This procedure describes how to load a firmware update by using the browser interface. The examples that follow the procedure provide command-line equivalents.
Consult your hardware documentation for instructions and information on upgrading your server firmware. See the Sun System Handbook documentation or the documentation that came with your server.
The firmware update must be copied to the N1 System Manager. See To Copy a Firmware Update for details.
Power off the managed server by using the browser interface or the command line before loading a firmware update on it. Sun Fire V20z, Sun Fire V40z, or ALOM (1.5)–based servers can remain powered on during firmware SP updates. The stop server command performs a graceful shutdown of the OS on the server, followed by a power off. Otherwise, you can force a power off using the stop server server force command or the stop group group force command.
Disable monitoring for the managed server. This action is required only if you want to avoid the fault notifications as you shut down the OS on the server to complete the firmware installation. See To Disable Monitoring for a Managed Server or a Managed Server Group in Sun N1 System Manager 1.3 Discovery and Administration Guide for details.
Firmware version 2.2 and above for the Sun Fire V20z servers do not support the PIC firmware upgrade. The upgrade of PIC firmware will fail, and the job step will show an error message similar to the following: “This operation is not supported on server. Refer to the log file for more information.”
Log in to the N1 System Manager.
Choose All Servers from the View Selector menu.
The Servers table appears.
Select the server or servers that you want to update.
A check mark appears.
Choose Load Firmware from the Actions menu.
The Load Firmware dialog box appears
Select the appropriate firmware from the Firmware menu.
To apply the firmware update to the listed target servers, click OK.
The dialog box closes.
Click the Jobs tab.
A Load Firmware job appears in the Jobs table.
Click the job ID.
The Job Details page appears. Job steps indicate progress and results. Review the information in the Results section of the Job Details page to determine which servers were successfully updated.
After successful completion, the firmware version number is updated with the actual version number that is reported by the hardware. If the reported version number does not match the original version number, a warning is logged.
Verify that the installation was successful.
N1-ok> show server server
The following example command shows you how to stop a server in preparation for installing a firmware update.
N1-ok> stop server server
The following example command shows you how to install a firmware update on a server by using the load command.
N1-ok> load server server1,server2 firmware v20z-bios.sp force true
By default, the firmware update's model and vendor settings must match every managed server that you select for installation; otherwise, the update fails. You can specify the force option to bypass this check. However, installing an incompatible firmware update on a server might render the server unusable.
The following example command shows you how to stop a server group in preparation for installing a firmware update.
N1-ok> stop group group
The following example command shows you how to install a firmware update on a server group by using the load command.
N1-ok> load group devgroup firmware bios.sp