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BIOS upgrade?

isecore
Occasional Visitor

BIOS upgrade?

I'm the admin of a HP ProLiant DL360 G6 and we need to upgrade the BIOS to the latest version. This is in order to upgrade the processors from the 1.6 Ghz dual-core Xeon included to two quad-core 2.5 Ghz Xeon processors.

This requires a BIOS upgrade and this has to be done remotely by myself. The ONLY way that I've found on this (HP) website is a Windows-only way. This is the link to that piece of software: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3884319&prodNameId=3884320&swEnvOID=4033&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-8e1564595adc483283596842a9

This is completely absurd as we run Linux (Debian 5 aka Lenny) and need a supported Linux-way of doing it. Are HP serious? Do we have to bring the machine down, spend hours installing a useless operating system simply to be able to upgrade the BIOS?

Any input would be appreciated.
4 REPLIES
Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: BIOS upgrade?

hi,

its supported if you download the file so on the Windows machine you can extract it with executtion or with 7-zip, you will get lot of method how to upgared it online or in offline mode.

use this file : "How to use.txt"

PS : i think the best method is to use ILO advanced pack futures to mount the iso.

mikap
Matti_Kurkela
Honored Contributor

Re: BIOS upgrade?

Yes, that's what you get if you specify Debian as your OS when searching for downloadables... but if you put in RHEL 4 instead, you get a Linux on-line BIOS upgrade:

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3884319&swItem=MTX-fb24ca60365b407ea43c59be86&prodNameId=3884320&swEnvOID=2025&swLang=13&taskId=135&mode=4&idx=1

Try it at your own risk, but I'd guess if it gets to the point where it displays the current BIOS version, the version in the upgrade file, and asks "Do you want to update (Y/N)?", I would expect it to work.

MK
MK
isecore
Occasional Visitor

Re: BIOS upgrade?

Well, I downloaded the file you supplied for RHEL systems, and ran it. Got the following cheery message:

"Online ROM Flash Engine Version: Linux-3.8.0-0
Name: Server System Firmware Update
Software Version: Unknown
The software is not supported for installation on this system."

Kind of a dead end.
Ivan Krastev
Honored Contributor

Re: BIOS upgrade?

Try to upgrade it via ILO. Create a CD image containing BIOS tools and mount it via ILO.
See info for creating image here - http://www.linuxinsight.com/how-to-flash-motherboard-bios-from-linux-no-dos-windows-no-floppy-drive.html

regards,
ivan