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 many servers and a CD is easier to duplicate.

The BIOS firmware we want to install is not available on the latest HP Firmware Maintenance CD.

I've been trying for a couple of hours now and wasted 6 CDs to no avail. Can anyone suggest a workable solution?

Many thanks! Toast

  • Disregard; I was wrong about the Firmware CD... – gWaldo Oct 1 '10 at 14:52

To create a bootable CD-ROM you need to prepare the disc. You will need to add Bootfiles to the disc. Here is a simple description of how to do this. You will even find a link there to download the correct bootimage. I did this 3-4 times yet and always used this short howto and the bootimage linked there. Your CD-ROM will appear as drive "A:" after booting. There also is a way to do this with some other images, which provide CD-ROM support, but I never did that, so I can´t tell you how good this works.

  • Cool. Where's the simple description? – ToastMan Oct 1 '10 at 14:59
  • "Here is" is a link ;-) – Diskilla Oct 1 '10 at 15:03
  • Doh! :) EDIT: Thanks mate, those instructions are just what I needed. – ToastMan Oct 1 '10 at 15:12

How about this:


(I selected Win2k8_R2 and went to the BIOS section)

  • that's interesting, I noticed that the first 2 items don't even need to run from a separate bootable media, you can just execute them directly from the OS, is this true? – ToastMan Oct 1 '10 at 15:01
  • @ToastMan Yes, that is what HP means by "Online" ROM Flash. – jscott Oct 1 '10 at 15:07
  • According to the Installation Instructions, that is true. (It's a Self-Extracting executable.) Just about every Proliant I've seen (Mostly 380's and 580s, some 360's and 760's, all from G1-G6) has had a redundant ROM. I assume the ones that update from the OS update the one that's not in use currently and switch to it on reboot... – gWaldo Oct 1 '10 at 15:08
  • ah! that makes a lot of sense. So I guess I don't even need a bootable CDROM, but it still pisses me off that I was unable to create one. – ToastMan Oct 1 '10 at 15:10
  • Put in a support case with them and request it. Just state that you'd like a disk iso for use with CDs or iLO – gWaldo Oct 1 '10 at 15:12

HP makes a firemware maintenance DVD to upgrade all firmware on newer servers, not just BIOS.

Here is the link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=18964&prodSeriesId=1844067&prodNameId=1844068&swEnvOID=181&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-3380ae888f86436aac54c149eb

Edit: Blah, read too fast. I'll leave the answer here anyways, in case someone else tries to search serverfault for the link.

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