The Update Firmware task allows you to update system firmware (BIOS and Oracle ILOM SP) and hardware device firmware in the system. It is the second of a two-step process for updating the server—the first step is to perform the Get Updates task.
The Update Firmware task compares the firmware versions in the most recent platform software release download to the currently installed server system and device firmware. The task allows you to preview the changes, compare version numbers, manually select which components to update, or choose to update all firmware components. The best practice is to update all firmware components to the latest versions.
Note - Some firmware components require a server reboot immediately following a firmware update. If required, the server might automatically reboot when the update process for a particular component finishes.
The time it takes to perform an Oracle ILOM/SP update depends on the Local Host Interconnect setting in Oracle ILOM. The quickest method is the internal Host-to-ILOM interconnect that is used by Oracle System Assistant when the Local Host Interconnect setting in Oracle ILOM is configured as host managed (true), which is the default. If the Oracle ILOM Local Host Interconnect setting is not configured as host managed, a slower method is used by Oracle System Assistant for the update.
Use this procedure to update server firmware using Oracle System Assistant.
Before You Begin
Use the Get Updates task to download the most recent platform software release from Oracle before you update firmware.
The Update Firmware screen appears.
The Firmware Update Check progress box appears as the task polls the components and performs the firmware update check.
The Firmware Update Install Changes dialog appears.
You can also review the Component Name, Device Name, Firmware/BIOS Installed, and Firmware/BIOS Available.
Note - Components that are up-to-date cannot be selected.
The Oracle ILOM root account.
A user account assigned the Administrator role (which includes the aurco roles).
A user account customized with the aurco roles.
Note - A user account with only the admin (a) role will not provide enough privileges to perform the update from Oracle System Assistant.
Note - If the update process proceeds without prompting you to log in to Oracle ILOM, a different update method is used which can take longer to complete (up to 40 minutes).
The update firmware progress bar appears.
Caution - Data Corruption and loss of functionality. Do not interrupt the firmware update process. A server reboot might be required for the firmware updates to take effect; if so, the system reboots automatically.