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EMC® VNX® Series
Adding a Software Enabler
August, 2013
This document describes how to install a software enabler on your EMC® VNX™ system
using the Unisphere™ Service Manager (USM).
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Before you start..........................................................................................................2
Installing a software enabler...................................................................................... 2
Verifying the VNX software installation with Unisphere...............................................5
Before you start
To install a software enabler, you need:
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A Windows host or Windows virtual machine that is:
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Running a supported operating system version.
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Connected to the Internet if you need to install USM, download software updates,
or both. We recommend that you install the latest version of USM.
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Running Java Runtime Environment (JRE). For supported JRE versions, refer to the
product release notes.
An account on the EMC Online Support website.
Installing a software enabler
You use the Unisphere Service Manager's System Software wizards to install software
enablers. If you are not running the latest version of USM, we recommend that you
download and install the latest version.
CAUTION
During the software installation procedure:
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The storage system must not have any faulted or transitioning components.
You can view the current state of storage-system components using Unisphere.
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You must not power down or reboot the storage system, power down an SP, or
remove any components. Doing so may put the storage system in a state from which
it cannot be restarted.
For a dual SP system:
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After the software installation is complete, the storage system reboots
automatically. One SP reboots, and when it has finished, the other SP reboots. This
causes any connected servers that are not configured for high availability to lose
access to the storage system until the operation is completed.
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After the block software installation is complete on the secondary SP, that SP
reboots. When the SP comes back up, the primary SP is updated and then reboots.
Installing system software
To install system software using the USM's software wizards, follow the instructions in
this section:
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Use the Unisphere Server Utility to validate the environment of any servers connected
to the storage system.
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Install the USM, if not already installed.
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Run the USM software wizards:
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Download VNX software updates
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Prepare for Installation wizard
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Install Software wizard
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Validating the server environment and installing the USM
You must install the USM on a Windows host that is connected to the Internet and on the
same network as the management ports on the system.
Procedure
1. Use the Unisphere Server Utility to validate your server environment for High
Availability.
2. Install the USM on the Windows server or host from which you will install the system
software.
Accept the license agreement. The installation wizard verifies that the server is
running the supported Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version.
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If the server is running an earlier version of the JRE, select Yes when asked if you
want to continue with the installation.
The installation wizard prompts you to download and install the later version of
the JRE from the Sun website.
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If the server is running a later version of the JRE, the installation wizard asks if you
want to continue with the installation.
Select Yes to continue or No to cancel the installation.
NOTICE
If you select Yes, the USM may not work properly with a later JRE version. If you
select No, and manually remove the later version of the JRE, other applications that
require this version may not work properly.
Copying enablers into the storage-system software repository
Read this section if you have enablers to install on the system.
To copy enablers into the software repository:
Procedure
1. For each enabler that you want to install on the system:
a. Copy the enabler (.ena file) into the c:\emc\repository\Downloads\VNX
folder on the Windows server or host on which you installed the USM.
Note
The USM installation process creates a c:\emc\repository\Downloads
\VNX folder as the default repository for the USM's system software to use. If this
folder does not exist, create it.
b. Remove the media disk from the drive.
About downloading VNX software updates
The USM offers two options for downloading the latest VNX software to your system:
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If you are connected to a system, the VNX Download wizard determines the hardware
model, file software version, and block software version of the selected system. The
wizard then walks you through the steps to select the correct software updates and
downloads them to a repository on a laptop or workstation. If your system is already
running the latest software, the VNX Download wizard does not make a
recommendation.
Validating the server environment and installing the USM
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Note
The VNX Download Wizard does not support a Block-to-Unified (BTU) upgrade. You
must manually download the BTU File OE software. Once downloaded, run the USM
Install Software Wizard to complete the installation.
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Alternately, you can manually download the appropriate File and Block software.
For Block OE software upgrades, download the package with extension .pbu. For
example, 05.31.000.4.012.pbu. EMC requires that you download the Block OE software
to the following location: C:\EMC\repository\Downloads\VNX\date\xxxx.pbu
where:
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date = the date in the format of year-month-day (2011-01-02)
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xxxx = Block software bundle name
Running the system software wizards
Procedure
1. Start USM by doing either one of the following:
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Click the Unisphere Service Manager icon on your desktop, or
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Select Start > All Programs or Start > Programs, then select EMC > Unisphere >
Unisphere Service Manager > Unisphere Service Manager.
2. Log in to your system.
Note
Before running the Prepare for Installation and Install Software wizards, you must first
download the software packages.
3. From the System screen, select Software > System Software > Prepare for Installation.
Prepare for Installation runs both the file and block Prepare for Installation steps.
If you are logged into a block system or you have selected to update only the block OE
on a file or unified system, then only the block Prepare for Installation step will run.
If you are logged into a file or unified system and if you have selected to update only
the file OE on a file or unified system, then only the file Prepare for Installation step
will run.
If you are logged into a file or unified system and if you have selected to update both
file OE and block OE then both the file and block Prepare for Installation steps will
run.
4. Once the Prepare for Installation wizard has completed, select Software > System
Software > Install Software to proceed with the install.
5. Follow the instructions to install the desired software packages.
After a block upgrade is performed, the system reboots automatically. First, the
secondary SP reboots. When the secondary SP comes back up, the primary SP is
updated and then reboots. For a file upgrade, the Control Station may also reboot. If
the USM logs out during a block upgrade, the upgrade continues. If this happens, log
in to the USM and check the status of the upgrade by selecting Software > System
Software. Under the Tools list, select Software Maintenance Status.
You cannot start Unisphere on the storage system until the reboot is completed,
which could take up to about 45 minutes for each SP. The reboot is complete when
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the SP status lights on each SP are in the on state steadily. Wait until both reboots are
complete before continuing.
A health check is performed after the software is upgraded. The number and content
of the post-upgrade health checks may differ from those performed before the
upgrade. Review the results of the health check, and if any problems are detected,
resolve them before using your system.
6. When the installation is complete, select Notify your service provider with updated
storage system configuration information, and click Finish.
Note
If the newly-installed software requires a commit, the last step in the wizard provides
the option to make the commit.
7. Close the USM.
Verifying the VNX software installation with Unisphere
Procedure
1. Start Unisphere for the system by entering the IP address of an SP or Control Station in
the system in a browser window.
2. Select All Systems > System List.
3. Right-click the system and select Properties.
The Storage System Properties window appears.
4. Select the Software tab.
5. Verify that the list contains an entry for each software package that you installed and
that each entry is listed as Active and does not require a commit.
6. If an entry for a software package that you installed requires a commit, select the entry
and click Commit.
Verifying the VNX software installation with Unisphere
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