HPE Offline Bundle 3.5.0-12 for VMware ESXi

The HPE ESXi Offline Bundle for VMware ESXi includes the latest HPE Common Information Model (CIM) Providers, HPE Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) driver, HPE Compaq ROM Utility (CRU) driver, the HPE Agentless Management Service (AMS), and Fibre Channel(FC) HBA access libraries.

HPE Offline Bundle 3.5.0-12 for VMware ESXi includes important fixes for issues which can be cause of service down time. If you have VMware ESXi 6.5 or VMware ESXi 6.7, you must update HPE Offline Bundle to the new version (3.5.0-12).

Important Fixes in HPE Offline Bundle 3.5.0-12

Let’s see what problems are resolved:

WBEM Providers

  • Fix incorrect CacheOperationalStatus data for Smart Array B140i Controller
  • Fix memory leak issues causing ESXi host to become unresponsive or crash

Agentless Management Service

  • Fix buffer overrun when acquiring vib summary from ESXi host database
  • Fix cpqSePciSlotBoardName for empty slots with no CPU
  • Fix cpqSePciSlotBoardName for FC Adapters with specific Device IDs
  • Disable multiple IPv6 support in Gen9 to fix Host discovery issues due to missing support in iLO
  • Fix AMS hang when total IPv6 address string sizes exceed 256 bytes

Installation/Upgrade Instructions

You can use the esxcli utility in conjunction with offline bundles or with a depot. This topic describes
the procedure using offline bundles.

Prerequisites

Before you can update or patch an vSphere 6.5 host from the command line, you must have access to a machine on which you can run the VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface 6.5 (vSphere CLI). You can install the vSphere CLI on your Microsoft Windows or Linux system. For information about importing or installing the
vSphere CLI 6.5, see the VMware vSphere Command-Line Interface Installation and Reference Guide.

Procedure

  1. Power off any virtual machines that are running on the host and place the host into maintenance mode.
  2. Transfer the offline bundle onto the ESXi host local path, or extract it onto an online depot.
  3. Install the bundle on the ESXi host.
    • Install remotely from client, with offline bundle contents on a online depot:
         esxcli -s <server> -u root -p mypassword software vib install -d <depotURL/bundle-index.xml>
    • Install remotely from client, with offline bundle on ESXi host:
         esxcli -s <server> -u root -p mypassword software vib install -d <ESXi local path><bundle.zip>
    • Install from ESXi host, with offline bundle on ESXi host:
         esxcli software vib install -d <ESXi local path><bundle.zip>
  4. After the bundle is installed, reboot the ESXi host for the updates to take effect.
  5. (Optional) Verify that the vibs on the bundle are installed on your ESXi host.
       esxcli -s <server> -u root -p mypassword software vib list
  6. (Optional) Remove individual vibs. <vib name> can be identified by listing the vibs as shown in #5.
       esxcli -s <server> -u root -p mypassword software vib remove -n <vib name>

You can install or upgrade the offline bundle by VMware vCenter Update Manager as well:

  • Download the offline bundle
  • Upload it on VMware vCenter Update Manager
  • Create a baseline with any name that you want
  • Attach the baseline to hosts/clusters/datacenters and start to remediation.

Further Reading

[How To]: Configure HPE iLO via ESXi

Reverting to a previous version of ESXi

[Script]: Find ESXi HBA WWN via PowerCLI

Davoud Teimouri

Davoud Teimouri is as a professional blogger, vExpert 2015/2016/2017/2018/2019, VCA, MCITP. This blog is started with simple posts and now, it has large following readers.

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