How to Manually Upgrade the BMC & BIOS

  • 5 November 2016
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We have a video on our education blog that details the manual process to upgrade the BMC and BIOS of your Nutanix NX nodes.

Take a look and let us know what you think, also, if you have an idea for a video you would like produced, add your comments in this thread.

How to Manually Upgrade the BMC & BIOS - video link [go]

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Please create video performing simple way to configure br0 to specific NIC on AHV
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I would also like to see this.
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When is 4.7.3 available ?
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Waiting for 4.7.3 then will upgrade.
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Here's some interesting video topics that would useful:

1. Metro Clustering
2. Acropolis File Services
3. ESXi to AHV Migration (vice-versa)
4. VM Build Automation in Nutanix
5. Capacity Planning in Nutanix
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well-made guide !!
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I'd mention that Java is an utter pain and it's worth checking security settings that stop it from running some of the items in the video correctly.
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Acropolis File Services
VM Build Automation in Nutanix
Capacity Planning in Nutanix
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Excellent tutorial. Please keep these coming with more advanced and indepth materials.
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If I never set up ipmi settings at the outset, what would the defaults be...or how do I set and change?
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There needs to be better descriptions of Network concepts in AHV. It took me quite a while to understand the VLAN concepts because of the simplistic docs and descriptions. Had I realized that the default VLAN 0 was always assumed for local hardware it was easy to get the systems up and running.
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skifflad For default setting you can reset it from BIOS just like typical Hardware.
To access the BIOS press DEL during POST
Please refer to this link
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fcsallan hope some of these doc will add more info for your needs
http://nutanixbible.com/#anchor-networking-106
https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/docs/details?targetId=AHV_Admin-AHV_v4_7:AHV_Admin-AHV_v4_7
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fcsallan There is a document called "Best practices on AHV" and I think this could be a good idea for you to have it a quick view and deep dive into AHV networking as well as other Nutanix recommendations for setting up with AHV blocks

https://portal.nutanix.com/#/page/solutions/details?targetId=BP-2029_AHV:BP-2029_AHV
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I want to see how it willbe dooing
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waiting for the latest update
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Thanks bezeddin - managed to change the IPMI addresses across my nodes successfully today and have now upgraded the BMC and BIOS as per Field Advisory #43

Just waiting now for the IPMI IP address to update in Prism. Seems to have for 2 out of 3 nodes. Remaining node still says 0.0.0.0 - but will wait until everything is shutdown and restarted.
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skifflad glad you made it. happy upgrading
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Would love to see the BMC added into the auto upgrade process!
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Great video walkthrough, showed a business contact to educate them in the ease of use. They loved it.
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Likewise
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Very useful,easy to understand
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The tutorial is very clear. I didn't know that you first need to update the BMC and reset your management Before updating the BIOS.

I have done this earlier within our Dell XC host. Here in the Idrac I was able to put the BIOS update in a Queue, waiting for the next reboot. So the only thing I need to do was to check the cluster status, data resiliency and the Casandra ring. Put the ESX host in maintenance and shutdown the CVM trough command line (#cvm_shutdown –P now).
Reboot host, and everything went back up :)

If a CMV is running again, and you want to see what the status is of all the starting services. You could use this command: #watch genesis status
Here you get a list to see if every services is getting a Process ID, except foundation off course.
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Create a video about protection domains
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Did this many times with support when we discovered and finally patched the Bios for the G4 Haswell bug. Unfortunately we were one of the firsts to find it.

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