Upgrading to DELLEMC Unisphere Central for SC Series
To prepare for rolling out SCOS 7.3 (see my blog post SC Series SCOS 7.3 for more information on this version) we upgraded our Dell Storage Manager Data Collector and DELL Storage Manager Client to 18.104.22.168. I am happy to report that went flawlessly. This means we are ready to work with CoPilot and will upgrade our SANs over the next week. That is always a phased roll out, to minimize risk.
Upgrading to 22.214.171.124 actually means we are upgrading to DELLEMC Unisphere Central for SC Series, which was announced as part of the SCOS 7.3 upgrade benefits.
The upgrade process itself is straight forward and isn’t different from what we are used to. First you upgrade the Storage Manager Data Collector and then the Storage Manager Client. If you have a remote Storage Manager Data Collector you must then upgrade that one as well.
Make sure you have successful backup and create a checkpoint before you start the upgrade. That way you also have an easy exit plan when things go south.
Upgrading the Storage Manager Data Collector & Client
This needs to be done first. It can take a while so be patient. Run the Storage Manager Data Collector 126.96.36.199.exe with elevated permissions. It unpacks and asks you to select a language.
Click OK to continue and just follow the wizard.
It will ask you to confirm you want to upgrade.
Click yes and follow the wizard.
Click “Next” to kick of the upgrade and relax.
The wizard will provide you with plenty of feedback of what it is doing along the way.
The final step after the upgrade is to start the Data Collector service.
Starting the Data Collector service can take quite a while. Be patient. When it’s done the wizard will inform you of this.
Click “Finish” to close the installer.
On your desktop you’ll notice that you now have an icon called DELL EMC Unisphere Central. This indicates that the storage management for DELL EMC offerings are converging.
Do note that if you have a remote Storage Manager Data Collector you must now upgrade that one also, Do NOT forget to keep both deployments at the same software levels.
You are now ready to upgrade the Storage Manager Client. Run the installer with elevated permissions.
Just follow the wizard, normally this goes really fast and that’s it. You can log into the new and see that the GUI is very familiar to anyone using already.
What is new is the look and feel of the DELLEMC Unisphere Central for SC Series. It’s not you father’s data collector any more.
We’ll talk about DELLEMC Unisphere Central for SC Series later when we have had a chance to work with it some more in real live.