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ARRRG!!!!!!
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how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

I'm looking for a bootdisk type of upgrade of the Power Management Controller to version 3.4. the iLO is complaining so I need to upgrade it. However I have no OS installed on the blade and will probably not have an (windows) OS installed natively for its slated to be a virtual server. The only upgrade packages I see only run on Windows or Linux. So how do I upgrade the PMC?
thanks
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Johan Guldmyr
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Hi ARRRG!!!!!

Maybe you can try to run a live cd on it if you really don't want to install on OS on it.
Cederberg
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

how about the HP BladeSystem Firmware Deployment Tool? boot on the iso and update the firmware?

but maybe that doesn't cover the the PMC
Torsten.
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

I'm only aware of OS based update tools for this firmware. Make sure your iLO meets the requirements!

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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ARRRG!!!!!!
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Thanks all,

I tried a BART boot CD to boot into Windows but unfortunately it also requires the WMI service which is not running.

Where can I find this deployment tool? When I did a search on it all it brought up was some version control agent, again for Windows.

It doesn't make sense that you need an OS to update hardware. There's got to be a way to do it.

thanks
Pete
Johan Guldmyr
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

ARRRG!!!!!!
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Now that's what I'm talking about. Ok I'm giving this a try but it is in a never ending boot cycle. It starts to load up from the ISO for several minutes, then boots and repeats the entire process. What's going on?


thx
WFHC-WI
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

I like the username. lol

Anyway, the deployment utility doesn't seem to include the PMC firmware. It boots up, scans through the firmware packages included on disc for any applicable ones (only iLO or system ROM?) and applies them automatically before rebooting.

Naturally it will continue to do this as long as you have the disc (or virtual media) connected.
WFHC-WI
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

I spoke with 2nd level support who said (predictably) that they are working on an offline flash component for the PMC but as for right now the only method is online via one of the available software packages.


ARRRG!!!!!!! indeed...
WFHC-WI
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Wait... There IS a way! :)

I'm sure it was just a little too complex for HP 2nd level support to explain to a shrub like me. Anyway, here's how I fudged it to work:

Visit the drivers and firmware page for your model blade. Select a version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Find the Online Flash for Linux-Power Management Controller link and click "Obtain Software." Download the SCEXE file. For my example I used the RHEL4-x86 for a BL460c G1 found here:
http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1/doc/p2025081362/v49549/filehandler.html?path=/pub/softlib2/software1/sc-linux-fw/p874237925/v55050&files=CP011299.scexe&i=MTX-1fe26c477c354182972745f047

Boot the blade to the Firmware Maintenance CD, found here:
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=3709945&prodSeriesId=1842750&prodNameId=3288156&swEnvOID=1005&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-e3cc3c652e1046dc88f2ceecb8
Select Update Firmware after the CD boots and then choose to Add Supplemental. Add your SCEXE to a floppy or CD and use virtual media to connect it to the blade at this point. It should be able to locate the file and include it in the HP Smart Update Manager list for installation. Leave it checked and install... then away you go!

good luck... and don't forget to submit points to we helpers :)
Johan Guldmyr
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Sneaky :) Nice werk :p
ARRRG!!!!!!
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Great, I'll give that a try this week.

Yea I was a little frustrated trying to enter my forum name because when I typed in my real name and it said it was already in use. :-/ This was right after it assigned me a user ID of random numbers and letters which I'll never remember so I guess I'll be signing up again and again every time I want to submit a question :P

Thanks again for the help. I'm an old IBM guy new to HP so I'm still learning the hardware. It still baffles me that they require an OS to upgrade hardware LOL
Torsten.
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

I was trying with version 3.4B on maintenance CD (copied to thumb drive), but this was not working.
But AFAIK version 3.4C should work.

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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WFHC-WI
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Good information Adrian. I think that bundle is still reliant on your target hosts running Windows, but its good to see they've included it in the bundle now.
swingarm
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

To WFH-WI

I was following your instructions to the "T" but no matter if I use a USB key or a Floppy it never finds the file. Do I need to put it in a certain place on the media? Like under some specficically named directory/directories?

Michaelk NESS
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

New 1.60 "HP BladeSystem Firmware Deployment Tool" has the power firmware (CP011299.scexe) included !

ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1/cd/p1255591055/v53667/bbfirmware-1.60-0.zip.

It's working !
Michaelk NESS
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

(My old Forums user name-WW184804)

I am not sure,what version of PMC firmware
(3.4B or 3.4C) included in this cd.
Adrian Clint
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

It should have 3.4(c) see my earlier email that has the list of the components in the downloadable exe version of the iso
Michaelk NESS
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Hi,Adrian!

It seems to me that here there is some misunderstanding of a problem:

Your link-this is "HP BladeSystem Online Firmware Bundle for Windows"(.exe file),
but we have no operating system installed.

My link - this is .ISO file of Bootable CD with Firmware Deployment without operation system installed.
It that is required to us.

Best Regards
Adrian Clint
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Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Same Same.

The Online Firmware bundle and the ISO have the same firmware updates in each. The online one runs the Windows ones and the ISO runs the Linux ones.

I ran the ISO on a server friday and it updated the Power Firmware to 3.4
WFHC-WI
Honored Contributor

Re: how to upgrade PMC firmware without an OS

Hey swingarm,

Sorry for the delayed response but I don't believe you need to put the SCEXE in any subdirectory. In my example I simply placed it in the root of the floppy.

FWIW, I used the freeware program WinImage to create a virtual floppy disk with only the SCEXE file on it.

good luck