How to do the BIOS Update for Proliant ML350p G8 which boots from SD to ESXi 51 Update1


Product Numeber: 669045-425
Model: HP ML350p Gen8 E5-2609 2.4Ghz 4GB (1x4Gb) P420i/512MB FBWC 4x1Gb Nic Diskless SFF 1x460W EU Svr/Top Value

The Guest OS is Win Srv 2012 Essentials.

I'm not sure how to update the BIOS. Intelligent Provisioning doesn't suggest any updates. The BIOS is now P72 12/14/2012

It seems that HP has the newer BIOS for the Server.

Installation instructions seems to apply to a normal Win Server installation. Not for ESXi 5.1 solution. See below, I don't think it works.

1. Obtain a formatted USB Key media.

2. Download the SoftPaq to a directory on a system running Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and change to that directory.

3. From that drive and directory, execute the downloaded SoftPaq file: Simply double click on the SPxxxxx.exe file and follow the installation wizard to complete the SoftPaq installation process. At the end of a successful installation of the SoftPaq a web page will automatically appear to provide you with the different methods for restoring and/or upgrading the firmware on the system.

4. After the USB Key is created, you may delete the downloaded file if you wish.

5. Insert this USB Key into the USB Key port of the system to be updated and power the system on to boot to the USB Key.

How do I update the BIOS?

Thanks in advantage.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Once you have the USB flash drive, with the BIOS you need to update the server with, remove the existing ESXi 5.1 USB flash drive, replace with your BIOS Update flash drive, boot the server, update the flash, remove the USB stick, re-insert the ESXi 5.1 - done.
Miguel Angel Perez MuñozConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Simply following these instructions. You must to create a USB bootable media on any PC with windows, then use this created media to boot your server and this upgrade the firmware. You don´t need install anything on your server.
RimFire007Author Commented:

As Drashiel (and Hanccocka) says. By simply followin HPs own 5 step instructions I was able to made the bootable USB stick. When booting from that stick it asked me if I want to update the BIOS.


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