After Updating the IBM PureFlex CMM Firmware, my compute nodes showed up yellow on the chassis layout screen:

IBM PureFlex CMM Firmware Update

IBM PureFlex CMM Firmware Update

Various errors were logged in the CMM event viewer and within the FSM:

Flex System Manager (FSM) event log:

Node nodexx device Addin cards[05] VPD is not valid.Node nodexx device Storage back plane[01] VPD is not available.

CMM event log:

Node nodexx device Addin cards[05] VPD is not valid.Node nodexx device Storage back plane[01] VPD is not available.

As it turns out, this is a known issue from IBM: VPD Messages KB, CMM Firmware Update KB

The resolution appears to be to update the firmware on all of the compute notes. Which is easiest done from the FSM. So log into the FSM and click on Update Chassis Components

Updating IBM PureFlex Chassis Components Using the FSM Step 1

Updating IBM PureFlex Chassis Components Using the FSM Step 1

Click on Compute Nodes – Check and Update Firmware

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Next step after verifying your systems is to click on Check for Updates

Updating IBM PureFlex Chassis Components Using the FSM Step 3

Updating IBM PureFlex Chassis Components Using the FSM Step 3

Here you can select your blade firmware and complete the operation.

IBM, knowing that Power7+ still exists in a TON of Oracle shops, now tries to compete with Oracle Exadata. – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/15/ibm_pureapplication_puredata_updates/

All three branches of IBM Pure Systems

All three branches of IBM Pure Systems

Further expanding the IBM Flex System line (name appropriate), IBM now offers the PureApplication W1700 based on the PureSystems p460+ double-width blade. The PureApplication+PureData position I assume will be begin attacking the Oracle Exadata marketshare.

Utilizing PowerVM, logical partitions (LPARS) can be created on the PureApplication server to support the Data Warehousing application stack (formally Netezza).

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When I was on site in Rochester, MN at the IBM site; I was shown an very early version of a really cool tool. Flex System Manager Mobile!

Go to IBM’s website and grab it here! – http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/flex/fsm/mobile/index.html

Using the IBM Flex System Manager for Android, BlackBerry and iOS

The IBM Flex System Manager mobile access application is a simple, free tool for a mobile device with a Google Android™, RIM BlackBerry® or Apple® iOS operating system, which enables you to monitor your IBM Flex System™ and PureFlex System hardware remotely through the Flex System Manager.

This application gives you access to the following types of system information.

Health and Status

Monitor health problems and check the status of managed resources

Event Log

View the event history for chassis, compute nodes, and network devices

Chassis Map (hardware view)

Check the front and rear graphical hardware views for a chassis

Chassis List (components view)

View a list of the hardware components installed in a chassis

Inventory Management

See the Vital Product Data (VPD) for a managed resource (for example, serial number or IP address

Multiple Chassis Management

Manage multiple chassis and multiple management nodes from a single application with the IBM Flex System Manager

Authentication and Security

Manage connections across secure and persistent protocols such as SSL and secure persistent credentials on your mobile device