We have Cisco UCS 5108 with Fabric Interconnect 6120XP and Cisco B 230 M2 Blades with M81KR Adapters. The storage connected to this is EMC VNX5300. Currently we are running VMware vSphere 5.0. Now I want to upgrade this VMware to 5.1.
Kindly let me know what are the things I need to upgrade on UCS. Please send me the details on how to upgrade these things.
Please refer to this UCS Manger Interoperability Matrix :
You need to be on firmware 2.0(4) to be able to upgrade to vSphere 5.1i :
Other requirements from the martix:
Manufacturer = Cisco UCS B230-m2
Adapter Driver = 188.8.131.52 / 184.108.40.206 (NIC)
Adapter Firmware = 2.0(4)
Boot Code / BIOS =
Note 11: The listed driver version is required for support. The updated Driver CD is available from VMware.com > All Downloads > VMware vSphere > Drivers & Tools > VMware ESX/ESXi Driver CD for Cisco FCoE CNA
Note 12: iSCSI Boot is supported. Both Appliance and Uplink ports are supported unless otherwise noted
Note 23: The listed driver version is required for support. They are contained in the Cisco OEM Customized ESX ISO available from VMware.com > downloads > VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)
Here is the link to Install and Upgrade Guides if you decide to upgrade to 2.0(4) firmware:
How stable is 2.0(4) to upgrade. As history of Cisco we should never upgrade to the latest patch immediately after Cisco releases it.
I am having only one chassis and my entire production servers are running on it, So I need to know how stable is this version before I go ahead and upgrade it.
Also, is there a link which I can follow to get exact step by step guide of upgrade. Please share.
I completely understand your point of view, but at the end of the day the decision of upgrading or not, is completely up to you. As I stated before, vSphere 5.1i on B230-m2 blades is supported in UCS firmware 2.0 (4 a or b). However, I am attaching a link to the 2.0 release notes, which should hopefully help:
As to exact step by step guide of upgrade, what firmware are you currently on?
If you are upgrading between 2.0 releases:
If you are upgrading from 1.4 to 2.0 releases:
Also, these step by step video guides should help as well: