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Keeping firmware up-to-date

Troels Arvin
Occasional Contributor

Keeping firmware up-to-date

I'm used to administering Linux on Dell servers. With Dell servers, it's rather easy to keep firmware for the various server sub-systems up-to-date; a utility inspects the hardware and downloads packages with firmware newer than what's currently installed:

Can the same thing be done with ProLiant servers? - I.e. installing the latest firmware without having to boot on special media?

Re: Keeping firmware up-to-date

After a quick snoop at the ProLiant SmartStart pages -
I see something called "HP BladeSystem Online Firmware Bundle for Linux" -

Don't know if there's anything about it that would prevent it from working on a 'standard' (non-blade) server or not.

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Troels Arvin
Occasional Contributor

Re: Keeping firmware up-to-date

Thanks, but I wouldn't dare use it on a non-blade system.
Modris Bremze
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Re: Keeping firmware up-to-date

Gerardo Arceri
Trusted Contributor

Re: Keeping firmware up-to-date

What i do and it has given me excellent results is use the Online Update feature of the Firmware CD.
Basically what we do is

#mount -o loop,ro -t iso9660 /var/tmp/FW.iso /mnt/fw
#cd /mnt/fw/hp/swpackages
#./hpsum /romonly /silent

you can check the logs it leaves on /var/hp/log/localhost.

As i understand it,the only thing that will not get upgraded with this method is the firmware on HP branded HBAs (Qlogic/Emulex)

Hope it was helpful!