Since the release of IBM’s customized ESXi 5.0, there’s been a number of queries on what it contains and how you use it to upgrade to vSphere 5.0. One of my colleagues, Wayne Wigley in the US has compiled this useful FAQ, which I’ve published below:
Q) When will vSphere 5 ESXi be available on an IBM USB Key?
A) The IBM USB key pre-installed with ESXi 5.0 IBM customized image was made available on the 26th January, 2012.
Q) When will the OEM custom hypervisor image for IBM systems be available on the VMware (IBM) portal?
A) IBM has not negotiated to put the image on VMware’s website. The code was posted on the IBM site (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/os/vmware/esxi/index.html) on December 16, 2011
Q) What will be the upgrade path for existing IBM 4.x ESXi USB key installations?
A) A customer can download the new image from http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/os/vmware/esxi/ for free and apply to the existing key.
Q) How do you upgrade the IBM USB customised image to the IBM ESXi 5 image?
A) You can upgrade any IBM USB customized image release 4.1U1 and higher to the IBM ESXi 5 customized version using 2 methods. The first method is using the ISO image.
While upgrading the image you will see the following screens. Choose the Force Migrate option.
After selecting to Force Migrate you will be presented with the following screen
Press Enter to continue. Then you will be presented with the screen below
Choose (F11) to continue with the upgrade.
You can also use VMware Update Manager (VUM) as I previously documented here.
Q) What will be the upgrade path for existing IBM 4.x ESXi USB key installations (key replacement or install new hypervisor code)?
A) If a customer needs to replace a USB part they will get the same FRU part number back. For example, they will get 4.x for 4.x. The ESXi software can be downloaded, so a customer can upgrade to the next level, but they will have to apply all patches again.
Q) What is the IBM roadmap for ESXi releases ?
A) IBM is continues to refresh our roadmap with the latest VMware releases and the time to market for new code releases and patches to better align with VMware’s release dates.
Q) What are the CIM providers and drivers that are included in the IBM ESXi 5 customized Image that are not in the VMware image?
A) These are:
IMM provider, version is 500-2ACE08AUS. Including concretejob, filetrans,fwupdate, immpassthru (new)
CBB provider. version is 500-ESXI01ACN. Including hwckvm, smbios,pciinfo.
FUPB provider, version is 1.23-7.100
Emulex provider version is .18.104.22.168-01:
- drivers: net-be2net-4.0.355.1-1OEM.500.0.0.406165
Brocade provider version is 22.214.171.124-0:
- drivers: net-bna-126.96.36.199-1OEM.500.0.0.406165.x86_64
Qlogic provider version is 1.3.8-381646:
LSI provider version is 500.04.V0.24-261033
- LSI facade provider version is 500-1.00.20111020
- driver: scsi-megaraid-sas-5.34-1vmw.500.0.0.406165
IBM OEM vib version is 2.0-2
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If you have any other queries on IBM’s customized ESXi 5.0, please let me know and I’ll try to get them answered for you.