This is from a post on the ITRC forum, I will copy it into here because the forum are moving soon and you never know if the links will work or not :) Also I do want to immortalize it.
Title: Is it just me? Or does everything required a fw update?
Begins with some posts with some people never having any problems and some people who have had. Then gregersenj posted what I have pasted below, which is just a very honest and in my opinion accurate view of daily IT life. It may not be what others want to hear, maybe especially the people paying for the IT-services. But I believe nobody understands the whole picture in an IT-system. You may believe a lot but for everybody there are some areas that you don’t understand completely. Like drivers, kernel, just as an example.
Jun 18, 2011 13:24:53 GMT Unassigned
Frustration allways come from 2 reasons.
1. Lack of knowledge.
1 often lead to 2.
And that lead to Frustration.
Things to realize:
There’s no 100% uptime.
There’s nothing bug free.
There’s allways a risk.
Ralize the aboave, and learn how stuff works.
I don’t got a lot of knowledge on the Itanium/PA risc systems.
But, on some RX26xx model(s) you mst enable the embedded smart array controller from the EFI.
OA and ILo is a on-line, non-disruptive upgrades. A backup of the OA configuration is recommended, just in case.
Interconnect modules can be upgraded on-line. On-line FW upgrades neee a reboot to activate new FW.
VCSU upgrade modules, then reboot them 1 by 1.
Do you trust your enviroment?
Do you want to take the risk?
Yes, the blade must be powered off to activate a profile.
I don’t know why, but I believe that the engineers have a good reason.
I will recommend you to create a FW anf Driver base line, and ensure, that you are allways within supportet release sets.
Most release notes do say upgrade at earliest convinience.
I learn new stuff every day, and the more I learn, the less knowledge I blieve that I have.
It don’t work, but we know why.
Real life is:
It work, but we don’t know why.
Wish you a lot of fun learning, and hope you get less frustratet.
Just a good howto – tip – solution. It’s a little hard to find good threads.
Hard to find something.. should probably write it in here when I think of it.
Also the ITRC are moving to another platform in June 2011 so maybe these won’t be available after this.
** Update 2011-06-27: Yes, these do not work after the ITRC move. They take you to the main page of the new forum. Tried to find the posts again but couldn’t on the first two so I’ve given up :/
EVA Parity Groups – RSS
EVA Control RSS position while replacing disks.
Command View EVA cannot find EVA
SCSI Sense errors with HP SC11xe and Tape Drives
EVA DR resume
Go from PID Extended Edge to PID CORE format with Unix.
How are the ports mapped in a a HP BladeSystem c-7000 with Flex-10 Fabric Interconnect modules.
HP’s ITRC forum is a great place to learn more, help out :)
For me the primary reason is to remember the things I learnt while working at the support, because I do not work with hardware in that respect anymore it’s incredible how fast this kind of stuff is forgotten, at least the specifics :/
I hope the ITRC won’t change into something crap after the move to another forum system now in the summer.