31 December, 2013

Upgrade firmware in HP servers using HP Service Pack for ProLiant and Cobbler

I you have to upgrade the firmware (iLO, BIOS, Disk firmware, NIC firmware, ...) inside many HP servers and for this task it's useful to use HP Service Pack for ProLiant (HP SPP).

This iso file contains the firmware for all supported HP servers. The easiest way is to boot from the ISO file and upgrade the server where it is running. If you have many servers - it's better to use automated way using PXEboot + Cobbler + NFS.

I would like to share few steps how I did it in my environment.

Download the HP SPP and prepare the NFS:

Now install and configure Cobbler to boot the HP SPP using PXE:

Once the tftp, NFS, dhcp is ready you can try to "Boot from Network" one of the servers. If the networking is working fine you should at least get the IP form DHCP server and the main "Cobbler blue" menu.

You can see the full video recorded during "test" firmware upgrade below:
(some parts of the video are accelerated)

Enjoy :-)

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