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Flashing OA Firmware using SPP and an SD card

 
chuckk281
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Flashing OA Firmware using SPP and an SD card

A question from a customer that Hadedh is looking to solve:

 

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I received the question below from a customer, and I need some help on it please:

 

Customer wants to upgrade the OA Firmware using the latest SPP which will be copied on a USB stick.

The issue is that SPP has a size of more than 4GB (4.69 GB). So USB must be formatted with NTFS (and not FAT32 …).

 

And as per the OA user guide:

 

Onboard Administrator supports USB keys formatted for FAT32 or EXT2 file systems. The maximum supported USB key size is 4GB.

 

 

Any suggestions please ?

 

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A suggestion from Chad:

 

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You can use EaseUS Partition Master to format the USB key directly in Windows to EXT2, no need for a Linux VM then use Ext2FSD to read/write to the key within Windows.

 

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And more suggestions from Karthik:

 

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  • HP’s USB Key Utility seems to be formatting the “USB” to a FAT32 file-system. This utility creates a bootable USB and also untar’s the ISO file into multiple  files + directories. Bootable USB key’s are used to directly plug into a Blade and not via the USB on the OA.
  • This results on individual files being smaller than 4gb and  hence can be flashed even though the single ISO file is larger than 4GB. 

 

  • However if you want to store the SPP’s ISO image directly on the USB drive. You will now have to format the drive to “ext2”. “ext2” is the only file-system that is supported on the OA that supports file size’s greater than 4GB.The technique I use to flash ext2 is as below
  • You may find a few ext2 formatting utilities that require a license.
  1. Vmware player.  For booting of the GPARTED live cd.
  2. Gparted live cd.  (http://gparted.org/ )  Used for formatting the actual USB drive.
  3. Ext2fsd (http://www.ext2fsd.com/ , http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd/ )   Windows drivers required for accessing and updating files onto the ext2 formatted USB.

This would be the technique when you want to present an ISO file as a whole to be mapped

 

  • You could also make a custom ISO to reduce the ISO file-size if you want to continue to use fat32.

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Other suggestions?