Tag Archives: NDU

Heads Up ! – EMC VNX2 – Potential Data Unavailability

I’m back from the wilderness ! Whenever I see an EMC ETA with the words “Potential Data Unavailability”, I give it immediate attention. Data. Is. Everything. This hot off the press item is titled “ETA 489936: VNX2: A firmware issue may cause certain solid state drives to become faulted, which may result in data unavailability if the drives are part… Read more »

Dell PowerVault MD3660f – Firmware Upgrade Process

The DELL PowerVault MD series Storage Arrays are solid and reliable units. Whilst I don’t use any for what may be considered “Primary” Storage, I use them for many workloads. Backup targets, Image Respositories, Archives, Unstructured data etc. In a 5 RU form factor, it’s a dense package with over 120TB of usable capacity.            Generally… Read more »

Heads Up ! – EMC VNX1 – Potential Data Unavailability during NDU

First time in a little while, but another EMC TA bulletin arrived in my inbox last week. The inclusion of “potential data unavailability” in the subject got my attention. Full release here This particular bulletin affects only VNX Series 1 Arrays (5300, 5500, 5700 and 7500) that are upgrading to Block OE R32.217 or R32.218. The interesting part is that… Read more »

EMC VNX/VNX2/VMAX: 600GB 15k Drive Increased failure rates – with fix.

This is the second time I have had EMA technical advisories recently regarding issues with 15k SAS disks. The first one I wrote about here. It doesn’t sound quite as serious as the last one (OMG, DATA LOSS), but worthy of a look and fix. Details; and full link here and excerpt just below “” EMC Technical Advisory This notification is to… Read more »

EMC VNX – Installing software enablers – Naviseccli and USM.

“Enablers” in EMC parlance, are small installable files that unlock licensed features on your array. These include FAST, FAST cache, Mirrorview etc. To see which enablers are installed on your Array, you can use naviseccli : naviseccli -h arraysp ndu -list  otherwise you can check from Unisphere on the Software tab under “System Properties”. Many customers don’t have the chance… Read more »

Heads up ! – EMC VNX2 – Potential Data Issue during NDU

This weeks HEADS UP ! and this time for us VNX2 users, courtesy of EMC TA email Seeing  “Potential….Data Loss” in any ETA for equipment I admin raises my “Be Alert but not alarmed” counter. Full Release here This only affects upgrades to 05.33.000.5.074 which is the latest (Oct) Block OE and only if the “NDU DELAY” timer is changed from… Read more »

Heads up !! – EMC VNX/VNXe users, keep your Array software up to date

You’ve paid for your maintenance right ? Take advantage of it and keep up to date with your platform versions. Open an SR and schedule EMC to do an upgrade via RCM. They have a whole team who do array upgrades all day everyday. Keep them busy. Why ? Keep on top of fixes and feature updates. Here is the… Read more »