Updating Storwize V7000 drive code

Update 17/12/2011:   A flash reporting a possible issue that could occur if a drive fails during drive firmware update can be found here.

Until the flash is updated showing how to avoid this issue, only update drive firmware when installing a new machine or if all hosts are offline.

IBM recently released new drive firmware for the Storwize V7000, so I thought I would share the process of how I update that firmware.  You can download it from here.      The details for this new package can be found here.  I recommend you perform the drive update before you next update your Storwize V7000 microcode.

I want to be clear that one of the central goals of the Storwize V7000 is to ensure that performing drive firmware updates can be done online without host disruption.    This is possible because each drive can be updated in less than around 4 seconds.   The scripts I share below leave a 10 second delay between drives just to be safe.  I would still prefer that you did the update during a quiet period.

We need to perform this procedure using the command line as there is no way to do this procedure from the GUI (yet).

There are four steps:

  1. Upload the Software Upgrade Test Utility to determine which drives need updating.
  2. Upload the drive microcode package.
  3. Apply the drive software.
  4. Confirm all drives are updated.

Step 1:  Upload and run the upgrade utility

  • You will need the upgrade test utility which you can get from here.
  • You will need the Putty utility PSCP which you can get from here (although most of you should already have it).
  • You will need to have created a public/private key pair and assigned it to a user.  In all the examples the user name I use is anthonyv.  You need to use your own user-id, although you could also use admin.   The process to create and associate the key pair is described here.  Place the PPK file into the putty folder along with the upgrade test utility.

From the Putty folder we need to upload the test utility.  You will need to change the key file name, userid and IP address (all highlighted in red) to suit your installation.

NOTE:  The following command is being run in a Windows command prompt.  You need to be in the C:\Program Files\Putty or C:\Program Files (x86)\Putty folder.

pscp -i anthonyv.ppk IBM2076_INSTALL_upgradetest_6.15 anthonyv@

Having uploaded the file, now start PuTTY and SSH to your Storwize V7000.   Logon and issue the following two commands.  You are using SSH commands now, not the Windows Command Prompt:

svcservicetask applysoftware -file IBM2076_INSTALL_upgradetest_6.15
svcupgradetest -f -d

If you get a warning window like the one shown below, indicating we have down-level drives, we need to proceed to the next step (note that the enclosure and slot numbers are not the same as drive IDs).

******************* Warning found *******************
| Model                | Latest FW | Current FW | Drive Info                               |
| HK230041S            | 2920      | 291E       | Drive in slot 24 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 23 in enclosure  1         |
| ST9450404SS          | B548      | B546       | Drive in slot 22 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 21 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 20 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 19 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 18 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 17 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 16 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 15 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 14 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 13 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 12 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 11 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot 10 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot  9 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot  8 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot  5 in enclosure  1         |
|                      |           |            | Drive in slot  6 in enclosure  1         |

Step 2:  Upload the drive microcode package

Download the drive update package from here.  Put it into the PuTTY folder.
From a Windows command prompt we need to upload the package using the following command.   You will need to change the key file name, userid and IP address (all highlighted in red) to suit your installation.    Note yet again that you are running this in a Windows command prompt from the PuTTY folder (not from inside an SSH session):

pscp -i anthonyv.ppk IBM2076_DRIVE_20110928 anthonyv@

Step 3:  Apply the drive software

I have written some scripts to help you list the drive IDs that need to be updated and perform the updates.   You can upgrade the drives one at a time, or in bulk, depending on how you want to do this.  All the remaining commands are all run in a PuTTY session.

Firstly run this script to list all the drive IDs and current firmware levels.  We need the drive IDs if we want to update individual drives.

svcinfo lsdrive -nohdr |while read did error use;do svcinfo lsdrive $did |while read id value;do if [[ $id == "firmware_level" ]];then echo $did"   "$value;fi;done;done

The output will look something like this, showing the drive ID and that drive’s current firmware level.   From step 1 we know what the latest firmware level is, so we can compare to the current firmware level:

0   291E
1   291E
2   B546
3   B546
4   B546
5   B546
6   B546
7   B546
8   B546
9   B546
10   B546
11   B546
12   B546
13   B546
14   B546
15   B546
16   B546
17   B546
18   B546
19   B546
20   B546
21   B546
22   B546
23   B546

Now we can update individual drives with this command, which will update drive ID 23.   Just keep changing the drive IDs, using the list of down-level drives, until every drive has been updated:

svctask applydrivesoftware -file IBM2076_DRIVE_20110928 -type firmware -drive 23

However you may have a lot of drives and want to upgrade them in bulk. So you could use this command, which updates drive ID 19 and 20 (highlighted in red).  You could change and also add extra drives to the list as required:

for did in 19 20;do echo "Updating drive "$did;svctask applydrivesoftware -file IBM2076_DRIVE_20110928 -type firmware -drive $did;sleep 10s;done

If we just wanted to upgrade every single drive in the machine (regardless of their level), we could run this command:

svcinfo lsdrive -nohdr |while read did name IO_group_id;do echo "Updating drive "$did;svctask applydrivesoftware -file IBM2076_DRIVE_20110928 -type firmware -drive $did;sleep 10s;done

When updating multiple drives, I have inserted a 10 second sleep between updates, just to ensure the process runs smoothly.  This means each drive takes about 13-15 seconds.

Once we have upgraded every drive, it is time for a final check.

Step 4: Confirm all drives are updated

You have two ways to confirm this.   Firstly run the following command to list the firmware level of each drive.  Is each drive reflecting the levels reported in Step 1?

svcinfo lsdrive -nohdr |while read did error use;do svcinfo lsdrive $did |while read id value;do if [[ $id == "firmware_level" ]];then echo $did"   "$value;fi;done;done

Now run the software upgrade test utility again:

svcupgradetest -f -d

Provided you receive no warnings about drives not being at the recommended levels, you are now finished with the drive updates.   Of course you could now proceed to install firmware, but you can do that from the GUI.

About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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16 Responses to Updating Storwize V7000 drive code

  1. Nikolay Tikhonovetskiy says:

    Thanks! Very good instruction! I have updated firmware today.

  2. Pavel Alexei says:

    I had intentions to upgrade disks FW this weekend. I need to upgrade storage FW, but testing utility recommended to upgrade disks first.
    I am curious how many customers had got troubles, if this Flash was issued.

    • Considering how many clients I know who have done this code, the issue must require a particular set of events in the right order. I will dig into this. I have added a warning at the start of the post.

  3. Erwin says:

    would it still be possible to install the code without doing a firmware upgrade for hd?
    in the flash it says no knows issues have been reported with a older firmware on the disk.

  4. Eladio says:

    Anthony, the links to the drive fw download is not working, was it removed or is it hiding somewhere. I need to get it for a new install, where do I download it. Both links on paragraph 3 of your procedure is not finding the link.Thank you

  5. Roger says:

    Anthony, thanks for this great disk fw update instructions! I updated today 2 systems with totally 344 disks without any problems!

  6. Alessio says:

    Very useful! Thank you! 48 disks updated

  7. Pratik says:

    Very Good and helpful Document.

  8. hut98hn says:

    Can I upgrade firmware for all disks when the database server still accesses the storage V7000 gen 2 ?

  9. Joel Gaspar says:

    Hi Anthony,
    this is very useful, Just want to ask if you have also procedure to upgrade the Storwize v7000 code?

    thank you.

  10. Marcelo De Zan says:

    Dear Anthony,

    You would be able to share the firmware drive and firmware storage update files with me.

    I have a v3700 box and I have paid warranty for years, but as it was very outdated nobody had the courage to update it.
    Now I bought a second hand v7000 without warranty and IBM does not allow me to download the firmware any more.
    I’m trying to use lenovo drives, but I still haven’t been successful.
    grateful for any help.0

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