Monthly archives: August, 2012

Installing Brocade FC offline bundles in ESXi 5

Today I had to install a Brocade FC HBA on a IBM System x server, at a customer site. It turns out that VMware did not include the HBA driver in the vSphere 5 update 1 install media. So I had to find the driver my self. Here is a quick guide how to install the Brocade offline bundle (and for that matter other offline bundles as well. First I downloaded the Brocade Offline bundle from the support site. Then I uploaded the .zip file to the /tmp folder on the VMware vSphere ESXi 5 host using WinSCP, remember to turn on SSH for this. Next I logged in to the ESXi host using putty. From the command line I typed esxcli software vib install -d /tmp/brocade_offline_bundle.zip this starts the installation. After it’s done I rebooted the host and after the boot I could see the HBA from my vSphere 5 client. All done. Hope this will help you.

Howto update VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.0 Update 1A

In this post I will go thru how to update  VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) to version 5.0 Update 1A. First of all make sure that you have a snapshot or backup of you’re vCenter. Next log in to the webinterface https://vCenterServerIP:5480. Go to the Update tab and click the “Check Updates” Accept the EULA 🙂 and click OK to install the update         Now wait… the installation can take up to 120 minutes.       After the installation has completed you will need to reboot the VCSA. From the System->information tab click reboot   Now you’re VCSA is updated and you are good to go. Pleas have a look at the VMware vCenter Server 5.0 Update 1a Release Notes for known issues and more