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How to install Server Firmware on non-nPartitionable Servers?

Installing Firmware for the systems running vPars must be done in a standalone (PA-RISC) or nPars (Integrity) mode. Once in standalone or nPars mode, the procedure for installing firmware on a system with vPars installed is the same as a system without vPars installed. Additional information is shown below. For information on specific firmware versions for your servers, see the HP-UX Virtual Partitions Ordering and Configuration Guide.

Non-nPartitionable Systems On the rp5470/L3000 and rp7400/N4000 servers, for firmware patches to take effect in a vPars environment, follow this procedure:


  • Shut down all the virtual partitions.
  • Reboot the server into standalone mode using the primary path. This consists of the following:
At the MON> prompt, type reboot
  • If needed, interrupt the boot sequence at the BCH>, and using the primary path, boot/stand/vmunix instead of/stand/vpmon.

For example:


BCH> bo pri
interact with IPL? y
.
.
.
ISL> hpux /stand/vmunix 


NOTE: The server must be in standalone mode for the patches to take effect, so do not skip this step.

  • Install the firmware patch as you would in a non-vPars environment. The firmware patch will reboot your server.
  • After the firmware installation has completed, you can boot the vPars Monitor and virtual partitions as you normally would.

For example, if you have not modified your AUTO file in the LIF area to boot the vPars Monitor and virtual partitions, boot the vPars Monitor (for example, ISL> hpux /stand/vpmon) and then the virtual partitions (for example, MON> vparload -auto).


  • Mid-range Servers Once in standalone or nPars mode, install the server firmware as you normally do.
  • Superdomes (PA-RISC and Integrity) Upgrading firmware on a Superdome must be performed by Hewlett-Packard qualified service personnel only. Contact your local HP Support Representative to schedule a convenient time for the firmware upgrade service.

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