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HP plan to restrict access to ProLiant server firmware - consequences?

I've been a longtime advocate for HP ProLiant servers in my system environments. The platform has been the basis of my infrastructure designs across several industries for the past 12 years. The ...
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Firmware Best Practices and Update Schedules

Firmware receives very little attention when it comes to updates. Out of sight, out of mind. Many devices: RAID controllers, NICs, chipsets, and even hard drives, get some benefit from being ...
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ssd firmware, linux: updating large batch of drives

I was recently hit with a fatal firmware bug that affected dozens of Crucial SSDs deployed in my datacenter. Many of the affected machines use LSI or other proprietary SAS controllers, which Crucial's ...
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How to obtain Cisco IOS firmware?

Quick and simple question, but I've not been able to find an answer around. I have a Cisco ADSL router (model 877). I don't have any Cisco support contract. How can I obtain an updated firmware for ...
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Firmware update failures due to filesystem corruption on iLO3

I have a few dozen HP servers with iLO3 cards where the firmware update fails. When I try to update by uploading the .bin file via the web interface, I get a nondescript message saying "The last ...
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HP Color Laserjet issue

Since this site is a Q&A for system administrators and desktop support professionals I'd decided to post my question here. Not sure if this is the best stackexchange website for this. We have an ...
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What firmware to choose for ASUS WL-500GP v1

I've found several firmwares out there: OpenWRT, DD-WRT, Tomato and Oleg's. I'm wondering what is the best choice? Router is working in the home network (desktop through wires, laptop uses WiFi). ...
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HP 4TB SATA Midline in D2600 - what disk make is HP using & why WD RE4 don't work?

Does anyone know what make of disk HP are using in their 4TB SATA Midline & why WD RE4 don't work? So we use D2600 crates with HP 2TB disks, and just buy WD2003FYYS - pop them in old HP caddies. ...
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OSS Router firmwares

DD-WRT, Open WRT , Tomato or Third-party firmware projects ? What are the compelling reasons to choose between these? I used to be a great DD-WRT fan until I realized that the author was ...
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Easily patch Dell firmware without OS support?

On our HP servers, HP provides an image we can put on a USB key (or CD), boot from and patch the all the firmware in the system. On our Linux Dell servers there's a convenient yum repository we can ...
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Updating firmware on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen8 failed

I tried updating the firmware on my HP ProLiant 380e Gen8, but I received this error: What could be the reason? Could it be because of limited disk space in the /tmp directory? ~ # df -h ...
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How to update SSD Firmware on RAID Controllers

Got some servers with RAID Controllers and SSD. Raid Controller: LSI MegaRaid 9271-4i SSD: Intel 520 The MegaRaid controllers have the ability to update drive firmware using MegaCLI. Intel for ...
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Oracle automatic patch download

I need to update/patch the firmware of a lot of Sun/Oracle systems quite frequently. To do that I first need to download the latest firmware snapshot by hand from Oracle's saggy and unsophisticated ...
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Are there freezing issues with the Seagate Barracuda ST31500341AS anymore?

I found this hard drive on NewEgg: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM ...
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MD3000i SAN - live firmware upgrade

I have an MD3000i Dell SAN with dual controllers. Long story short - it managed to muck up some of its own readings on drives and Dell's support told me I could try to shake it loose with a firmware ...
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Dell Poweredge 2950 firmware upgrade bricked DRAC 5

We recently tried to upgrade the firmware on a DRAC 5 in a Poweredge 2950 with the latest "Update package for Red Hat Linux" as available here. This failed half way though with an error and ...
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How can I modify the Ubuntu Server install CD to add a hardware driver?

I found this link to modify an Ubuntu install CD. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallCDCustomization However, I want to put the Adaptec aic94xx RAID driver onto the disk so that my RAID ...
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Recommended 256 GB SSD for Linux servers

I need some relatively-affordable 256 GB SSD drives for a Linux application where fast seek performance (many IOPS) is more important than sequential throughput. The ratio of reads to writes is more ...
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Is it possible to update Supermicro ConnectX-3 Firmware with newer firmware from Mellanox?

I have a Supermicro server with a X9DRT-HIBFF motherboard installed. It has on-board Infiniband based on the ConnectX-3 chipset from Mellanox. Supermicro supply firmware version 2.10.0700 and ...
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Linksys WRT54G - Which firmware is best for sharing internet connections with several seperate offices?

I am looking into buying a Linksys WRT54G series to use as my router, DNS and Firewall. I would like to be able to share my internet connection with a couple of other small organisations too and have ...
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Adaptec 2420SA RAID 1 rebuild 66% after 1 week

We're running a 500GB RAID 1 on an Adaptec 2420SA - 2x500GB Hitachi Drives. It suddenly crashed and required a rebuild -- was not even booting. It's only at 66% after about a week. Very frustrated. ...
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Creating a bootable PXE image from a dos utility firmware updater

I was wondering if it was possible to make a PXE bootable image from a dos utility firmware. For some specifics the firmware updater is usually to be installed on a USB stick. I have all the flat ...
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Update BIOS on Sun Fire X4150 server

I have some Sun Fire X4150 servers with a very old BIOS release (1ADQW015), which seems to have some compatibility problems with WMware ESX Server 3.5 and Windows 2008 R2 virtual machines; so I want ...
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HP Proliant Gen8 boot failure after bios upgrade and processor upgrade

We have a HP Proliant DL360P with one Intel Xeon e5-2650, and we was in need to use two Xeon e5-2670 V2, this server by default this G8 did not recognizes the v2 processor, so we found this procedure ...
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HP ProLiant firmware update policies/schedule/strategy

I'm looking for a few ideas on how to keep HP server firmware up-to-date. How do other administrators keep the firmware revisions in check? Do you upgrade on a regular basis? Do you only run updates ...
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.DLL error when installing firmware for Dell PE2900 PERC 5/i RAID

I'm installing a new RAID firmware version (2.5.0) for a Dell PE2900 which has a PERC 5/i RAID setup. When I run the installer, it gives the message "The procedure entry point RegDeleteKeyExA could ...
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Finding NIC firmware version

I need to find out the firmware version of the NIC(s) on on IBM Windows Server 2008 using CMD, Powershell or by any other means.I also should note that I can't reboot the server to go to bios or use ...
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LaserJet M1522nF firmware was corrupted during the update

I have a LaserJet M1522nF, and the problem when I working on is that it is freezing every time so I decide to update the firmware. During the updating the device was down because of electricity so I ...
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How to fix an aborted firmware upgrade on Cisco SLM2048

There is a Cisco SLM2048 switch and the last firmware upgrade aborted, now the switch doesn't work anymore. I can't access the switch. The only evidence is a blinking system LED. As the switch doesn't ...
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Updating OpenBoot PROM on Sun Fire v440

After i have updated ALOM firmware on Sun Fire v440, i decided to update OpenBoot PROM, but when i try to load the patch using boot disk /flash-update-SunFire440 i get: SILO Fatal Error: Multiple ...
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Dell Power Edge Diags and Firmware Updates from a WinPE environment

I am looking for a way to upgrade all firmware on Dell PE servers from within a WinPe environment. We are a reseller and I already have an environment set up to transfer ownership of the servers to ...
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uEFI Remote Mangement

Is there a sane method to set uEFI settings (for machines with no OS) from a remote machine? I've just spent hours for changing the boot order of a handful of machines. The extended boot up times for ...
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Is necessary to upgrade HP ProLiant server firmware before hardware upgrade?

I have a HP ProLiant server and I'm planning to expand the RAID capacity. I never upgrade the firmware of anything. Can I add the new disks without the firmwares upgrade or it is absolutely necessary ...
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Dell OpenManage says my firmware is too old?

My Dell OpenManage Server Administrator application has an alert and is telling me my firmware (and driver?) versions are not high enough. Should I be concerned / what issue might this cause? I ...
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Can I flash a PCI-E device's Firmware in a VM if the VM has exclusive IOMMU access?

I have a PCI-E Dell Perc 6/i RAID card that I'd like to flash with the latest firmware. Apparently I need either a Redhat / Centos OS or Windows in order to flash the firmware, but I have a ...
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ESXi 5.0 iSCSI Timeout increase to upgrade Equallogic Firmware

As I understand it one can upgrade the firmware on a Dell Equallogic server in about 15 seconds and it can be done whilst an ESXi host is connected and VMs are running but that the iSCSI timeout value ...
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bootable CD to upgrade firmware

We have a DL380 G6 and we want to put the latest BIOS firmware on a bootable CD-ROM. The bootable USB installer that HP provides works great, but we want a bootable CD-ROM instead, because we have ...
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Upgrade the firmware of SAS HDD on DL380 G5?

I have a DL380 G5 server with 146GB single-port HDD (DG146ABAB). The HP Storage Array P400 controller is saying that firmware should be upgraded on these drives. I am running VMware ESX 5.1 (no ...
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Why do network cards seem to work fine without firmware in Linux?

I have computers with Intel and Realtek Ethernet cards, and I keep forgetting to install the linux-firmware packages when I put Debian on them. I can see messages in syslog telling me that the ...
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HP Proliant ML350 G5 E200i Hard Disk get amber light after firmware Update

I have an HP ProLiant ML 350 G5 with E200i Controler running Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 It have four disks drives models DG072A9BB7 firmware HPD0, with two logical drives C: and D: booth with raid ...
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System Seller Firmware Update Policy IBM

I've heard that IBM expects from their sellers/partners to update machines before shipping to customers to the most recent firmware (uEFI/AMM/IMM/RSA etc.) releases. Can anyone comment on that one?
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HP Procurve Access Point thinks it is another model

I have two HP Procurve Wireless Access Point 420, model number J8130B. One of them works great, and the other isn't able to have its wireless configured. I have tried a factory reset of ...
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I flashed my DS4700 with a 7 series firmware, now my DS4300 cannot read the disks I moved to that location. Can I low-level format these disk to restore the DAC?

In preparation for adding a number of 1Tb SATA disks to our DS4700 I flashed the controller firmware from a 6 series (which only supports up to 2Tb logical drives) to a 7 series (which supports larger ...
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NIC firmware version on my DL380 G5

I am trying to figure out what is my current NIC firmware version. If I run the latest firmware upgrade from HP, I get the following: It doesn't tell me the current version. If I try to check it ...
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How to find out the exact IPMI unit you have for firmware upgrade?

I have a Supermicro IPMI and I read you can use dmidecode to determine which one it is. But all I get for the info is: Handle 0x0001, DMI type 1, 27 bytes System Information Manufacturer: ...
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Firmware and drivers upgrade for HP Smart Array E200i controller

What is the recommended way to upgrade firmware and drivers for HP Smart Array E200i controller on HP Proliant BL460c G1? Is it better to boot from a Maintenance CD or install directly from the OS?
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Is it possible to clone or extract hard drive firmware? [closed]

We have two identical (hardware) drives, each with different firmware. Would it be possible to clone or extract the firmware from one drive to the other? I've not come across any documentation that ...
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Debian Squeeze and RAID firmware after kernel update

I've installed Debian Squeeze on my server several days ago. During install process installer asked me to provide USB flash drive with firmware aic94xx-seq.fw (file disappeared likely due to ...
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is it possible to load a routers firmware into a vmware (or similar) virtual machine to test before loading it to the actual hardware?

I want to load some router firmware onto a virtual machine to run some testing/analysis without actually putting it on the router hardware. Is this possible and how would I go about doing it? Thanks ...
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Centralised configuration management for basic linksys routers?

Does anyone know if its possible to install a custom router firmware, such as dd-wrt and then use a central config management tool to push/pull changes? The setup here involves each office having ...