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Obtaining firmware updates

Use the Chassis Management Module to update the chassis firmware.

The following chassis components have firmware that can be updated:
  • Chassis Management Module
  • Compute nodes
  • I/O modules

In addition, some of the optional hardware devices that you can order for the chassis have device drivers that you must install.

For example, Ethernet controllers are integrated on each compute node system board. The Ethernet controllers provide 1000 Mbps full-duplex capability only, which enables simultaneous transmission and reception of data to the external ports on the Ethernet switches. You do not have to set any jumpers or configure the controller for the compute node operating system. However, you must install a device driver in the compute node to enable the compute node operating system to address the Ethernet controller.

See the documentation that comes with your optional hardware devices for information about installing any required device drivers.

Before you install any new components in the Flex System Carrier-Grade chassis, update the Chassis Management Module firmware to the latest level available. See ../ for more information.

Using the Chassis Management Module

For more information about using the Chassis Management Module web interface to update the chassis firmware, see ../

You can use the Chassis Management Module command-line interface to update the chassis firmware. See ../ for more information.

Using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator

If a Lenovo XClarity Administrator is available, you can download, install, and manage firmware updates for managed endpoints, including chassis, compute nodes, and I/O modules. You can assign compliance policies to the managed endpoints to ensure that firmware on those endpoints remains compliant.
Firmware updates can be applied to the hardware only. You cannot update device drivers using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator.
For more information about using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator, see Lenovo XClarity Administrator information page.