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Old 04-10-2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Exclamation BIOS Version Issue/Confusion

I want to upgrade my bios version as per 3par documentation provided on SPOCK.

As per SPOCK i have LPe1105 4gb so i need to have BIOS 3.11a5 and fw version 2.82xa (in the note they provided in Box driver version lists and i looked for that on the attachments as my driver version is

This is an SLES 10 SP4 server and HP Proliant BL685C G5

So is my BIOS Version really "A08" ?
As per "dmidecode" i see as A08 and my question what SPOCK bios list is same as what it displayed in dmidecode? or should i look at different place ? I cannot reboot the box as it is production server?

Any thoughts, really appreciate your response as it would be very helpful.

systool -c scsi_host -v|egrep 'modeldesc|lpfc_drvr_version|fwrev'
    fwrev               = "2.72A2 (Z3F2.72A2), sli-3"
    lpfc_drvr_version   = "Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel SCSI driver"
    modeldesc           = "HP BLc Emulex LPe1105-HP FC Mezz Option Kit"
dmidecode |more
# dmidecode 2.9
SMBIOS 2.4 present.
105 structures occupying 3184 bytes.
Table at 0x000EE000.

Handle 0x0000, DMI type 0, 24 bytes
BIOS Information
        Vendor: HP
        Version: A08
        Release Date: 05/02/2011
        Address: 0xF0000
        Runtime Size: 64 kB
        ROM Size: 4096 kB
Handle 0x0100, DMI type 1, 27 bytes
System Information
        Manufacturer: HP
        Product Name: ProLiant BL685c G5
Please suggest am i looking for the right info ? as i have weird doubt now is there anyother way i can look for HBA bios version ? Is that different from bios version which i see in the dmidecode output ?

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Old 04-10-2014, 07:10 PM   #2
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Unless there is some security issue, don't update bios. If the machine has been working fine and you aren't going to change anything then leave it.

As per your hp post, it may be two issues.

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Old 04-10-2014, 10:01 PM   #3
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We are migrating HP EVA to HP 3PAR storage on SuSe Linux host so for compatibility issues we are following the HP/3PAR recommended spock compatibility matrix.
In the attachment spock2 driver figure you can see LPe1105 needs to have driver version, firmware version 2.82x4 and bios 3.11a5. So we have to upgrade them as per recommendation.

I found driver version and firmware version but BIOS version on the host is displayed as A08 in the dmidecode command.

I am not sure whether i am looking for correctly or not? as i dont A08 is not really a version or i might be wrong ?
Am i looking at right place as i pasted sample outputs? I can't really reboot as there are production servers.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:29 PM   #5
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I have had this problem too. There are multiple BIOS (for several things, like ACPI) on a machine and determining which number applies is complicated.

I think the BIOS memory can be read from a running machine, and there is a tool to do it, but I cannot find it nor remember which right now. Finding the right line in the dump is not much better as there is more than one designation in there.

One thing I did was open the case and carefully read the label on the ROM.
This assume you can find it and get anywhere near it with eyeballs. My ROM was between the PCI slots and the back of the machine. Try a small plastic telescope and a bright light.


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