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What is/are the quickest way(s) to view firmware version for HP Smart Array (preferably GUI version)? Should I look for it in Windows or it can be viewed via the iLO?

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If you have the HP Management Agents installed, the hpacucli utility, part of the Array Configuration Software will provide all of the controller information you need. For Windows 2003, download this package for command-line tool or this, for the GUI.

The ctrl all show config detail directive will output something like:

=> ctrl all show config detail

Smart Array P410i in Slot 0 (Embedded)
   Bus Interface: PCI           
   Slot: 0                      
   Serial Number: 50123456789ABCDE
   Cache Serial Number: PBCDF0BRHYI032
   RAID 6 (ADG) Status: Disabled
   Controller Status: OK        
   Chassis Slot:                
   Hardware Revision: Rev C     
   Firmware Version: 5.12       
   Rebuild Priority: High       
   Expand Priority: High        
   Surface Scan Delay: 15 secs  
   Queue Depth: Automatic       
   Monitor and Performance Delay: 60 min
   Elevator Sort: Enabled       
   Degraded Performance Optimization: Disabled
   Inconsistency Repair Policy: Disabled
   Wait for Cache Room: Disabled
   Surface Analysis Inconsistency Notification: Disabled
   Post Prompt Timeout: 0 secs
   Cache Board Present: True
   Cache Status: OK
   Accelerator Ratio: 25% Read / 75% Write
   Drive Write Cache: Enabled
   Total Cache Size: 1024 MB
   No-Battery Write Cache: Enabled
   Cache Backup Power Source: Capacitors
   Battery/Capacitor Count: 1
   Battery/Capacitor Status: OK
   SATA NCQ Supported: True

   Array: A
      Interface Type: SAS
      Unused Space: 0 MB
      Status: OK
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