New Emulex driver and firmware for HP blade servers running VMWare

Latest HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) Version 2014.02.0 contains a new Emulex OneConnect firmware 4.9.311.20. This is the new recommended firmware by HP for VMWare 5.x. Recommended drivers version for VMWare 5.0/5.1 is and for VMWare 5.5 recommended driver is  10.0.725.2.

Section from release notes (link)

Resolved Issues from Firmware Version
BladeEngine Firmware


Added support for OCBB (Option Card Black Box – Active Health).
Added support for VC 4.10.
EDD 3.0 is enabled by default.
Incorporates signed UEFI 2.3.1 compatible drivers to support Secure Boot.
Adds support for multi-path Windows install to RAW disks.


Resolves an issue that might result in link up/down when using ETHTOOL_OPTS.
Corrected an issue with traffic through a switch resulting in a lockup until downlink is disabled.
Resolves an issue of not discovering the iSCSI boot target when port 1 is configured as primary boot option through DHCP.

Known Issues

1. Firmware 4.2.401.6 is not compatible with Rhel 6.2×64 Inbox NIC driver
(version In order to upgrade to Firmware 4.2.401.6, you must first
upgrade to Rhel 6.2×64 driver version 4.2.392.1 or later.

Symptom seen with inbox driver: “TX hang in standard error as well as

Download links

HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) Version 2014.02.0

OFFLINE Firmware image (.iso) for HP Emulex 10GbE Converged Network Adapters and 10GbE Network Adapters

VMware ESXi5.0/5.1 Driver CD for Emulex OneConnect

VMware ESXi 5.1 Driver CD for Emulex OneConnect

VMware ESXi 5.5 Driver CD for Emulex OneConnect

HP March 2014 VMware FW and Software Recipe