Oracle’s Sun Installation Assistant (SIA) is a tool for Oracle x86 servers and can perform a variety of tasks. You can use SIA to upgrade System BIOS and ILOM service processor firmware, as well as HBA firmware.
Caution - For all systems: Never power off the system during an upgrade.
On your Sun Blade server module, SIA can perform tasks using one of the following methods:
Locally, at the server using the SIA CD/DVD. Server modules do not have internal CD/DVD drives. You must boot SIA from a USB CD/DVD drive or a thumb drive that is directly connected to the server module’s USB dongle port. This method assumes you have set up a VGA console with keyboard and mouse as described in your Sun Blade server module installation documentation.
Remotely, using the remote console either through the chassis CMM or through the server module service processor. This method allows you to boot SIA from a virtual CD-ROM. Refer to your server’s service processor Lights Out Manager (Integrated LOM or Embedded LOM) documentation for information on the LOM remote console. (Note that there are multiple versions of LOM, so be sure to refer to the guide that matches your server’s installed version.)
The SIA program provides a graphical user interface that guides you through the process of the updating firmware.
Note - The procedure for updating your SAS host bus adapter firmware with SIA is equally applicable for x86 server blades with on-board LSI chips, x86 server blades with RAID 0/1 Expansion Module cards (LSI), and x86 server blades with RAID 5 Expansion Module cards (Adaptec).