Updating the system firmware by using the pUpdate utility

Learn how to update the system firmware by using the pUpdate utility.

The system firmware is a combination of the BMC firmware and the PNOR firmware. To update the system firmware, update both the BMC firmware and the PNOR firmware by using the pUpdate utility. The pUpdate utility is available for download from the Fix Central website.
Note: If you are updating the BMC firmware because you cannot access the BMC, go to Resolving a BMC access problem.
To update firmware remotely over the LAN, use the LAN pUpdate option. To update firmware by using an in-band network, use the universal serial bus (USB) pUpdate option.
Note: For updates that use the USB pUpdate option, you must use the root user ID and password to log in to the host operating system. After you log in to the host operating system, ensure that the IPMI service is activated. For more information about activating the IPMI service, see OpenIPMI Driver.

To determine the pUpdate command to update the BMC firmware, use Table 1. To determine the pUpdate command to update the PNOR firmware, use Table 2.

Table 1. Determining the pUpdate command to update the BMC firmware
pUpdate options pUpdate command
LAN pUpdate -f xxx.bin -i lan -h yy.yy.yy.yy -u ADMIN -p ADMIN, where xxx.bin is the name of the BMC image file and yy.yy.yy.yy is the IP address of the BMC.
Note: If the BMC image file is not located in the same folder as the pUpdate utility, you must include the full path to the folder where the file resides.
USB pUpdate -f xxx.bin -i usb, where xxx.bin is the name of the BMC image file.
Note: If the BMC image file is not located in the same folder as the pUpdate utility, you must include the full path to the folder where the file resides.
Table 2. Determining the pUpdate command to update the PNOR firmware
pUpdate options pUpdate command
LAN pUpdate -pnor xxx.pnor -i lan -h yy.yy.yy.yy -u ADMIN -p ADMIN, where xxx.pnor is the name of the PNOR image file and yy.yy.yy.yy is the IP address of the BMC.
Note: If the PNOR image file is not located in the same folder as the pUpdate utility, you must include the full path to the folder where the file resides.
USB pUpdate -pnor xxx.pnor -i usb, where xxx.pnor is the name of the PNOR image file.
Note: If the PNOR image file is not located in the same folder as the pUpdate utility, you must include the full path to the folder where the file resides.



Last updated: Wed, September 13, 2017