On servers that have add-on options, HPE recommends checking for firmware upgrades for each installed option whenever an update to the System ROM or to another option is performed.This ensures that the system, as a whole, is running the latest updates for each component.top It is important to update the firmware (Also called - flashing the ROM) as part of regular server maintenance.In addition, checking for specific firmware updates in between regular updates helps to keep the server performing optimally.In Pro Liant servers, hard drives, Smart Array Controllers, Remote Insight Lights-Out Edition (RILOE), Remote Insight Lights-Out Edition II (RILOE II) and Integrated Lights-Out (i LO) options have firmware that can be updated.For the purposes of this document, it will be referred to collectively as - firmware.
When referring to the firmware on another piece of hardware configured in the server, it is called the Option ROM.The HPE Smart Update Manager (HPE SUM) utility enables the user to deploy software and firmware components from a single, easy-to-use graphical user interface.HPE SUM is delivered with HPE Service Pack for Pro Liant (SPP) and HPE Integrity firmware bundles.In addition, it is beneficial to check for firmware updates for any options that may have been in customer stock but are not deployed until later.This ensures that all server components are running the latest firmware versions.The ROM Update Utility is located on the Firmware Maintenance CD, or can be downloaded to a USB Drive Key using the HPE Drive Key Boot Utility.The Online ROM Flash is an innovative technology developed by HPE that allows the firmware to be upgraded either locally or remotely via a downloadable file called a Smart Component.There are a few custom ROMs which have an OTA feature:.Lineage OS, Dirty Unicorns, Resurrection Remix, and AOSP-Extended just to name a few. When referring to the firmware on the system board of the server, it is called the System ROM or the BIOS. Firmware is responsible for the behavior of the system when it is first switched on and for passing control of the server to the operating system.A user can install the HPE System Management Homepage (SMH) as a part of the complete Service Pack for Pro Liant (SPP), or they can install the HPE SMH component individually.Click here to access and view information on Installing HPE SMH Using HPE Smart Update Manager . The firmware is downloaded onto a floppy diskette and then the system is booted to the floppy drive.top The Offline ROM Flash, as its name implies, is performed when the server is taken down for regular maintenance.