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Oracle® ILOM Administrator's Guide for Configuration and Maintenance Firmware Release 3.2.x

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Updated: April 2018
 
 

Update the Server SP or CMM Firmware Image

System administrators can choose to start the firmware update process for upgradable devices from the web interface Actions panel, the Maintenance Firmware Upgrade page, or a CLI target.

The following procedure explains the firmware update process using the CLI and the web interface Maintenance page.

Before You Begin

  • Ensure that the initial requirements for updating the SP or CMM firmware image have been met. See Before You Begin the Firmware Update.

  • The firmware update process takes several minutes to complete. During this time, do not perform any other Oracle ILOM tasks. When the firmware update process complete, the system will either reboot or power-off.

To start the firmware update process and to verify that the update process has completed successfully, follow these steps:

  1. To start the firmware update process for a server SP or CMM image, perform the following steps using one of the Oracle ILOM interfaces:
    Oracle ILOM Interface
    To Start and Run Firmware Update for SP or CMM Procedure
    Web
    1. Click Maintenance > Firmware Upgrade.

    2. Click the button for Enter Firmware Upgrade Mode, then click OK in the upgrade confirmation dialog box to proceed.

      The Firmware Upgrade page displays the property for uploading the firmware image.

      Note – If the firmware image has not been downloaded from the Oracle product download web site, see these instructions to download the updated image:

      Oracle ILOM Firmware Versions and Download Methods in Oracle ILOM Feature Updates and Release Notes Firmware Release 3.2.x.

    3. In the Firmware Upgrade page, perform one the following actions:

      Click Browse to specify the firmware image to upload, then click the Upload button.

      - or -

      Input a URL to upload the firmware image, then click the Upload button.

      Oracle ILOM validates the firmware image and then displays options in the Firmware Verification page.

    4. In the Firmware Verification page, enable the applicable options:

      Preserve Configuration – Enable this option to save and restore the existing Oracle ILOM firmware settings after the firmware update is complete. For further details about this option, see Preserve Oracle ILOM Configuration .

      Preserve BIOS Configuration (x86 server SPs only) - Enable this option to save and restore existing BIOS configurations after the update process is complete. This option is not supported on all x86 servers. Therefore, if this option is not presented, Oracle ILOM restores the default BIOS settings after completing the upgrade process.

      Delay BIOS Upgrade (x86 server SPs only) – Enable this option to postpone the x86 BIOS upgrade until after the next time the system is power-cycled.

    5. Click Start to start the update process.

    6. Click OK to proceed through a series of prompts until the Update Status page appears.

    7. The system will either reboot or power-off when the Update Status indicates 100%.

      If your system powers off, refer to the documentation provided with your system for instructions on how to power on the system.

      Note -  (x86 server SPs only) If you the server has a pending BIOS upgrade, the power reset could take longer to complete. This is expected behavior, as it is necessary to power cycle the server to upgrade the BIOS firmware. If the upgrade includes an FPGA update, the process can take as long as 26 minutes to complete.

    CLI
    1. To load the Oracle ILOM firmware image using the CLI, issue the load -source command followed by the path to locate the firmware image you want to install.

      For example:

      load -source protocol://username:password@server_ip/<path_to_image>/<image.pkg>

      Where the protocol can be: http, https, ftp, tftp, sftp, scp

      A series of prompts appear.

    2. Type y to load the image file, then type y to enable the applicable options:

      Preserve Configuration – Enable this option to save and restore the existing Oracle ILOM firmware settings after the firmware update is complete. For further details about this option, see Preserve Oracle ILOM Configuration .

      Preserve BIOS Configuration (x86 server SPs only) - Enable this option to save and restore existing BIOS configurations after the update process is complete. This option is not supported on all x86 servers. Therefore, if this option is not presented, Oracle ILOM restores the default BIOS settings after completing the upgrade process.

      Delay BIOS Upgrade (x86 server SPs only) – Enable this option to postpone the x86 BIOS upgrade until after the next time the system is power-cycled.

      Note. All firmware update options presented for your server are enabled (y) by default when using a script (-script) to perform the firmware update.

    3. Oracle ILOM displays a status message when the firmware process is complete.The system will either reboot or power-off to apply the new firmware image.

      If the system powers off, refer to the documentation provided with your system for instructions on how to power on the system.

      Note -  (x86 server SPs only) If the server has a pending BIOS upgrade, the power reset could take longer to complete. This is expected behavior, as it is necessary to power cycle the server to upgrade the BIOS firmware. If the upgrade includes an FPGA update, the process can take as long as 26 minutes to complete.

  2. To verify that the updated firmware version is installed, perform one of the following:
    • Web:

      Log in to Oracle ILOM and click System Information > Firmware to view the firmware version installed.


      Note - The Oracle ILOM web interface might not refresh properly after a firmware update. If the Oracle ILOM web page is missing information or displays an error message, you might be viewing a cached version of the page from the previous version. Clear the browser cache and refresh the browser before continuing.
    • CLI:

      Type: show /System/Firmware

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