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Upgrading HPE SimpliVity with Upgrade Manager

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SimpliVity Upgrade using Upgrade Manager

HPE SimpliVity is a smart all-in-one system that puts everything you need for your server operations in one place. It merges hardware, advanced data tools, and AI-powered operations to make managing your IT tasks simpler. This consolidation of computing, storage, and networking resources into a single, easy-to-handle device is designed to make IT operations more straightforward and cost-effective.

Upgrading your HPE SimpliVity clusters using the Upgrade Manager is crucial for keeping your system up-to-date with the latest features, improvements, and security patches. Here’s a simplified version of the steps and prerequisites:

Pre-requisite to upgrade the SimpliVity hosts using HPE Simplivity Upgrade Manager

  • Backup if possible
  • Java should be installed on the server you are using to upgrade hosts.
  • Bandwidth should be good. I recommend using a server within the same subnet for better bandwidth performance.
  • Power off all the VMs in the clusters from vCenter except Omnistack VMs.

Sequence to upgrade

  • Omnistack
  • Firmware
  • ESXi host

Note: In this article, we are upgrading Omnistack and Firmware only, the ESXi Host upgrade will be covered with the vCenter upgrade.

Downloading the packages :

  1. Check the HPE SimpliVity OmniStack Interoperability Guide and download the upgrade package from the HPE support website as per your hardware and requirements.

https://support.hpe.com/hpesc/public/docDisplay?docId=a00117319en_us

https://myenterpriselicense.hpe.com/cwp-ui/dashboard/entitlement

SoftwareList

Prerequisites

Read the following prerequisites and then move further

Prerequisite

Upgrade the SimpliVity Cluster

  • Open the SimpliVity upgrade manager utility as administrator and now enter the asked details. Make sure you are using an Administrator account for the upgrade.
  • Follow the instructions.
  • Click Login and Click on Accept.

Console

Click Ok

Select the desired host/Cluster and click next.

Select the desired version of Omnistack and Firmware and click on Upload

If firmware’s new version is available, then provide the ILO credentials for each host

The Next option is the Pre-upgrade validation test once it is passed then we are good to go but in case the test fails we have to troubleshoot and re-run it.

Now we are ready to upgrade à Click Finish

Upgrading OVC and Firmware is time-consuming, It usually takes 2-3 hours for each host so you can enjoy your Coffee and Meal.

And once it is done, we have to commit the changes.

Congratulations, the OMNISTACK and Firmware are upgraded to the new version

Note: Use the following command to view the state of your OVCs, version, and IP addresses:

Commands

svt-federation-show

Everything green? Good! Now use the following command to view all of your VMs across your federation and filter out the unhealthy ones (which are not in HA sync or have a problem with availability):

svt-vm-show –violations 

If the output doesn’t show any VMs in violation of storage HA then storage HA is healthy and you are good to proceed to the next step.

 svt-software-status-show

It will show you the status of the upgrade that it’s still in progress, failed, or completed.

 

Conclusion

In summary, by following this procedure, you can successfully upgrade SimpliVity using the Upgrade Manager. However, it’s worth noting that the Command Line Interface (CLI) provides an even simpler way to do it. In my next article, I’ll be walking you through the CLI method, so be sure to stay tuned for that!

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  1. Akansha

    Thanks for posting this.

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