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Upgrading firmware on C7000 and the blades in it

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Hello experts

I need to upgrade the firmware on my C7000 and the blades in it.  Which do I upgrade first?  I worry about losing connectivity to the blades and/or C7000 by upgrading one before the other.

Are there any other things I need to know about doing the upgrade as well?  Our senior engineers have dropped this on me, so I'm completely new to doing this.

Appreciate the help.  Thanks.
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First check out the firmware compatibility matrix:

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/blades/components/c-class-compmatrix.html 

If you update the OA firmware first, before the iLOs or I/O modules are at a compatible fw level, the OA will display warnings and may lose communication with the respective component if the difference is too great.

You can use the Firmware Deployment Tool:
FDT Download

Be sure to fully read the instrucitons.

Two caveats:

*You should be aware that the FDT will reboot the blades as needed.
*You may need to do a OA update first before running the FDT. Flashing the OA before doing the blades iLO & System BIOS can cause red flags/warnings to appear on blades.

If the blades are in production and you need to selectively update, then update manually in the following order:

1. System BIOS
2. iLO
3. OA

Only the OA update is not disruptive; the others require a roboot. There are online flashes for iLO & BIOS depending on your OS, but each blade will stilll need to be rebooted for the updates to take effect.
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by:Ray Drummond
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Thanks for the reply.  I'm going back to my senior engineers and ask them how they'd like to proceed.  I'll post back when I know that.
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Ok, so what you gave me is putting a big dent in the senior engineer's process.  He's trying to work with our manager on getting this done.  So,  I'm just going to assign points and update as needed in case I need some more help.

Thanks for your time.
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