Updating Firmware on ILOM based Sun servers

Monday, December 28, 2009

In this post, we will see the steps to update firmware on ILOM based Sun servers, some of the ILOM based Sun systems are Sun Fire X4100, X4100 M2, X4140, X4150, X4170, X4200, X4200 M2, X4600, X4600 M2, etc, a complete list of supported platforms can be found here.

In the below example, we will be updating to the latest ILOM firmware available for the X4100/X4200 servers (version 2.0.2.5 which can be downloaded here) on an X4200 server.

Step 1: Copy the firmware image (say firmware_image_file) to be updated on /tftpboot directory on the server

Step 2: ssh to the ILOM console (SP)

Step 3: load -source tftp://<ServerIP>/<firmware_image_file>

After firmware update, the SP will reboot, login to the SP to verify the firmware update.

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 ILOM based SP (X4200 in this example).

(From the server 192.168.1.1)

bash-3.00# pwd
/firmware/X4200firmware/v2.0.2.5
bash-3.00# ls -l
total 28688
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 14680064 Dec 28 07:52 ilom.X4100-2.0.2.5-r37165.ima

bash-3.00# cp ilom.X4100-2.0.2.5-r37165.ima /tftpboot/

bash-3.00# ls -l /tftpboot/ilom.X4100-2.0.2.5-r37165.ima
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 14680064 Dec 28 07:54 /tftpboot/ilom.X4100-2.0.2.5-r37165.ima

bash-3.00# ssh -l root 192.168.1.2
Password:

Sun(TM) Integrated Lights Out Manager

Version 2.0.2.1

Copyright 2007 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.

Warning: password is set to factory default.

-> version
SP firmware 2.0.2.1
SP firmware build number: 26075
SP firmware date: Wed Dec 26 05:28:55 EST 2007
SP filesystem version: 0.1.14

-> load -source tftp://192.168.1.1/ilom.X4100-2.0.2.5-r37165.ima

NOTE: A firmware upgrade will cause the server and ILOM to
be reset. It is recommended that a clean shutdown of
the server be done prior to the upgrade procedure.
An upgrade takes about 6 minutes to complete. ILOM
will enter a special mode to load new firmware. No
other tasks can be performed in ILOM until the
firmware upgrade is complete and ILOM is reset.

Are you sure you want to load the specified file (y/n)? y
Do you want to preserve the configuration (y/n)? y
...............................................................................................................
Preserving configuration. Please wait.
Done preserving configuration.


Firmware update is complete.
ILOM will now be restarted with the new firmware.

->
Broadcast message from root (pts/0) (Tue Dec 29 01:13:01 2009):

The system is going down for reboot NOW!
Connection to 192.168.1.2 closed by remote host.
Connection to 192.168.1.2 closed.

bash-3.00# ssh -l root 192.168.1.2
Password:

Sun(TM) Integrated Lights Out Manager

Version 2.0.2.5

Copyright 2007 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.

Warning: password is set to factory default.

-> version
SP firmware 2.0.2.5
SP firmware build number: 37165
SP firmware date: Fri Sep 19 23:35:10 EDT 2008
SP filesystem version: 0.1.14

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