Update the QLogic Fibre Channel HBA qla2xxx driver on your ESXi 4.0/4.1 host using the vMA

After updating the 553i 10Gb CNA a few weeks ago, it’s now time to update the FC HBA driver. The ESXi hosts I’m working with now, are version 4.1 Update 2 582267 and use QLogic based ISP2532 8Gb FC PCIe HBA’s.

To get the current driver version, log into the ESXi host and use the command

cat /proc/scsi/qla*/*

My current version is 831.k1.28.1-7vmw with firmware 5.03.06 (d5)

I downloaded the latest driver version  841.k1.34.1-1vmw here.

Extract the downloaded .iso and transfer the 841.k1.34.1-1vmw-offline_bundle-532021.zip to the vMA using eg. WinSCP. To update the ESXi host, use the command

vihostupdate -server [server name] -username root -password [password] -install -bundle 841.k1.34.1-1vmw-offline_bundle-532021.zip

Afterwards, reboot the ESXi host. In my case, I also updated the firmware, so there is also a new firmware version in the screenshot below.

Current version is now 841.k1.34.1-1vmw with firmware 5.06.02 (90d5)

Again, time for some testing =)

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About Yuri de Jager
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2 Responses to Update the QLogic Fibre Channel HBA qla2xxx driver on your ESXi 4.0/4.1 host using the vMA

  1. Anton says:

    is there any reason to update the hba driver to most current other than for testing purposes ?
    I have the same version QLogic PCI to Fibre Channel Host Adapter for QLE2562:
    FC Firmware version 5.03.06 (d5), Driver version 831.k1.28.1-7vmw as listed here but I have some issues and I was wondering if updating the HBA to most recent will help in my case.

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