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ibmfirmware

IBM Firmware Updates

Always, when downloading IBM firmware updates go to IBM fixcentral: http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

Bladecenter H - AMM

Download

Download the latest version of the AMM software from IBM. The firmware is linked to the bladecenter chassis. The exact version of your chassis can be obtained from the AMM, go to 'Monitors' → Hardware VPD → and in the top you can click 'Chassis'.

  • Product family: Bladecenter H Chassis
  • Type: xxxx
  • Model: xxx

Operating system: Operating System independent /none
And click 'Go' Then, refine results: Advanced Management Module And click 'Go'
Select the correct version, download and unpack.

Update

Inside the bladecenter H, go into M Control and select Firmware update. Click browse and select the file you've just downloaded and unpacked. Then click 'update and reboot'. After the update the AMM will reboot meaning you'll loose your connection with the AMM. Wait a few minutes and reconnect.

Power blade - JS23X

Download

Download the latest version of the firmware from IBM. The exact version of your blade can be obtained from the AMM, go to 'Monitors' → Hardware VPD → and click on the correct blade.

  • Product family: Bladecenter JS23
  • Type: xxxx
  • Model: xxx

Operating system: Operating System independent /none
And click 'Go'
Select the correct version, download and unpack.

Update

The best way to flash the blade firmware is from an operating system. Upload the unpacked image to the system and run the update command:

AIX:

/usr/lpp/diagnostics/bin/update_flash -f <path to the image (.img) file>

VIOS:

ldfware --file <path to the image (.img) file>

FC Adapter

The Fiber Channel adapters used from qlogic and the best way to find them is to go to the qlogic website directly. This is an overview of the most common adapters used by IBM:

http://driverdownloads.qlogic.com/QLogicDriverDownloads_UI/Product_detail.aspx?oemid=224


The best way to flash the Fibre Channel adapter is also by means of an operating system. That means, that if you need the Fibre Channel to access your boot LUNs you have a problem. In that case, download the “Standalone Diagnostics” CD from IBM and edit the ISO before you burn it. You'll have to add the qlogic driver to the standalone diagnostics CD, that is because the diag utility which is used expects the firmware to be in device cd0, which can't be changed. There are no restrictions as to what directory in which to store the image, but you'll have to burn the CD in ISO 9660 format.
If you have an operating system, you can use these steps to create an ISO from the firmware file:

cd /tmp
mkdir qlogic
Copy the firmware image from the download site to /tmp/qlogic
From /tmp type the following command to make an ISO image. [mkisofs -r -U -o qlogic.iso /tmp/qlogic]
You should see qlogic.iso file in /tmp.

Now you can burn the ISO file.

Update

To update the card you can use the utility diag, which can be started by issuing 'diag' as root from the command line. After starting the diag, navigate through the utility like this:

  • Task Selection
  • Microcode Tasks
  • Display Microcode Level
  • Select one of the FC ports devices with enter (fcs0 or fcs1) and press <F7> to commit

If the burned ISO is already in the CDROM drive you'll immediately receive a warning about that the previous image is not in the source, and an explanation that this is only necessary if you ever want to go back to an old version. Keep pressing <enter> to continue until you get a message to 'Please Stand By'. After a few minutes the cards are updated.

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ibmfirmware.txt · Last modified: 2013/04/20 14:55 by sjoerd