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psykix

Did you ever work out the best driver for 6.7?

 

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sorted

The correct (old) SCSI-HPVSA vib is installed. 5.5.0-88OEM.550.0.0.1331820. Now i wonder if it did not overwrite the older vib during upgrade or that HP now included the old driver in ESXi 6.7. So the performace issues on my SDD has to come from somewhere else.

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Zero-C001

Hi everyone,
 

Anyone could get driver ESXI work with good speed SSD?

I already tried to disable vmw-ahci, but write speed no more than 200 MB\s,

I already tried to using b120i on hpvsa.88 but write speed no more than 150 MB\s.

SSD - samsung 850 pro (256gb). 

What else can I try?

 

P.S. read speed is real for this ssd.

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psykix

I've just revisited this setup..

 

Clean install, started with 6.5U1, and then upgraded to 6.7 using offline.

 

I had to disable vmw-ahci, I also installed the older vib since there didn't appear to be any driver installed.

 

The drives (4TB) did not show up as the correct size for some reason, so I had to attach them to a SATA controller instead of a SCSI controller and now all is fine and running just great!

 

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psykix

6.7U1 is released. Think the issue persists though from first play around with it.

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randman

Some questions:

 

1. Use HPE's ESXi custom .zip file or their .iso file?

In some earlier posts, folks mentioned that they used the "offline upgrade" method. By "offline upgrade" method, do you mean downloading the HPE customized ESXi zip file, then ftp the zip to your ESXi server, followed by running "esxcli software vib update -d <zip file>"?

 

I've done this in the past. But another method I've done in the past is to download the .iso file, and then mount the .iso via iLO->Remote Console=>Remote Console->Virtual Drives->Image File CD/DVD-ROM->Select iso. Then, I reboot the server with the iso, and then upgrade. Any difference between these 2 methods?

 

2. My MicroServer Gen8 has the HP P222 controller card, which I use for my server's SSD and HDDs. I don't use the built-in b140 interface. If so, do I have to worry about any slow performance or vmw-ahci issues that were mentioned earlier in the post?

 

3. So, HPE just released ESXi 6.7 U1 for Gen9 and later servers. Have other folks upgraded to it yet? I'm currently on 6.5 U2, and thinking about upgrading to 6.7 U1.

 

Regards.

 

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Lagus

I'm on 6.7 (offline bundle upgrade from officially supported ISO install).

Anyone tried 6.7 U1 yet and can confirm it working? (I assume offline bundle upgrade with HPE image/zip?)

Please let us know if you took the plunge and upgraded already! :)

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sorted

I'm running 6.7 U1 without any errors. Used underlying commands via SSH to host.

 

1514710404_2018-11-1917_42_17-esxigen8.local-VMwareESXi.png.a2d1df39e4405daeef15fae1f947d4c9.png


1) esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
2) esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-standard \d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
3) esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

Reboot

Note: Build number after U1 is actually 10302608! Above build 10764712 is with critical update ESXi-6.7.0-20181104001-standard.



 

 



 

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drewborg

I struggled with this speed issue on an HP micro server for days.  

HP Proliant DL320e Gen8 v2 

E3-1220 v3 

P222 Raid controller, 512MB FBWC w/ BBU

16GB PC3-12800 

2x Samsung EVO 850 Pro 256GB SSD configured as RAID1 

Tested with AS SSD, checking mainly SEQ. 

 

I installed vmware 6.5.0 (no update);  Disk R\W was  ~900 \ 12 -- terrible.  

Going through the motions and instruction of roughly a dozen different forums and blogs:

- disabled vmw_ahci;  Disk R\W was  ~900 \ 20 -- terrible.   

- updated to 6.5.0u1;  Disk R\W was  ~900 \ 20 -- terrible.

- updated to 6.5.0u2;  Disk R\W was  ~900 \ 20 -- terrible.

- updated to 6.7;  Disk R\W was  ~900 \ 20 -- terrible.

- disabled nhpsa and installed hpsa vib;  Disk R\W was  ~900 \ 40 -- terrible.

 

Finally what what actually worked to bring these disks back to normal speeds is to disable SSD Smartpath in the HP ACU via intelligent provisioning  (f10, then f5 when prompted). 

 

I tested a few configurations. One with the physical drive write cache enabled, one with the physicial drive write cache disabled, and in both of these configurations I tested with the RAID write cache enabled and disabled.  Here is the gist:

With the Controller cache disabled, and physical cache disabled the the SEQ write benchmark was averaging around 112.  

With the controller cache disabled and physical cache enabled on each disk the SEQ write benchmark was averaging  around 150.  

With the controller cache enabled and physical cache disabled on each disk the SEQ write benchmark was averaging  around 130.  

With the controller cache enabled and physical cache disabled on each disk the SEQ write benchmark was averaging  around 130.

 

The biggest difference in the test with the controller cache enabled or disabled was the consistency on speed.  With the cache enabled there was far less variance in the speed during the test.  

 

Also worthy of noting is that I configured the controller cache at 25% read, 75% write.  Reads were never an issue of my concern. Some configurations I would see SEQ average around 600 while others were close to 1k. Additionally I should note that at this point I had vmw_ahci enabled, nhpsa disabled, hpsa offline vib hpsa-6.0.0.124-4683364 installed and enabled.  I wasnt really interested in testing all the configuration possibilities with the drivers once I achieved an acceptable improvement in write speeds; feel free to test these things on your own volition.  

 

Bottom line: disable SSD Smartpath if you are using virtualization (inb4 duh).  I hope this helps someone else avoid wasting a day of rebooting to sort this out.   

 

  

Edited by drewborg
v2,. not v1

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Lagus
On 11/19/2018 at 6:43 PM, sorted said:

I'm running 6.7 U1 without any errors. Used underlying commands via SSH to host.

 

1514710404_2018-11-1917_42_17-esxigen8.local-VMwareESXi.png.a2d1df39e4405daeef15fae1f947d4c9.png


1) esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
2) esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.7.0-20181002001-standard \d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
3) esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e false -r httpClient

Reboot

Note: Build number after U1 is actually 10302608! Above build 10764712 is with critical update ESXi-6.7.0-20181104001-standard.



 

 



 

 

 

Any pointers on running this for an offline bundle upgrade? (drawback of a virtalised router)

I have to take the host offline in order to run this. Just trying "on my own"

gives me this:

:~] esxcli software vib update -d /vmfs/volumes/5849dfe2-950f57ae-6eb9-941882379118/ISOs/VMware-ESXi-6.7.0-Update1-10302608-HPE-Gen9plus-670.U1.10.3.5.12-Oct2018-depot.zip
 [DependencyError]
 VIB VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6.7.0-1.28.10302608 requires esx-update << 6.7.0-1.29, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.
 VIB VMware_bootbank_esx-base_6.7.0-1.28.10302608 requires esx-update >= 6.7.0-1.28, but the requirement cannot be satisfied within the ImageProfile.
 Please refer to the log file for more details.

 

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