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 4.9.288.0 and for VMWare 5.5 recommended driver is  10.0.725.2.

Section from release notes (link)

Resolved Issues from Firmware Version 4.6.247.5
BladeEngine Firmware

Enhancements

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.

Fixes

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 4.1.255.11). 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 4.1.255.11 inbox driver: “TX hang in standard error as well as
/var/log/messages”

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

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