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Update Bios on BL460c blade in a c7000 enclosure

Digex
Regular Advisor

Update Bios on BL460c blade in a c7000 enclosure

I am trying to update my blades to the newest revision of the bios. SmartStart 8.0 does not have the bios it has the one before. How can I do this without a windows running on a blade or a smartstart cd? Can the OA do it?
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Igor Karasik
Honored Contributor

Re: Update Bios on BL460c blade in a c7000 enclosure

You can use last version of firmware maintenace CD
http://tinyurl.com/5hmos8

Or you can use HP BladeSystem Firmware Deployment Tool
http://tinyurl.com/5vbkhs
but this version does not contain newest BIOS as well.
Alex Morris
Occasional Advisor

Re: Update Bios on BL460c blade in a c7000 enclosure

You can create an XML script which tells the blade to load a virtual media image (you'll need a separate webserver to host the image file and XML file) and boot from it, and use the OA command HPONCFG to send the XML file to the blades of your choice.

If you unzip the BIOS download file, you'll see a selection of options, including floppy diskette. The floppy diskette image includes instructions for making the BIOS update run in unattended mode, perfect for use with a script such as I mentioned above. It requires a tiny amount of work; the default floppy diskette image runs in interactive mode.

I've updated all 16 BL465c blades in a c7000 enclosure before now, using that method.
Digex
Regular Advisor

Re: Update Bios on BL460c blade in a c7000 enclosure

FLoppy method? I see no text file showing the way to do create a floppy.
Alex Morris
Occasional Advisor

Re: Update Bios on BL460c blade in a c7000 enclosure

The text file is /in/ the image. Once you create a floppy diskette, you'll see the file in question.