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HP iLO firmware update

As part of my project, I got access to multiple “HP DL380 G7” & “HP DL580 G7″ servers in employer site which some had one connected NIC and some three but none of their “Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) port” were connected and used.

iLO” ports are generally would be used for “Out Of Band Management (OOBM)” on HP servers and it’s very useful feature to have access to; AFAIK other brands also have ports like this with other names like “DRAC” on Dell server or “Remote Supervisor Adapter (RSA)” on IBM servers.

As part of migration plan and design goal, I asked for resources (separate switch and new patch cords) needed in order to use these ports.

As I checked, unfortunately none of them were ever configured or updated after bought, so they had different old version (1.18 or 1.25 & 1.28).

I downloaded the latest HP iLO3 firmware for G7 servers and tried to update them; some updated easily but some get errors and after checking the download page info I saw one step needed ONLY if the installed firmware version is before 1.20.

Prerequisites: (source)

Customers running a version of iLO 3 previous to v1.20 must upgrade v1.20 before upgrading to this version. iLO 3 v1.20 may be obtained from the following FTP locations:

Linux: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1/sc-linux-fw-ilo/p1255562964/v64722
Windows: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1/sc-windows-fw-ilo/p901462262/v64721
Win64: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1/sc-windows-fw-ilo/p1728391553/v64720

As noted above in quote from HP, those old firmware must be updated to 1.20 first then updated to the latest version (It’s 1.70 [18 Feb 2014] by the time of writing this post).

And one more thing which I find interesting is that none of firmware should be renamed to something contain dot “.” in their name except for their file extension.

Like renaming “ilo3_170.bin” to “ilo_1.70_DLseries.bin” is not supported and will cause the upload page to halt until page reload.

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