StorSimple 8k series software upgrade from version 0.2 to version 1.2 – phase 2 of 3


Originally published on 9 November, 2015

Phase 2 – Firmware update

See upgrade process overview and phase 1 for important warnings and pre-requisites.

In this phase we need to enter ‘Maintenance Mode’. As noted in the process overview post, the device iSCSI volumes will be inaccessible during this process. It is recommended that this update be scheduled in a planned downtime window. In maintenance mode, Powershell Remoting is not available and we must enter Powershell cmdlets directly in the device serial interface.

This phase takes about 1 hour.

In this phase we will:

  • From a computer running Windows 8.1 or 2012 R2 or Windows 10, run this Powershell script. This will guide you through the steps of this phase.
  • Verify that StorSimple Software Update v1.2 is successfully installed from phase 1
    Run this cmdlet in the device Serial Interface:
    Get-HcsSystem
    You should see the following versions:
    HcsSoftwareVersion: 6.3.9600.17584
    CisAgentVersion: 1.0.9049.0
    MdsAgentVersion: 26.0.4696.1433Update-23
  • Enter Maintenance Mode
    Run this cmdlet in the device Serial Interface:
    Enter-HcsMaintenanceMode
    The device will reboot
    In Azure Management Interface, under the device/configure page, you can also see both controllers in Maintenance modeUpdate-18
  • Download the bits
    The bits are available for download from KB3063416 by browsing to http://catalog.update.microsoft.com and searching for StorSimple. However, this requires Internet Explorer browser and a number of add-ons. In the script I’ve saved the bits to my OneDrive and the script downloads them from there. Update-24This is the part of the script that downloads the bits. By default, it retries 3 times.
  • Update the firmware
    By running the Start-HcsHotFix cmdlet in the device serial interface.
    The script provides the exact cmdlet and its parameters as inUpdate-25Copy the green text from the script and paste it in your device serial interface window. You will be prompted to enter the password for the listed userUpdate-19
  • Switch to the peer controller and update its firmware
    By selecting option ‘2’ and running the Start-HcsHotFix cmdlet
    Update-26
  • Exit Maintenance Mode
    By running the Exit-HcsMaintenanceMode cmdlet at the device serial interface window
    The device will reboot several timesUpdate-21

We must allow 24 hours after Firmware update 1.2 before proceeding to phase 3 according to Microsoft.

The Azure Management Interface will show an informational alert similar to: Update-35

 

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