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|
|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
|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:
- SCVMM2012 SP1 / UR1
- 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.
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.
- Dell Storage – http://www.dellstorage.com/
- Dell Tech Centre – http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/b/techcenter/default.aspx
- Crackin’ crab briks with couscous salad & salsa – http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/seafood-recipes/crackin-crab-briks-with-couscous-salad-salsa
If you think this is valuable leave a small note in the comments and we’ll try and do a Compellent version as well.