UCS

Upgrade Timelines

  • VMware 6.0 U1 → VMWare 6.0 U3
  • UCS 2.0 → 4.0 (update all)
Start
17:40 - Configured GW / CUBEs to preference CVP A (SIP Server Group Config)
17:55 - Zero Calls on CVP B side - shutdown servers.
18:08 - ESXi in Maintenance Mode - Reboot
18:10 - F6 - Boot from Mapped Drive (VMware)
18:15 - Booting from ESXi Mapped Drive
18:20 - VMware loaded - Installer
18:22 - Upgrade complete - Remove Disk - Reboot
18:28 - ESXi Full loaded
18:30 - Cisco HUU ISO mapped and server reboot requested
18:33 - Booting from HUU ISO
18:40 - Boot Screen of HHU changes to white screen instead of just the loading icon.....
18:44 - Firmware initial Copy completed... installer continues 'loading'' drivers....
18:48 - License Agreement
18:49 - Upgrade All Selected - proceeding
19:04 - CIMC - PASS
19:14 - SAS-EXPANDER - PASS
19:14 - Intel i350 LOM - PASS
19:14 - Intel i350 port adapter 1
19:17 - Intel i350 port adapter 2
19:20 - Cisco 12 G SAS Modular Raid HBA
19:26 - BIOS - PASS
19:27 - Exit / Reboot
19:34 - CIMC Pinging.....and then not (upgrading CIMC I assume...)
19:40 - CIMC PInging again ....
19:49 - ESXi Pingable & CIMC updated !!!
19:55 - First VM Started - & VMware Tools In progress.... - completed @ 20:01
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Configured other VM to upgrade VM on Startup
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19:15 - All Machines up with VMware tools updated
20:20 - Gateways reconfigured for Load balancing.

Map VMware ISO to Virtual kVM

18:03 - Reboot
18:04 - F6
18:08 - Selected VMware ISO for Boot
18:17 - 1819 - Selected to upgrade and wait..... then selected partition ... wait....then select upgrade and preserve VMFS (ENTER, ENTER, ENTER)
18:20 - then it again asks you to confirm upgrade (F11).
18:35 - VMware server up and running.

upload the Patch to the Datastore and updated the server via command line - only takes a min or two.
Reboot

18:43 - reboot VMware

Map VMware ISO to Virtual kVM

09:44 - Reboot - Press F6 and select Virtual DVD
Cisco Upgrade Utility takes an age to progress...
09:55 - Page changes to 'white' page and 'copying firmware and tools...'
10:10 - Selected Upgrade all and confirmed upgrade
11:05 - upgrade completed (could  have been a some time earlier - reboot.