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biggsy
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Hi, my first post to the Reset Forums but I've been lurking for quite a while.

 

I have a Gen8 microserver running HPE-ESXi-6.5.0-Update2-iso-preGen9-650.U2.9.6.8.3.
This is booting from a 120GB SSD in the ODD tray and it works fine.

 
The only downside to 6.5 is that FreeBSD VMs take a long time to boot and the Web Client shows that message:
"The configured guest OS (FreeBSD (64-bit)) for this virtual machine does not match the guest that is currently running. . .".

 

This morning I tried to upgrade using the VMware-ESXi-6.7.0-Update2-13006603-HPE-Gen9plus-670.U2.10.4.1.8-Apr2019 ISO burned on a USB.

 

When the upgrade process scans the disks it does not recognize any existing installation so I'm not getting an "upgrade" option.

I did notice that, after the scan, the disks themselves are listed in a different order - SSD last, not first as it was for the 6.5U2 upgrade.

 

Anyone know what's going on here?  Any additional info that might help?

Thanks in advance.

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thebob

Hi,

 

I have a Microserver Gen 8 with a 3TB WD Red. I run the HPE Customized Image ESXi 6.5.0 Update 2 version 650.U2.10.4.0 released on April 2019 (Build 10719125) on it and I have the HDD performance issue.

 

When I install ESXi with the image, the driver installed is scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0.108-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820.x86_64. I followed the steps on this post and tested the performance with that driver:

# time dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=8k count=1000000
1000000+0 records in
1000000+0 records out
real 13m 40.62s
user 0m 7.57s
sys 0m 0.00s

 

It’s not really good at all. So I tried to change and used scsi-hpvsa_5.5.0.102-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820 driver, but when I did a test the result was worst:

# time dd if=/dev/zero of=tempfile bs=8k count=1000000
1000000+0 records in
1000000+0 records out
real 14m 50.22s
user 0m 8.04s
sys 0m 0.00s

 

I went back to the scsi-hpvsa-5.5.0.108-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820.x86_64 driver, but by reading the thread I can understand that my performance are really bad and abnormal. By any chance, do you have any advise I could try to improve the read/write on my server?

 

Thanks.

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juan9999

Hi. I just bought a gen 8 to use as a NAS and upgraded to Xeon E3 1265L V2 CPU. I did a vanilla install of ESXi 6.7u3 (on USB stick) before I came upon this thread. 

 

Are there any updates or patches that I should use for drivers or is there a better ISO I should use for the install (I read about people using the gen9 iso. And if so where can I get it?

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pumek

6.7 u3 works (updated via hpgen9 iso)

 

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juan9999

Awesome I just found it.

 

I'm trying to update via SSH on stand alone ESXI and having issues with the command

 

esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.7.0-20190802001-standard -d /vmfs/volumes/SSD/updates/VMware-ESXi-6.7.0-Update3-14320388-HPE-Gen9plus-670.U3.10.4.5.19-Aug2019-depot.zip

 

[NoMatchError]

No image profile found with name 'ESXi-6.7.0-20190802001-standard'

         id = ESXi-6.7.0-20190802001-standard

 

How can I determine which image profiles are available in the depot?  I entered the image profile shown on the configuration screen after I login (ESXi-6.7.0-20190802001-standard)

 

I don't really know what a depot is so I've tried this command, but I don't know the depot name

esxcli --server=server_name software sources profile list --depot=http://webserver/depot_name

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juan9999

I had to look in the vmware.xml in the metadata directory of the zip file to find the correct image profile. 

The Image Profile is HPE-ESXi-6.7.0-Update3-Gen9plus-670.U3.10.4.5.19

Then it updated just fine!

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schrapnel

Hi Guys, just bought Microserver Gen8 off ebay (Xeon E3-1220V2, 16GB RAM, 4x4TB HDD, 120 GB SDD connected to LSI 9220-8i). I used sata AHCI mode and when booted ESXi I noticed that the internal disks are represented as some naa.XYZ device names). How can I get info about drives? I need at least Serial Numbers so I can do RDM of HDD1, HDD2 and HDD3 to linux box using as local NAS and HDD4 as datastore for ESXi ...

 

Thanks.

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