Alvin Kho is one of the Dell Enterprise Technologists based in Asia. He maintains a fantastic internal document on all things EqualLogic and  has graciously let me use some of his content on my blog – so many  thanks to Alvin.

There are two sections, all the latest software releases and then a plethora of technical documents and whitepapers to warm you up during the cool winter nights. I’ll try and post new content whenever he does an update .. try.

EQL Software Family and Versioning

This is the main reason I wanted to put this up on the web. A single place to see all the latest recommended versions for EqualLogic software. One of the cool things about EQL is that once you buy it, everything is licensed so you get access to all the software and new features as they are released.

This is a wide table and it breaks the formatting of my site but it’s worth it.

EQL Software Category Latest Version Release Date Comment
Firmware 4.3.x Generation 4.3.8 17-Jan-11  
5.0.x Generation 5.0.8 14-Sep-11 New GUI starting from 5.x. Support VMware VAAI
5.1.x Generation 5.1.2 21-Oct-11 New 3TB drive, Auto-tiering, DCB, FS7500, AD integration features started in this version
5.2.x Generation 5.2.8 17-Jun-13 new 10GbE controller (PS6110 & PS4110 series) support with bug fixes
6.x Generation 6.0.5 17-Jun-13 Added sync replication support plus other features (e.g. UNMAP, snapshot borrowing, etc.)
Language Pack for Group Manager 6.x Generation 6.0 or above 17-Oct-12 EQL Group Manager GUI multiple languages support – including French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Spanish
HIT For Microsoft 2.x 2.2.1 Jun-07 Still can support Windows 2000 server
3.x 3.5.1 Jan-11 This is the version added PowerShell support (not for support W2K server)
– if support SQL Server 2000 edition is necessary, using HIT/ME version 3.1.2
4.x 4.5.0 18-Dec-12 Support Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, SharePoint and new features in EQL fw 6
– if support for Exchange 2003, SQL 2005 is necessary, using HIT/ME version 4.0

– not support for Windows Server 2003
HIT For VMware 2.x (ASM/VE) 2.0.5 May-10 Support EQL firmware v3.2 or higher
(Both VMware ESX 3.5 and 4.x are supported by this release)
3.x 3.1.2 28-Jun-12 Support vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 – provide vCenter plug-in appliance support
(not backward compatible to ESX 3.5 and 4.0)
– support EQL firmware 6.0
Virtual Storage Manager for VMware 3.x v3.5.2 2-Apr-13 Support EQL firmware v5.0.2 or higher
VMware vCenter Server™ 5.0, 5.1
VMware ESX™ Server 4.1, 5.0, 5.1
VMware View™ 4.5, 4.6, 5.0
MEM for VMware 1.1.x 1.1.2 3-Dec-12 Design to work with vSphere 4.1, 5.0 and 5.1. Request EQL firmware 5.2 or higher.
SRM for VMware
1.x 1.0.6 16-Jun-12 Support EQL firmware v5.0.2 or higher
Support VMware SRM V4.1.1 and higher (V4.x only)
2.x 2.2.0 11-Sep-12 Support EQL firmware v5.0.2 or higher
Support VMware SRM v5.0 & 5.1
(not backward compatible with previous version of SRM)
HIT for Linux 1.x 1.2.0 1-Nov-12 Support EQL firmware v5.0 or higher (support EQL firmware v6 new features)
(32/64-bit versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)/CentOS: 5.7, 5.8, 6.2, 6.3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP1 and SP2)
Note: when running with RedHat 5.5, there is no "Least Queue Depth" Algorithm
SAN HeadQuarters (SAN-HQ) 2.x 2.6 14-May-13 Support EQL firmware v5.0 or higher (support Win8/2012 with RAID reliability score)
NOTE: The SupportAssist feature is compatible with firmware v5.0.8 or later.
Manual Transfer Utility (MTU) 1.x 1.2.3 2-Aug-12 Support EQL firmware v5.1.x to v6.0.x
SCOM MP For EqualLogic 5.x 5.0 (A00) 20-May-13 Support up to EQL firmware 6.x and new EQL hardware
Support for Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 Operations Manager and System Center 2012 Operations Manager
Node Side v2.0.7170
(FluidFS v2)
7-Jul-13 Supported Platform – FS7500, FS7600, FS7610
– Before upgrade to new FS Series Firmware version, must first upgrade EQL array(s) to Firmware version 6.0.x or above
EQL Side 6.0.5 10-Apr-13 EQL firmware minimal support level is 5.1.x for FS7500
For FS76x0, minimal support version is 6.0.1 or above


HIT/Microsoft v4.5 does include an SMP Provider for Microsoft Window Server 2012.  However, usage/integration with SCVMM2012 requires two things:

  1. SCVMM2012 SP1 / UR1
  2. HIT/Microsoft v4.6 (which is not GA released yet but soooooon)

Out of everything there, I can’t emphasise enough to upgrade to the latest SAN HQ software. New functionality allows SAN HQ to upload logs directly to support on your behalf. It’s a very welcome feature for sure, actually It’s all very fabulous.

Useful EqualLogic Technical Materials and Whitepapers

Another great list thanks to Alvin, I am merely the cut and paste maestro presenting and prostrating before you. Actually, I thought about formatting and making it more web friendly but I am getting told off because I don’t have the sausages on the BBQ yet so this will have to do.

Document Name URL
Dell EqualLogic Configuration Guide
Dell EqualLogic Compatibility Matrix
EQL RAID Best Practices
EQL Best Practice Networking Guidelines 
Rapid EqualLogic Configuration Portal
Switch Configuration Guides
Master pointer to all SiS whitepapers
EqualLogic Technical Contents
Optimizing your EQL SAN for High Availability
EqualLogic PS Series Architecture: Load Balancers
DC Power Supply Module Installation and Maintenance Supplement
EqualLogic Hybrid Array Load Balancer
EqualLogic & M1000e Best Practices (1GbE)
EqualLogic & M1000e Best Practices (10GbE)
EqualLogic & M1000e Best Practices (Force10 switch)
EqualLogic PS-M4110 Blade array
EqualLogic Auto-Replication
EqualLogic Snapshots and Clones Best Practices
EqualLogic Template Volumes and Thin Clones
EqualLogic iSCSI Connection Characterization
Self Encrypted Drive Management
Mixed Speed with EQL (PowerConnect 6248/8024F)
Mixed Speed with EQL (PowerConnect 8100 Series)
Mixed Speed with EQL (Force10 S4820T)
FS Series Appliances FluidFS NAS Support Matrix
FS76x0 Best Practices with EQL
NDMP Backup on FluidFS using CommVault Simpana
Applications Topics and URL
SQL Server 2012 Best Practices and Sizing Guidelines for Transaction Processing Applications with Microsoft SQL 2012 using EqualLogic PS Series Storage
SQL Server 2012 OLTP I/O Profile Study with Microsoft SQL 2012 using EqualLogic PS Series Storage
SQL Server 2008 Protecting Microsoft SQL Server databases with EqualLogic Synchronous Replication
SQL Server 2008 Enhancing SQL Server Protection using EqualLogic Smart Copy Snapshots
SQL Server 2008 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Backup and Restore using Dell EqualLogoic
SQL Server 2008 Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Backup and Restore using Dell EqualLogoic and PowerVault DL2200 with CommVault Simpana
SQL Server 2008 Automatic data tiering benefits for OLTP databases with EqualLogic hybrid arrays
SQL Server 2008 SQL Server Database Protection Using Auto-Snapshot Manager / Microsoft Edition: Advanced Operations
SQL Server 2008 DSS (OLAP) Deploying MS SQL Server 2008 DSS on 10GbE EqualLogic Storage
Exchange Server 2010 Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with Dell EqualLogic PS Series Arrays
Exchange Server 2010 Microsoft Exchange 2010 on a Hyper-V Virtual Infrastructure Supported by Dell EqualLogic SANs
Exchange Server 2010 Exchange 2010 Data Protection with EqualLogic Auto-Snapshot Manager / Microsoft Edition v4.5
Exchange Server 2010 Sizing MS Exchange 2010 on EqualLogic PS4100-6100 Arrays with VMware vSphere 5
Exchange Server 2010 Supplemental Implementation Guide (MS Exchange 2010 on VMware vSphere)
Exchange Server 2010 Enhancing Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Data Protection and Availability using EqualLogic Snapshots
SharePoint 2007/2010 SharePoint Data Protection with Auto-Snapshot Manager / Microsoft Edition v4.5
SharePoint 2010 Reference Architecture for a Virtualized SharePoint 2010 Document Management Solution
Oracle 11g R2 Performance Baseline for Deploying Oracle 11g Release 2 Based Decision Support Systems using Dell EqualLogic PS6110XV Arrays
Oracle 11g R2 Sizing and Best Practices for Deploying Oracle 11g Release 2 Based Decision Support Systems with Dell EqualLogic 10GbE iSCSI SAN
Oracle 11g Best Practices for Oracle 11g Backup and Recovery using Oracle RMAN and EqualLogic Snapshots
Oracle DSS (OLAP) Deploying Oracle Decision Support Systems with EqualLogic 10GbE iSCSI SAN
Operating Systems URL
Deploying Windows 2008 with EQL
Windows 2012 & Hyper-V
Deploying Hyper-V with EQL
Hyper-V Protection using Auto-Snapshot Manager/ME
Boot from SAN for Windows Server 2008 R2
MPIO with Windows Server 2008
ESXi 4.1
ESXi 5.1
Boot from SAN for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2
Linux (using HIT for Linux)
SuSE Linux
Linux (Red Hat, CentOS, SuSE Linux)

There you go. Not a bad list. Just as a reminder, this list is accurate as of July 2013 – if you are reading this in the future there is probably a more recent doc, and I’m probably older. As always, make sure you check out the sites below as they are the best places to go for Dell Storage.

If you think this is valuable leave a small note in the comments and  we’ll try and do a Compellent version as well.

Cheers Daniel