disk firmware update Netapp Cluster Mode ( cmode ) Step by Step guide

Netapp disk firmware update is an very easy and straight forward. As many of the people think that disk firmware update need an downtime.?? ūüôā No disk firmware update Netapp cluster mode does required any downtime, it’s an non-disruptive update. Disk firmware update will go in background.

Disk firmware update Netapp Cluster Mode Advantages

  • Reduce disk failures
  • Increase I/O performance
  • Resolve if any bugs in existing firmware version

1 Step: Verify disk firmware version in controller and Netapp site

To Verify disk firmware version and disk owner ship use below command in Netapp Cluster mode. 

ARK-NA::*> storage disk show
                     Usable           Disk    Container   Container
Disk                   Size Shelf Bay Type    Type        Name      Owner
---------------- ---------- ----- --- ------- ----------- --------- --------
1.10.0               1.62TB    10   0 BSAS    aggregate   root_ARK_NA02
1.10.1               1.62TB    10   1 BSAS    aggregate   root_ARK_NA02
ARK-NA::*> storage disk show -physical
Disk             Type    Vendor   Model                Revision     RPM     BPS
---------------- ------- -------- -------------------- -------- ------- -------
1.10.0           BSAS    NETAPP   X306_HMRKP02TSSM     NA00        7200     512
                 SerialNumber: P5G9XX7YX
1.10.1           BSAS    NETAPP   X306_HMRKP02TSSM     NA00        7200     512

Take the model number from above command output and search in Netapp disk firmware list, URL is given below.

http://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/download/tools/diskfw/ Click Here

disk firmware version check up in Netapp support site

Download required version of disk firmware from Netapp site and copy into your local web server path (which should accessible to Netapp controller). In this case i have used an Linux machine with httpd enabled.

2 Step: Enable Background update option in Netapp

Enabling background firmware update option will save you lot of time and effort, if you want to do manually then need to do one by one disk. Background firmware update will automatically do it for you.

ARK-NA::*> storage disk option show -fields bkg-firmware-update
node     bkg-firmware-update
-------- -------------------
ARK-NA01 on
ARK-NA02 on
ARK-NA03 on
ARK-NA04 on
4 entries were displayed.

3 Step: Download firmware to Netapp controllers

First download Netapp firmware from netapp website and upload it to http / web enabled server, ready with web URL.

Login to Cluster mode controller then type below command to download the firmware, in place of existing URL change URL to your own. In command instead of node name use * will download firmware zip file to all of the nodes.

If you did not have any FTP / HTTP / WEB  server available then you can directly provide an username and password on the URL itself as mentioned below, (It is not exact URL change with correct one)

ARK-NA::*> storage firmware download -node * -package-url http://username:password@mysupport.netapp.com/X425_HCBEP1T2A10.NA01.LOD.zip
ARK-NA::*> storage firmware download -node * -package-url
Firmware download started.
Unpacking package contents.
Firmware downloaded.

Firmware download started.
Unpacking package contents.
Firmware downloaded.

Firmware download started.
Unpacking package contents.
Firmware downloaded.

Firmware download started.
Unpacking package contents.
Firmware downloaded.

4 entries were acted on.

That’s it, Netapp background disk firmware update will start automatically after 2 minutes. you can see disk firmware update status using below command.

ARK-NA::>storage disk show -fields firmware-revision,model

Conclusion: Disk firmware update in Netapp cluster mode not required any down time. It’s completely non-disruptive.

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2 Responses

  1. Eric Davis says:

    You may want to consider using the “all.zip” file when updating disk firmware, (even if you only have 1 drive type in your cluster or only have 1 drive that needs updating). A couple reasons why. 1) easy to manage 1 file across many clusters 2) the file contains all of the latest firmware for all drives which assures you that in the future, if you happen to get a replacement disk from a different manufacturer you have the latest firmware for it. The procedure in using the all.zip is very similar to that of the updating 1 drive type.

    • Yes, That’s correct but i have observed whenever using all.zip file may not update disk firmware because all of the updates are in conflict. Few of the cases i see when i download all.zip no disk firmware got updated.

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