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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 Blade Chassis Component Firmware Images

The Oracle ILOM CMM provides a centralized user interface for managing firmware updates for the following upgradable blade chassis components:

  • Storage blade servers

  • CPU blade servers

  • NEMs containing SPs

System administrators can choose to use the CMM web interface or the CLI to view chassis component firmware versions or initiate chassis component firmware updates.

The following procedure explains the process for updating a chassis component firmware image using the web interface Firmware Update page and the CLI chassis component targets for loading the firmware update.

Before You Begin

  • Ensure that the initial firmware update requirements 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 completes, the system component will either reboot or power off.

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

  1. To start the firmware update process for a server SP or CMM image, perform one of the following Oracle ILOM interface procedures:
    Oracle ILOM Interface
    To start and run firmware update for blade chassis component (blades or NEMS) Procedure
    Web
    1. In the CMM web interface, click Firmware.

    2. In the table, click the radio button adjacent to the chassis component for which you want to upgrade the firmware, then click the Firmware Update option in the Actions list box.

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

    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 depending on the chassis component, Oracle ILOM either displays a button to start the firmware update process or displays a choice of configuration options for CPU blade server SPs.

      If you are updating the firmware for a CPU blade server SP proceed to step 4, otherwise proceed to step 5.

    4. (CPU blade update only) In the Firmware Verification page, enable the applicable options available for CPU blade servers:

      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 reaches 100%.

      If your system powers-off, refer to the documentation provided with your system for instructions about powering on the system component.

      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.

    CLI
    1. Navigate to the blade or NEM Firmware target, for example:

      cd /System/Firmware/Other_Firmware/Firmware_#

      Where Firmware_# is the number assigned to the specific blade server or NEM.

    2. To load the Oracle ILOM firmware image using the CLI, issue the load -source command followed by a path to locate the firmware image that 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 message appears prompting you to load the image.

    3. Type y to load the image file.

      Proceed to Step 4 for CPU blade firmware updates, otherwise proceed to Step 5 for storage blade or NEM firmware updates.

    4. (CPU blade update only) Type y to enable the applicable update options such as: preserve SP configuration, preserve x86 BIOS settings, or delay x86 BIOS update

      Note – Not all x86 server SPs support the option to preserve the BIOS configuration settings. If the x86 BIOS option is not presented, Oracle ILOM will automatically preserve the default BIOS settings.

      For further information about the preserve SP configuration, see Preserve Oracle ILOM Configuration .

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

      If your system powers-off, refer to the documentation provided with your system for instructions about powering on the system component.

      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 the Oracle ILOM CMM and click the System Information > Firmware to view the firmware version installed for each upgradable chassis component.


      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/Other_Firmware/Firmware_n

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