-2.1-2.zip
Name   Version        Vendor  Creation Date  Acceptance Level  Status
-----  -------------  ------  -------------  ----------------  ---------
hpnmi  2.0.11-434156  hp      2011-07-29     PartnerSupported  Installed

Changes in the HP Utilities bundle (none compared to the February release):
# esxcli software sources vib list -d /tmp/hp-HPUtil-esxi5.0-bundle-1.4-15.zip
Name        Version                          Vendor           Creation Date  Acceptance Level  Status
----------  -------------------------------  ---------------  -------------  ----------------  ---------
hponcfg     04-00.10                         Hewlett-Packard  2011-11-13     PartnerSupported  Installed
hpacucli    9.40-12.0                        Hewlett-Packard  2012-12-13     PartnerSupported  Installed
char-hpilo  500.9.0.0.9-1OEM.500.0.0.434156  Hewlett-Packard  2011-10-07     PartnerSupported  Installed
hpbootcfg   01-01.02                         Hewlett-Packard  2012-04-05     PartnerSupported  Installed

Neither the HP ESXi Utilities Offline Bundle nor the NMI Sourcing Driver received updates and a new custom ESXi image with this bundle was not provided (as of now).
Update: With the release of ESXi 5.1 U1 the latest bundles are part of a new custom HP ISO.
There are no new relevant Proliant firmware releases either.

Just on a side note:
HP Emulex be2net based NICs got another firmware Update in last month too:
Version 4.1.450.1707 (25 Mar 2013) OneConnect-Flash-4.1.450.1707.iso
1. Fixed VMware PSOD seen on AMD based servers with BE2 based cards (24508)
2. Fixed FW memory leak with multiple logins to a redirected target (31144)

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3 thoughts on “April HP ESXi bundle update fixes SmartArray warning

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