Monday Apr 02, 2012

New ZFSSA code release - April 2012

A new version of the ZFSSA code was released over the weekend.

In case you have missed a few, we are now on code 2011.1.2.1. This minor update is very important for our friends with the older SAS1 cards on the older 7x10 systems. This 2.1 minor release was made specifically for them, and fixes the issue that their SAS1 card had with the last major release. They can now go ahead and upgrade straight from the 2010.Q3.2.1 code directly to 2011.1.2.1.

If you are on a 7x20 series, and already running 2011.1.2.0, there is no real reason why you need to upgrade to 1.2.1, as it's really only the Pandora SAS1 HBA fix. If you are not already on 1.2.0, then go ahead and upgrade all the way to 2011.1.2.1.

I hope everyone out there is having a good April so far. For my next blog, the plan is to work off the Analytic tips I did last week and expand on which Analytics you want to really keep your eyes on, and also how to setup alerts to watch them for you.

You can read more and keep up on your releases here: https://wikis.oracle.com/display/FishWorks/Software+Updates

Steve 

 

Friday Feb 24, 2012

New ZFSSA code release today

The first minor release of the 2011.1.1 major release for the ZFSSA came out yesterday.

You can get the code via MOS, under the "Patches and updates" tab. Just click the "Product or Family (advanced)" link, and then type "ZFS" in the search window and it really takes you right to it. Or search on it's patch ID, which is 13772123

Along with some other fixes, the most important piece of this update is the RPC flow control fix, which will greatly help those using the ZFSSA to backup an Exadata over Infiniband. 

If you're not already on the major release of 2011.1.1, I urge you to update to it as soon as you can. You can jump right to this new 2011.1.1.1 code, as long as you are already on 2010.Q3.2.1 or higher. You don't need to go to 2011.1.1 first, just jump to 2011.1.1.1.

If you are using your ZFSSA to backup an Exadata, I urge you to get on 2011.1.1.1 ASAP, even if it means staying late and scheduling special time to do it.

It's also important to note that if you have a much older ZFSSA (one of the 7x10 models that are using the older SAS1 HBAs, and not the SAS2 HBAs), that you do NOT upgrade to 2011.1 code. The latest code that supports your SAS1 systems is 2010Q3.4.2.

 **Update 2-26-12:  I noted a few folks saying the link was down, however that may have been a burp in the system, as I just went into MOS and was able to get 2011.1.1.1 just fine. So delete your cookies and try again. - Steve

Thursday Oct 06, 2011

New ZFSSA code release today - 2010.Q3.4.2

A new code was released on MOS today. We are now on code 2010.Q3.4.2. (ak-2010.08.17.4.2)

Our minimum recommended version is still 2010.Q3.4.0, but if you have the time and opportunity to upgrade to this new Q3.4.2 release, it would be a very good idea. It includes many minor bug fixes. You can view the readme file it comes with to see what it includes.

Download it under the "patches & upgrades" tab in My Oracle Support. 

Monday Jun 06, 2011

New Q3.3.1 code- DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know you can also upgrade your 7000 Simulator to the new 2010.Q3.3.1 code that came out last week?
Remember, your 7000 simulator is the real software of a ZFSSA. The only thing being simulated is the hardware.

If you're having a hard time finding the download in MOS, when you get into MOS, just click on the "Patches & Updates" tab, and type 12622199 in the "Patch Name or Number" search box. That will take you right to it. Thanks to Jon B for suggesting this tip.

 

Friday Jun 03, 2011

New ZFSSA 7000 code release today

The new ZFSSA code was released today, 6-3-11.

  1. Sign in to my oracle support at https://support.oracle.com
  2. Select the "Patches & Updates" tab.
  3. Search by Sun ZFS Storage Appliance product family or by Patch ID (see table below for patch IDs).
  4. Download the zip file to your local system and unzip.
  5. The ak-nas-2010-08-17-3-1-1-1-28-nd.pkg.gz update file and license files are expanded into the All_Supported_Platforms directory.

You can see the release notes here: http://wikis.sun.com/display/FishWorks/ak-2010.08.17.3.1+Release+Notes

2010.Q3.3.1

This micro release contains significant bug fixes for all supported platforms. Please carefully review the list of CRs that have been addressed and all release notes below prior to upgrading.

This release contains SAS-2 HBA and SAS-2 Disk Shelf Log Device firmware updates for SAS-2 based 7310, 7310C, 7410 and 7410C appliances and all 7120, 7320, 7320C, 7420, 7420C and 7720 appliances. The SAS-2 HBA and the SAS-2 Disk Shelf Log Device firmware will be eligible for firmware updates during the first boot of the appliance after upgrading to this release. The firmware updates are summarized in the following table:

Device Vendor Product ID Description Old Firmware Version New Firmware Version
SAS-2 HBA Sun Microsystems, Inc. Dual 4x6Gb External SAS-2 HBA Dual Port SAS-2 HBA 1.09.02 1.09.03
SAS-2 Log Device STEC ZeusIOPs 18GB SAS-2 Log Device 9002 9004

The SAS-2 HBA firmware update will take approximately 1 minute per SAS-2 HBA. Each SAS-2 Disk Shelf Log Device will take approximately 1 minute to update the firmware. The total firmware update time is dependent on the number of devices being updated. For example, an appliance with 12 SAS-2 Disk Shelves and 16 Log Devices may take 16 minutes to upgrade the firmware. Upgrades may also take longer when the appliance is under load. It is important that customers postpone administrative operations such as cluster failback, reboot, or power down until the system has updated all device firmware. For more information on firmware updates and information on how to monitor them following the first boot after upgrade, refer to the Maintenance:System:Updates Hardware Firmware Updates section of the Customer Service Manual or online help.

This release requires appliances to be running the 2010.Q3.2.1 micro release prior to upgrading to this release. In addition, this release includes upgrade healthchecks that are performed automatically when an upgrade is started prior to the actual upgrade from the prerequisite 2010.Q3.2.1 micro release. If an upgrade healthcheck fails it can cause an upgrade to abort. The upgrade healthchecks help to ensure component issues that may impact an upgrade are addressed. Release specific documentation is provided below to help with upgrades and upgrade healthchecks. Please carefully review it prior to performing an upgrade to 2010.Q3.3.1. It is important to resolve all hardware component issues prior to performing an upgrade.

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