Home lab upgraded to vSphere 7 … almost. Updated!!

I have updated my home lab to vSphere 7 for exception of one host. Currently I have following hardware in my home lab – two HPE Proliant DL380 Gen8 (E5-2600 v2 series CPU), SuperMicro SYS-2028R-C1R4+ (E5-2600 v3 series CPU) and HPE Proliant DL380 G7 (X5600 series CPU). I used the VMware original ISO to perform the upgrades.

Supermicro SYS-2028R-C1R4+

Started with Supermicro. It was complaining about unsupported devices -> “Unsupported devices [8086:10a7 15d9:10a7] [8086:10a7 15d9:10a7] found on the host.”. During remediation I checked “Ignore warnings about unsupported hardware devices” and after some time the host was upgraded.

HPE Proliant DL380 Gen8

The HPE Proliant DL380 Gen8 servers also had unsupported devices detected -> “Unsupported devices [8086:105e 103c:7044] [8086:105e 103c:7044] found on the host.”

They also had some VIBs installed that were missing dependencies:

QLC_bootbank_qfle3f_1.0.68.0-1OEM.670.0.0.8169922
HPE_bootbank_scsi-hpdsa_5.5.0.68-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820
QLC_bootbank_qedi_2.10.15.0-1OEM.670.0.0.8169922
HPE_bootbank_scsi-hpdsa_5.5.0.68-1OEM.550.0.0.1331820
QLC_bootbank_qedf_1.3.36.0-1OEM.600.0.0.2768847
QLC_bootbank_qedf_1.3.36.0-1OEM.600.0.0.2768847
QLC_bootbank_qedf_1.3.36.0-1OEM.600.0.0.2768847
QLC_bootbank_qedi_2.10.15.0-1OEM.670.0.0.8169922

I used following commands to remove them:

esxcli software vib remove –vibname qedf
esxcli software vib remove –vibname qedi
esxcli software vib remove –vibname qfle3f
esxcli software vib remove –vibname scsi-hpdsa

After this I upgraded the hosts while again checking the “Ignore warnings about unsupported hardware devices” option.

HPE Proliant DL380 G7

The HPE Proliant DL380 G7 has an unsupported X5650 CPU and I was not able to update it. I guess it needs to be replaced with something newer.

I used “AllowLegacyCPU=true” option to enable upgrade on HPE DL380 G7 with X5650 CPU. More info – https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2020/04/quick-tip-allow-unsupported-cpus-when-upgrading-to-esxi-7-0.html

9 thoughts on “Home lab upgraded to vSphere 7 … almost. Updated!!

  1. I don’t seem to have them VIBs, can you share your ISO?

    I have a DL380e Gen8 and go the same errors, tried HPE ISO, VMware ISO and even offline build with auto deploy

    • I used update manager / Lifecycle manager to upgrade my hosts and it listed all the conflicting vibs. So I removed them from my 6.7U3 installations.

      • I will try removing them, I have seen HP say clean install only for 7.0
        I also have a Dell R720, I may try that instead.

  2. “The HPE Proliant DL380 G7 has an unsupported X5650 CPU and I was not able to update it.”

    Have you tried adding the boot flag AllowLegacyCPU=true when booting the installer disk? It worked for me. You will then have to add the boot flag manually during the first boot of the installed system and add it by editing boot.cfg in both /bootbank and /altbootbank

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