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What triggers an update to Disk, Shelf, or ACP firmware in Data ONTAP 8 7-Mode?

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Applies to

  • Data ONTAP 8

Answer

Disk Firmware

Disk Firmware will be updated in one of the following three ways: 

In the Background

This occurs when the following conditions are met:

  • options raid.background_disk_fw_update.enable is on
    -or-
    options raid.disk.background_fw_update.raid4.enable is on (where applicable)
  • Newer firmware for the disks present is placed in the /etc/disk_fw directory.
     
When manually triggered

This occurs when the following conditions are met:

  • options raid.background_disk_fw_update.enable is off
    -or-
    options raid.disk.background_fw_update.raid4.enable is off (where applicable)
  • Newer firmware for the disks present is placed in the /etc/disk_fw directory
  • The disk_fw_update command is issued.

Upon next reboot

This occurs when the following conditions are met:

  • options raid.background_disk_fw_update.enable is off
    -or-
    options raid.disk.background_fw_update.raid4.enable is off (where applicable)
  • Newer firmware for disks present is placed in the /etc/disk_fw directory
  • The system is rebooted.
     
Shelf Firmware

Shelf Firmware is updated in one of the following three ways:
Note: There are some concerns specific to the AT-FCX modules which is addressed on each shelf FW download page.

When manually triggered

This occurs when the following conditions are met:

  • Newer firmware for the shelf modules present is placed in the /etc/shelf_fw directory.

-and-

  • The following commands are issued:
    • priv set advanced
    • storage download shelf
       -or-
      storage download shelf adapter_name
    • priv set

Upon the next reboot

This occurs when both the following conditions are met:

  • Newer firmware for the shelf modules present is placed in the /etc/shelf_fw directory.
  • The controller is rebooted.

Upon certain events being encountered

This occurs when the following conditions are met:

  • Newer firmware for the shelf modules present is placed in the /etc/shelf_fw directory.

-and-

  • One of the following events occur:
    • The cf giveback command is issued
    • New disk drives are inserted
    • New shelf modules are inserted
    • A-SAS shelf is hot-added
       
ACP Firmware


ACP Firmware is updated in one of the following two ways:
 

In the background

This occurs when the following condition is met:

Newer firmware for the ACP is placed in the /etc/acpp_fw directory.
Note: No other action is required - Data ONTAP polls this directory periodically.

When manually triggered

This occurs when the following conditions are met:

  • Newer firmware for the ACP is placed in the /etc/acpp_fw directory.
  • The following commands are issued:
    • priv set advanced
    • storage download acp
    • priv set

For complete information on all the firmware updates, see the Upgrade Guide for the version of Data ONTAP being used.

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