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[HP DL 380 G3]: Updating the HDD and Array controller firmware ?

Posted on 2011-03-21
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Hi All,

I'm about to perform the firmware update on both components HDD and its Array controller.

Controller firmware:  http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=329290&prodSeriesId=374791&prodNameId=266591&swEnvOID=1005&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-d87d2adda05644759b52957753

HDD firmware:  

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=329290&prodSeriesId=374791&swItem=MTX-b40ec573bdc64df0a805fb95b9&mode=4&idx=1


Is it ok if I do this?

1.      Remove / unplug the hard drive from the HP DL 380 G3 server
2.      Upgrade the controller firmware
3.      Shutdown
4.      Plug the hard disk in again

What's the risk and how to mitigate it ?

Thanks.
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Are you updating the firmware in reponse to a defined problem or just to keep up-to-date?
From personal experience I would suggest only updating firmware to solve specific issues, otherwise I use the philosophy "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Your best preventative measure would be a full backup of the server. If it's a single disk and small, then even consider ghosting the entire disk.
You do not have to unplug the HDD's to run a RAID controller update, and you definitely HAVE to have them plugged in to do a HDD firmware update!
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Well it sends me random baterry error via HP sim ?
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The Battery-Backed Cache is there to save cached data in the event of sudden power loss to the server.
It should not affect your update operation.
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