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Server firmware

To view the firmware levels and apply firmware updates use the information in this topic.

Select the Server Firmware option under the Server Management tab to view the levels of firmware that are installed on the server and to apply firmware updates. The following illustration displays the server firmware levels and enables you to update the DSA, IMM2, and UEFI firmware.

server firmware option

The current status and versions of firmware for the IMM2, UEFI, and DSA are displayed, including the primary and backup versions. There are three categories for the firmware status:
  • Active: The firmware is active.
  • Inactive: The firmware is not active.
  • Pending: The firmware is waiting to become active.
Installing the wrong firmware update might cause the server to malfunction. Before you install a firmware or device-driver update, read any readme and change history files that are provided with the downloaded update. These files contain important information about the update and the procedure for installing the update, including any special procedure for updating from an early firmware or device-driver version to the latest version.
To update the firmware, select the Update Firmware... button. The Update Server Firmware window displays (as shown in the following illustration). You can click Cancel and return to the previous Server Firmware window or click on the Select File... button to select the firmware file that you want to use to flash the server firmware.
Before you click on the Select File... button, read the warning displayed in the window prompt before you continue.

update server firmware

When you click the Select File... button, the File Upload window displays, which allows you to browse to the desired file.

file upload window

After you navigate to the file that you want to select, click the Open button, you are returned to the Update Server Firmware window with the selected file displayed (as shown in the following illustration).

update server firmware

Click the Next > button to begin the upload and verify process on the selected file (as shown in the following illustration). A progress meter will be displayed as the file is being uploaded and verified.

upload and verify firmware file

A status window opens (as shown in the following illustration) so you can verify that the file you selected to update is the correct file. The window will have information regarding the type of firmware file that is to be updated, such as DSA, IMM2, or UEFI. If the information is correct, click the Next > button. If you want to redo any of the selections, click the < Back button.

successful upload window

When you click the Next > button, a set of additional options are displayed as shown in the following illustration.

additional options

The drop-down menu beside Action 1 (shown in the following illustration) gives you the choice to Update the primary bank (default action) or Update the backup bank.

update the primary bank

After you select an action, you are returned to the previous window to allow additional actions by clicking the Action 2 checkbox.

When the action is loaded, the selected action and a new Action 2 drop-down menu are displayed (as shown in the following illustration).
To disable an action, click the checkbox beside the related action.

additional options

The previous screen shows that for Action 1, the primary bank is selected to be updated. You can also select to update the backup bank under Action 2 (as shown in the previous window). Both the primary bank and the backup bank will be updated at the same time when you click Next >.
Action 1 must be different from Action 2.

A progress meter is displayed that shows the progress of the firmware update (as shown in the following illustration).

progress of firmware update

When the firmware update is completed successfully, the following window opens. Select the related operation according to the displayed content to complete the update process.

firmware update success

If the primary firmware update did not complete, the following window opens.

primary firmware update did not complete