Firmware

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Description

Firmware baseline

Firmware bundles like an HPE Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) enable you to systematically update firmware, drivers, utilities, and the hardware configuration for enclosures, enclosure groups, and interconnects.

An SPP contains firmware, drivers, and utilities delivered as a single PXE-bootable image. You can upload and install these firmware bundle updates in a repository to simplify maintaining baseline configurations across devices.

The choices for installing an SPP are:

  • Firmware and Operating System (OS) Drivers using Smart Update Tools —Updates the firmware and OS drivers without powering off the server hardware.

  • Firmware only using Smart Update Tools —Updates the firmware without powering off the server hardware.

  • Firmware only —Manages the firmware through HPE OneView. Selecting this option requires powering off.

For additional information, see Smart Update Tools.

Default value:

Managed manually. Not managed by HPE OneView.

NOTE:

If you select an HPE ProLiant Gen8 or newer model server and there is no firmware baseline installed on the appliance, a message is displayed with a link for adding a new firmware baseline.

To install an older firmware version than the version contained in the SPP, you must select the Force installation option to downgrade the firmware. You might want to install older firmware if the newer firmware is known to cause a problem in your environment, perhaps as noted in the Release Notes.

CAUTION:

Forcing a firmware downgrade might leave the server unstable.

The firmware is updated when you click create or edit to apply the server profile template.

When a firmware baseline associated with a server profile template is deleted from the firmware repository, an indicator is placed next to the firmware baseline attribute to note that the server profile template is in a degraded state. To resolve this issue, edit the server profile template and update the firmware baseline to a valid firmware baseline or choose the managed manually option.

For information about adding and managing firmware bundles on the appliance, see Firmware Bundles.

Installation Method

Displays the most recent installation method used by Smart Update Tools. This field does not display if you choose to manage the firmware manually.

Activate firmware

The type of firmware activation method for server profiles.

This field is displayed if you select Firmware and Operating System (OS) Drivers using Smart Update Tools or Firmware only using Smart Update Tools in the Installation Method field.

Immediately

Firmware activation starts when you finish configuring the firmware update.

At a scheduled date and time

Firmware update is scheduled for a specific date and time.

NOTE:

You cannot specify the date and time for scheduling from a server profile template. Create or edit a server profile template by selecting the At a scheduled date and time option, then specify the date and time for scheduling when creating a server profile from the server profile template.

SUT supports this functionality for Linux, Windows, and VMware ESXi systems. To schedule firmware updates, see Schedule firmware updates from a server profile.

Not scheduled

Scheduled firmware update is cancelled when you choose this option.