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Update the firmware

Several options are available to update the firmware for the server.

You can use the tools listed here to update the most current firmware for your server and the devices that are installed in the server.

Note
To install or update the driver of x86 WLAN module, see Install and update the driver for x86 WLAN module (Intel AX210).

Update Bundles (Service Packs)

Lenovo typically releases firmware in bundles called Update Bundles (Service Packs). To ensure that all of the firmware updates are compatible, you should update all firmware at the same time. If you are updating firmware for both the Lenovo XClarity Controller and UEFI, update the firmware for Lenovo XClarity Controller first.

Update method terminology

  • In-band update. The installation or update is performed using a tool or application within an operating system that is executing on the server’s core CPU.

  • Out-of-band update. The installation or update is performed by the Lenovo XClarity Controller collecting the update and then directing the update to the target subsystem or device. Out-of-band updates have no dependency on an operating system executing on the core CPU. However, most out-of-band operations do require the server to be in the S0 (Working) power state.

  • On-Target update. The installation or update is initiated from an installed operating system executing on the target server itself.

  • Off-Target update. The installation or update is initiated from a computing device interacting directly with the server’s Lenovo XClarity Controller.

  • Update Bundles (Service Packs). Update Bundles (Service Packs) are bundled updates designed and tested to provide the interdependent level of functionality, performance, and compatibility. Update Bundles (Service Packs) are server machine-type specific and are built (with firmware and device driver updates) to support specific Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) operating system distributions. Machine-type-specific firmware-only Update Bundles (Service Packs) are also available.

Firmware updating tools

See the following table to determine the best Lenovo tool to use for installing and setting up the firmware:
ToolUpdate Methods SupportedCore System Firmware UpdatesI/O Devices Firmware UpdatesDrive Firmware UpdatesGraphical user interfaceCommand line interfaceSupports Update Bundles (Service Packs)
Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager

(LXPM)

In-band2

On-Target

    
Lenovo XClarity Controller

(XCC)

In-band

4

Out-of-band

Off-Target

Selected I/O devices3 
Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI

(OneCLI)

In-band

Out-of-band

On-Target

Off-Target

All I/O devices3 
Lenovo XClarity Essentials UpdateXpress

(LXCE)

In-band

Out-of-band

On-Target

Off-Target

All I/O devices  
Lenovo XClarity Essentials Bootable Media Creator

(BoMC)

In-band

Out-of-band

Off-Target

All I/O devices 

(BoMC application)

(BoMC application)

Lenovo XClarity Administrator

(LXCA)

In-band1

Out-of-band2

Off-Target

All I/O devices  
Lenovo XClarity Integrator (LXCI) for VMware vCenter

Out-of-band

Off-Target

Selected I/O devices   
Lenovo XClarity Integrator (LXCI) for Microsoft Windows Admin Center

In-band

Out-of-band

On-Target

Off-Target

All I/O devices  
Lenovo XClarity Integrator (LXCI) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

In-band

On-Target

All I/O devices  
Note
  1. For I/O firmware updates.

  2. For BMC and UEFI firmware updates.

  3. Drive firmware update is only supported by the tools and methods below:

    • XCC Bare Metal Update (BMU): In-band, and requires system reboot.

    • Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI:

      • For drives supported by ThinkSystem V2 and V3 products (legacy drives): In-band, and does not require system reboot.

      • For drives supported only by ThinkSystem V3 products (new drives): Staging to XCC and complete the update with XCC BMU (In-band, and requires system reboot.).

  4. Bare Metal Update (BMU) only.

  • Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager

    From Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager, you can update the Lenovo XClarity Controller firmware, the UEFI firmware, and the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager software.

    Note
    By default, the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager Graphical User Interface is displayed when you start the server and press the key specified in the on-screen instructions. If you have changed that default to be the text-based system setup, you can bring up the Graphical User Interface from the text-based system setup interface.

    For additional information about using Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager to update firmware, see:

    Firmware Update section in the LXPM documentation compatible with your server at Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager portal page

  • Lenovo XClarity Controller

    If you need to install a specific update, you can use the Lenovo XClarity Controller interface for a specific server.
    Note
    • To perform an in-band update through Windows or Linux, the operating system driver must be installed and the Ethernet-over-USB (sometimes called LAN over USB) interface must be enabled.

      For additional information about configuring Ethernet over USB, see:

      Configuring Ethernet over USB section in the XCC documentation version compatible with your server at Lenovo XClarity Controller portal page

    • If you update firmware through the Lenovo XClarity Controller, make sure that you have downloaded and installed the latest device drivers for the operating system that is running on the server.

    For additional information about using Lenovo XClarity Controller to update firmware, see:

    Updating Server Firmware section in the XCC documentation compatible with your server at Lenovo XClarity Controller portal page

  • Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI

    Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI is a collection of command line applications that can be used to manage Lenovo servers. Its update application can be used to update firmware and device drivers for your servers. The update can be performed within the host operating system of the server (in-band) or remotely through the BMC of the server (out-of-band).

    For additional information about using Lenovo XClarity Essentials OneCLI to update firmware, see:

    Updating firmware through the Lenovo XClarity Essentials

  • Lenovo XClarity Essentials UpdateXpress

    Lenovo XClarity Essentials UpdateXpress provides most of OneCLI update functions through a graphical user interface (GUI). It can be used to acquire and deploy Update Bundles (Service Packs) update packages and individual updates. Update Bundles (Service Packs) contain firmware and device driver updates for Microsoft Windows and for Linux.

    You can obtain Lenovo XClarity Essentials UpdateXpress from the following location:

    Lenovo XClarity Essentials UpdateXpress website
  • Lenovo XClarity Essentials Bootable Media Creator

    You can use Lenovo XClarity Essentials Bootable Media Creator to create bootable media that is suitable for firmware updates, VPD updates, inventory and FFDC collection, advanced system configuration, FoD Keys management, secure erase, RAID configuration, and diagnostics on supported servers.

    You can obtain Lenovo XClarity Essentials BoMC from the following location:

    XClarity Essentials Bootable Media Creator website

  • Lenovo XClarity Administrator

    If you are managing multiple servers using the Lenovo XClarity Administrator, you can update firmware for all managed servers through that interface. Firmware management is simplified by assigning firmware-compliance policies to managed endpoints. When you create and assign a compliance policy to managed endpoints, Lenovo XClarity Administrator monitors changes to the inventory for those endpoints and flags any endpoints that are out of compliance.

    For additional information about using Lenovo XClarity Administrator to update firmware, see:

    Updating firmware through the Lenovo XClarity Administrator

  • Lenovo XClarity Integrator offerings

    Lenovo XClarity Integrator offerings can integrate management features of Lenovo XClarity Administrator and your server with software used in a certain deployment infrastructure, such as VMware vCenter, Microsoft Admin Center, or Microsoft System Center.

    For additional information about using Lenovo XClarity Integrator to update firmware, see:

    Lenovo XClarity Integrator online documentation