Updating Firmware on ALOM based Sun servers

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Updating firmware is a routine system administration task and at times it helps if there is a quick reference to do it, in this blog we will see how to update an ALOM firmware on Sun systems.

Some of the ALOM based Sun servers are Sun Fire V125, V210, V240, V245, V250, V440, V445, Netra 210, 240, 440. We will see how to manually update the firmware on these systems.

In the below example, we will be updating to the latest ALOM firmware (version 1.6.9 which can be downloaded from the Sun website) on a Sun ALOM based hardware (an SF-V125 server used in the below example).

Step 1: telnet or ssh to the ALOM Management console (SC)

Step 2: Use the flashupdate command from the SC to fetch the firmware image from the server and update it.
(flashupdate -s <serverIP> -f <firmware_file_location_in_server> )

Step 3: After update is successful, use resetsc command to reset the SC, once the reset is complete, you can verify the latest firmware updated on the system by logging into the SC.

Example:

In the below example, IP address 192.168.1.1 corresponds to the server and the IP address 192.168.1.2 corresponds to the ALOM based SC.

(From the server 192.168.1.1)

bash-3.00# pwd
/firmware/ALOM-1.6.9
bash-3.00# ls
ALOM_1.6.9_fw_hw0.tar README alommainfw
Legal alombootfw copyright

bash-3.00# telnet 192.168.1.2
Trying 192.168.1.2...
Connected to 192.168.1.2.
Escape character is '^]'.

Copyright 2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.


Sun(tm) Advanced Lights Out Manager 1.6.8 (v125-sp)

Please login: admin
Please Enter password: *****


v125-sp> flashupdate -s 192.168.1.1 -f /firmware/ALOM-1.6.9/alommainfw
Username: root
Password: **********

................................................................
Update complete. Reset device to use new image.
v125-sp>
SC Alert: SC firmware was reloaded

v125-sp> resetsc
Are you sure you want to reset the SC [y/n]? y
User Requested SC Shutdown
v125-sp> Connection to 192.168.1.2 closed by foreign host.
bash-3.00# telnet 192.168.1.2
Trying 192.168.1.2...
Connected to 192.168.1.2.
Escape character is '^]'.

Copyright 2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.


Sun(tm) Advanced Lights Out Manager 1.6.9 (v125-sp)

Please login: admin
Please Enter password: *****


v125-sp>
)

Step 3: After update is successful, use resetsc command to reset the SC, once the reset is complete, you can verify the latest firmware updated on the system by logging into the SC.

Example:

In the below example, IP address 192.168.1.1 corresponds to the server and the IP address 192.168.1.2 corresponds to the ALOM based SC.

(From the server 192.168.1.1)

bash-3.00# pwd
/firmware/ALOM-1.6.9
bash-3.00# ls
ALOM_1.6.9_fw_hw0.tar README alommainfw
Legal alombootfw copyright

bash-3.00# telnet 192.168.1.2
Trying 192.168.1.2...
Connected to 192.168.1.2.
Escape character is '^]'.

Copyright 2008 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.


Sun(tm) Advanced Lights Out Manager 1.6.8 (v125-sp)

Please login: admin
Please Enter password: *****


v125-sp> flashupdate -s 192.168.1.1 -f /firmware/ALOM-1.6.9/alommainfw
Username: root
Password: **********

................................................................
Update complete. Reset device to use new image.
v125-sp>
SC Alert: SC firmware was reloaded

v125-sp> resetsc
Are you sure you want to reset the SC [y/n]? y
User Requested SC Shutdown
v125-sp> Connection to 192.168.1.2 closed by foreign host.
bash-3.00# telnet 192.168.1.2
Trying 192.168.1.2...
Connected to 192.168.1.2.
Escape character is '^]'.

Copyright 2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.


Sun(tm) Advanced Lights Out Manager 1.6.9 (v125-sp)

Please login: admin
Please Enter password: *****


v125-sp>
In future posts, we will see more useful information related to Sun systems/administration.

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