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Dark site sever: uprading hypervisors & AOS

  • 4 December 2022
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Dear Team,

I had setup Dark Site web server (IIS) and uploaded unpacked LCM Dark Site Bundle and the firmware bundle (HPE). After performing LCM inventory LCM has been updated to the required version and “firmware” section is showing available new FW pack (SPP).

 

Is any option to upload to the Dark Site server ESXi update file with metadata file or only one way to update it is to upload hypervisor metadata and binary file directly to to the Prism Elements?
Software section is empty:
 


 

 

Same question about AOS and File Server…

 

Regards,
Dominik


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You need to insert the Web server dark site ip/dns adres in settings.

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Hello @Dominik.Siedlak 

For ESXi to need to do it from Prism, and keep in mind that DRS must be enabled, otherwise you need to upgrade ESXi manually. For more details: https://portal.nutanix.com/page/documents/details?targetId=vSphere-Admin6-AOS:vsp-node-upgrade-manual-vsphere-c.html

For AOS and FS you can upload them to the LCM dark site web server, you need to check the compatibility.

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You need to insert the Web server dark site ip/dns adres in settings.

Hi,
Yes, this part is done. As you can see LCM dark site offline bundle & HPE firmware is detected correctly.  My question is: is it possible to update AOS/ESXi via Dark Site inventory? If yes, what is the correct location (Dark Site server) for uploading files like:
* 7.0.0-u3f-20036589-hp-dx.json (METADATA) and ESXi update (VMware-ESXi-7.0.3-20036589-HPE-703.0.0.10.10.0.12-Oct2022.zip)
* Prism metadata (generated-nutanix_installer_package-release-fraser-6.5.1.6-stable-7c84485a320ec3a2552e8894822c9b6933ad8c91-x86_64-metadata.json) and install package (nutanix_installer_package-release-fraser-6.5.1.6-stable-7c84485a320ec3a2552e8894822c9b6933ad8c91-x86_64.tar.gz)

Question is: is LCM with Dark Site server repository (no access to the internet) can be used for upgrading AOS & hypervisor or just only LCM itself and firmware bundle?
Dominik

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Hello @Dominik.Siedlak 

For ESXi to need to do it from Prism, and keep in mind that DRS must be enabled, otherwise you need to upgrade ESXi manually. For more details: https://portal.nutanix.com/page/documents/details?targetId=vSphere-Admin6-AOS:vsp-node-upgrade-manual-vsphere-c.html

For AOS and FS you can upload them to the LCM dark site web server, you need to check the compatibility.

 

Hi Moustafa, great info. So, if you can guide me please: what is the correct location for the following files:
Prism metadata (generated-nutanix_installer_package-release-fraser-6.5.1.6-stable-7c84485a320ec3a2552e8894822c9b6933ad8c91-x86_64-metadata.json) and install package (nutanix_installer_package-release-fraser-6.5.1.6-stable-7c84485a320ec3a2552e8894822c9b6933ad8c91-x86_64.tar.gz) ?

Here is my http server structure:


 

 

 

Dominik

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Hello @Dominik.Siedlak 

Upload to “release” directory. For LCM dark site setup please check below:

https://portal.nutanix.com/page/documents/details?targetId=Life-Cycle-Manager-Dark-Site-Guide-v2_3:Setting%20Up%20a%20Local%20Web%20Server

 

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Thanks Moustafa, but no luck…

 

I’ve done inventory, but still no joy:

 

Is any special file name for .json and AOS upgrade package that can be ‘detected’ with LCM via DarkSite?
Dominik

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Hello @Dominik.Siedlak 

Share with us Prism LCM configuration, and hardware model and generation, ESXi version , AOS Verison.

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Thanks Moustafa,

Prism Central: pc.2021.9.4
NCC Version:   4.3.0
LCM:               updated from 2.4.4.2 to 2.5.0.2 via LCM Dark Site bundle

AOS: 5.20.2 LTS with NCC 4.2.0.1 and LCM 2.5.0.2 (LCM updated via Dark Site server)

Hypervisor: 7.0.2-17867351
Hardware: Proliant DX360 Gen10 4LFF

Plan is to:
1/ upgrade Prism Central to pc.2022.6.0.1  (NCC, upgrade and againg NCC),
2/ upgrade PE (NCC, upgrade PE and again NCC),
3/ upgrade foundation (is it required?)
4/ perform LCM inventory and upgrade AOS (if is possible via LCM Dark Site)
5/ update HPE firmware via LCM Dark site. After uploading HPE bundle to repository it is available for LCM:


6/ upgrade ESXi to 7.0.3 (customized bundle): if is possible via LCM or if not, via Lifecycle Manager:
https://customerconnect.vmware.com/en/downloads/details?downloadGroup=OEM-ESXI70U3-HPE&productId=974
 

 

Dominik

 

 

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Hello @Dominik.Siedlak 

You can upgrade to Prism 2022.6.0.1 with AOS 6.5.1.6 with the below ESXi versions:

ProLiant DX360 Gen10 4LFF 6.5.1.6 ESXi 7.0 U3f Vendor
ProLiant DX360 Gen10 4LFF 6.5.1.6 ESXi 7.0 U3 Vendor
ProLiant DX360 Gen10 4LFF 6.5.1.6 ESXi 7.0 U3d Vendor
ProLiant DX360 Gen10 4LFF 6.5.1.6 ESXi 7.0 U3c Vendor

 

Yes, please upgrade Foundation, for Recommended upgrade order please follow the below guide:

https://portal.nutanix.com/page/documents/details?targetId=Acropolis-Upgrade-Guide-v6_5:upg-lcm-upgrade-some-c.html

 

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Dear Moustafa,

Thanks, but it is still not answering how to upload ESXi and AOS bundle to the Dark Site server.

 

 

 

 



https://portal.nutanix.com/page/downloads?product=hypervisordetails

 

Dominik

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Hello @Dominik.Siedlak 

For ESXi use Prism Hypervisor upgrade not LCM.

  1. Before performing any upgrade procedure, make sure you are running the latest version of the Nutanix Cluster Check (NCC) health checks and upgrade NCC if necessary.
  2. Run NCC as described in Run NCC Checks.
  3. Log on to the Nutanix support portal and navigate to the Hypervisors Support page from the Downloads menu, then download the Nutanix-qualified ESXi metadata .JSON files to your local machine or media.
    1. The default view is All. From the drop-down menu, select Nutanix - VMware ESXi, which shows all available JSON versions.
    2. From the release drop-down menu, select the available ESXi version. For example, 7.0.0 u2a.
    3. Click Download to download the Nutanix-qualified ESXi metadata .JSON file.
  4. Log on to the Prism Element web console for any node in the cluster.
  5. Click the gear icon in the main menu, select Upgrade Software in the Settings page, and then click the Hypervisor tab.
  6. Click the upload the Hypervisor binary link.
  7. Click Choose File for the metadata JSON (obtained from Nutanix) and binary files (obtained from VMware), respectively, browse to the file locations, select the file, and click Upload Now.

  8. When the file upload is completed, click Upgrade > Upgrade Now, then click Yes to confirm.

    [Optional] To run the pre-upgrade installation checks only on the Controller VM where you are logged on without upgrading, click Upgrade > Pre-upgrade. These checks also run as part of the upgrade procedure.

  9. Type your vCenter IP address and credentials, then click Upgrade.Ensure that you are using your Active Directory or LDAP credentials in the form of domain\username or username@domain.

    Note: AOS can detect if you have uploaded software that is already installed or upgraded. In this case, the Upgrade option is not displayed, because the software is already installed.

    The Upgrade Software dialog box shows the progress of your selection, including status of pre-installation checks and uploads, through the Progress Monitor.

Currently the following components have bundles that support direct upload.

Firmware components Software components
  • NX firmware bundle
  • Dell firmware bundle
  • Fujitsu firmware bundle
  • HPE firmware bundle
  • Inspur firmware bundle
  • Intel firmware bundle
  • Lenovo firmware bundle
  • AOS
  • AHV
  • Cluster Maintenance Utilities (CMU)
  • Files (Files, Files Manager, Files Server Module)
  • File Analytics
  • Foundation
  • Foundation Platforms
  • LCM framework
  • NCC

 

For all other components, use a local web server.

  • Components that have bundles that support either direct upload or a web server use the filename format lcm_component_version.tar.gz.

    The exception is the LCM framework bundle itself, which uses the filename lcm_dark_site_bundle_version.tar.gz.

  • Components that have bundles that support only a web server do not have a consistent filename format. Currently the following components are available for a web server but not for direct upload.

 

Update AOS at a site without Internet access.

About this task

Update the LCM framework before attempting to update any other component. LCM only allows direct upload when the LCM framework bundle is present on your system. See Updating the LCM Framework with Direct Upload.

Procedure

  1. From a device that has public Internet access, go to the Nutanix portal and select Downloads > AOS.
  2. Next to the AOS LCM Bundle entry, click Download to download the bundle, lcm_nos_version.tar.gz.
  3. Transfer the AOS bundle to your local system.
  4. From the same page, download the compatibility bundle.

    Click to enlargeCompatibility bundle.

  5. Perform the following steps on each Nutanix cluster.
    1. Log on to Prism.
    2. Open LCM according to the procedure for the version of AOS you are using, as described in Accessing the Life Cycle Manager from Prism Element. (Prism Central does not currently support direct upload.)
    3. In the LCM toolbar, click Settings and set the Update Source field to Dark Site (Direct Upload).

      Click to enlargelcm-settings-3-v25.png

    4. Click Upload Bundle.

      Click to enlargelcm-darksite-direct-upload-empty.png

    5. Click Upload Bundle.
    6. In the browser window that appears, specify the firmware bundle you downloaded in step 2 and the compatibility bundle that you downloaded in step 4 and click Upload.

      Click to enlargelcm-direct-upload-bundle.png

      When the upload is finished, LCM shows the bundle as available.

  6. Continue to Updating Software at a Dark Site.

I hope your issue will be solved.

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Thanks Moustafa for your help. I will try and report here in any case of success or failure ;-)
Dominik