VxRail host upgrades failing? Try an iDRAC reset

Just thought I’d post this little nugget of information; in case some other pool soul is having a similar problem. I’ve recently been upgrading two VxRail clusters to the latest code and suffered the same problem in both clusters. The code update was to the latest, 4.7.211 and some hosts in the cluster were repeatedly failing to upgrade their firmware. The host ESXi software was upgrading without any problems, some were just failing on firmware.

After a lot of head scratching and a call to Dell support a reset to the iDRAC was advised. I assumed that’ll never work, it’s only out of band management, why would that fix a firmware update problem? Well it appears that the iDRAC reset can, on occasion, fix this sort of problem, as after the first cluster upgrade was complete and I came to the second cluster I ran into the same problem. Lo and behold, I tried the same trick without Dell support this time, and to my surprise, it worked.

I guess the iDRAC is more intimately involved in the firmware upgrade process than I assumed. So, keep this in mind for problems of this sort, I know I will.

HP iLO2 Firmware Upgrade Failing Via Web Page

While I was trying to update an iLO from version 2.00 to 2.27 on a HP DL360 G6, I was seeing the firmware update fail in Windows, the error back was that the hardware installed in the server was incorrect. Installing the firmware through the iLO web page itself just failed, appearing to timeout when attempting to upload the image.

The fix for this, oddly enough was to use Firefox. When doing the same update to the iLO in Firefox, the image does get uploaded and the firmware update then completed without any problems.