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Posted on 2012-03-29
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We have a server IBM x3500 with raid 5 configuration and on windows server 2003 SP2. Now our question is how we can update the bios of the server with the same configuration and it will not affect any installation program from the server. What is the safe ways/operation even the server is running online, can we do on this issue..
Thanks and hope to solve this issue.
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You will need to reboot the server and boot from a disk that has the BIOS image burned on it.

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http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=MIGR-5086608

You cannot upgrade the server in an online mode.

BIOS upgrades do not affect installed applications, but does support the OS better.

A Backup is always advised in all cases.
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THE Above Mention server is a file Server which has 1.8 tb of Hdd on Raid 5 , and we have to update the Bios in order to Upgrade the Memory from 8GB to 32 gb .
Though we have Backup of the Server , but if anything goes wrong and i have to retrieve the backup it would take 1-2 days as the Data is very huge and 150 Users are connected  on it  which is my worry.
Simply i want to know if i update the bios and restart the server would ther be a Problem on My OS which is win 2003 and My Share drive .

Kindly Note My Server All Hdd is on Raid 5.

I would really Appreciate if Someone can Tell me the Safest Way to Update the Bios without Effecting the OS and The Data.
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I update the BIOS for Server all the time and have never come across any issues so far. Rest assured everything will be fine.

Once you download the ISO and burn it to the disk, boot from it and the upgrade will take no more than a couple of minutes.

Your RAID will not be affected. Neither the OS nor the DATA. Having a backup is always my suggestion.
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