Greetings internet morlocks! As the lab begins to be assembled, it’s time to do the first steps of caring for the new building blocks of the lab: the servers. I have gathered from eBay an HP DL385 g2 as well as a pair of HP DL365 G1′s. These are all AMD Opteron 22xx series servers. As is always a good practice when obtaining used equipment, put the hardware through it’s paces to test and make sure all is well.
The first step is to update the firmware. Not only will this help to make sure everything is current, it will also allow you to catch any initial hardware failings. The easiest way in my mind is to grab the vendor’s firmware update bootable ISO and let that sucker do it’s business. To that end, I head to support.hp.com and look for the latest Smart Update DVD iso. To my surprise, the latest for these models shows as May 2011 (Version 9.30). Clearly, this can’t be right. Upon further investigation, I discover that HP has changed it’s method for these bootable ISO updates.
Enter the HP Service Pack for Proliant. Not, in my mind, the most clear naming convention for a bootable firmware DVD iso. Regardless, point your internet windows to this to find the information, documents, and the download. It looks like they have essentially updated their linux live distribution and their Smart Update Manager application to version 5.0.
So even with the naming change, it still works well and I’m pleased with the results. HP has managed to continue to have an effective bootable firmware iso, and one which should work on their entire Proliant product line (blades, racks, and towers) as per their literature.