Kinda a newb VMware question; How to upgrade HP ML350 Gen9 Storage Controller FW under VMware 5.5?

As the title says, I'm having trouble updating the storage controller FW on a ML350 Gen9 under VMware 5.5. I've only ever done it under Windows and booting from the Service Pack for ProLiant doesn't perform the upgrade.
Dougj182Asked:
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All Possible SolutionsManaged Services ProviderCommented:
If its not part of the Proliant Service packs I wouldn't bother unless you are having a critical issue. http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/enterprise/servers/products/service_pack/spp/index.aspx

HP OneView or Insight Control looks to be what you really need to manage the host.

If you have no command line experience in linux I wouldn't suggest trying to manually install firmware because it isn't for the faint of heart. Just an example.

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2014/04/08/updating-lsi-firmware-esxi-commandline/
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Carlos IjalbaSenior SysadminCommented:
Usually VMware is updated very easily through the use of VMware Update Manager, but this plugin needs a windows machine to run, no good if you have a vCenter Appliance.

But you can install it on a windows PC and run it from there as a plugin to your VMware Client.

And then there is the way to upgrade manually by using VIBs (ESXi installation files), and it's usually used for OEM drivers, etc. It's not difficult, but the READMEs must be followed.

I coincide with Allposiblesolutions, don't upgrade unless you do get performance upgrades or stability fixes. So: read the FW changes, and upgrade manually if you need to.

Update Manager is very good to have in a ESXi environment, so I do suggest you to install it and learn how to use it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend, you download the HP Firmware DVD from HP, Insert the DVD into the Server, and boot the server from the DVD.

This does mean, you will need to find some scheduled downtime for the firmware upgrade.
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