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** CRITICAL ** Online ROM Flash Component for Windows - HP ProLiant DL385 G2/DL385 G5 (A09) Servers

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Type: BIOS (Entitlement Required) - System ROM
Version: 2011.05.02(20 Jul 2011)
Operating System(s):
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32 | View all
File name: cp015238.exe (1.3 MB)
This component provides updated system firmware that can be installed directly on supported Operating Systems. Additionally, when used in conjunction with HP Smart Update Manager (HPSUM), this Smart Component allows the user to update firmware on remote servers from a central location. This remote deployment capability eliminates the need for the user to be physically present at the server in order to perform a firmware update.

Enhanced the System ROM flash update process to improve the reliability of System ROM updates and decrease the probability of unintended corruption of the flash part. Note: As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:

f10910f7119c4e6047036ab87fb6f005 cp015238.exe

Installation:

To update firmware from Windows operating system on target server: 

1.     Place the Smart Component in a temporary directory.
2.     From the same directory, run the Smart Component by double-clicking it.
3.     When the Smart Component dialog window displays, click the Install button to initiate the firmware upgrade.
4.     Reboot your system if you would like the update to take effect immediately.


To use HPSUM on the HP Smart Update Firmware DVD (version 9.00 and later) or the Service Pack for ProLiant 2011.07.0 (and later):  

1.      Place the Firmware DVD or Service Pack for ProLiant on a USB key using the HP USB Key Creator Utility.
2.      Place the firmware to be used for updating in the directory, /HPFWUPxxx/hp/swpackages on the USB key.
3.      Boot from the newly created USB key.
4.      Follow the on-screen directions to complete the firmware update.


End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HP requires users update to this version immediately.


Important:

Important Notes:

As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL385 G2/G5 System ROM - A09

Release Date:

05/02/2011

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

05/02/2011

Previous Revision:

07/11/2009

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Enhanced the System ROM flash update process to improve the reliability of System ROM updates and decrease the probability of unintended corruption of the flash part. Note: As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Problems Fixed:

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HP requires users update to this version immediately.


Important Notes:

As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None

Important Notes:

As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL385 G2/G5 System ROM - A09

Release Date:

05/02/2011

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

05/02/2011

Previous Revision:

07/11/2009

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Enhanced the System ROM flash update process to improve the reliability of System ROM updates and decrease the probability of unintended corruption of the flash part. Note: As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Problems Fixed:

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None
Version:2011.05.02 (20 Jul 2011)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HP requires users update to this version immediately.


Important Notes:

As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced the System ROM flash update process to improve the reliability of System ROM updates and decrease the probability of unintended corruption of the flash part. Note: As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375


Version:2009.07.11 (11 Sep 2009)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where a device installed in PCI-E slot 3 on the optional PCI-E Riser may be disabled when the user selects to disable Port 2 on the embedded network controller in the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Enhancements

Added support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Release 2.


Version:2009.04.15 (4 May 2009)
Fixes
Resolved an issue where the system may experience a hang or Windows Blue Screen when two PCI-X option cards are installed in the optional PCI-X riser. This issue is not seen when only one card is installed and is not seen with all option cards.

Version:2008.09.27 (B) (15 Apr 2009)
Fixes
Resolved an issue where uncorrectable memory errors or correctable threshold memory errors may not be logged to the correct DIMM(s).
Enhancements
Added a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option called Processor Core Disable. This option allows disabling one-half the cores on a physical processor. This feature may be useful for environments where all processor cores are not needed when using software which is licensed on a per core basis.

Added the DRAM Prefetch, Hardware Prefetch training on Software Prefetch, and Hardware Prefetch ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) options. These options are all enabled by default. With certain workloads, disabling these options may provide improved performance. Most workloads benefit from having these options enabled. In most cases, prefetching data will enhance performance because the prefetched data is often utilized. However, with a workload where the prefetched data is rarely if ever used, disabling prefetching may improve performance because the prefetch operations utilize bus bandwidth. It is recommended that users not disable these options unless they have performed application benchmarking to verify improved performance in their environment.

Added a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option called Memory Bus Speed with options of Auto and 533 MHz. Auto will run the memory at the maximum speed supported by the DIMM configuration. Selecting 533 MHz will force a maximum memory bus speed of 533 MHz even if the installed DIMM configuration could have run at 800 MHz. Running at a lower memory speed may reduce power consumption.


Version:2008.05.29 (29 Jul 2008)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where the System ROM could incorrectly report and log a correctable memory error threshold event.  This could result in the system reporting that a DIMM is degraded when a problem does not exist.

Resolved a rare issue which could prevent the system from transitioning to the optimal processor power state when the HP ProLiant Power Regulator option is configured for HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode. This issue was seen when running Microsoft's EMON utility, but may occur with using certain other utilities.

Enhancements

Added the Embedded VGA Control option in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).  When configured for Always Enabled, the server will always enable the embedded video controller as the primary video when an optional video card is installed in an expansion slot.  This allows the user to continue to use iLO 2 remote console through the embedded video controller when an optional video card is installed.  This feature requires that the operating system and video drivers support multiple video cards. Consult operating system and driver documentation for support details.  Configuring the Embedded VGA Control option to Auto-Detect provides the same behavior as with previous revisions of the System ROM in which the embedded video controller is disabled when an optional video card is installed in an expansion slot.

Added latest marketing names for optional devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2008.03.27 (8 Apr 2008)
Enhancements

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Added support for VMware ESX 3.5.0 U1 and ESX 3.0.2 U1 for systems using Third Generation AMD Opteron 2300-series Quad-Core Processors. This System ROM revision is not required to support VMware ESX 3.5.0 U1 and ESX 3.0.2 U1 for systems using AMD Opteron 2200-series Dual-Core Processors.


Version:2008.02.19 (4 Apr 2008)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where using the BIOS Serial Console feature with a remote terminal with more than 25 lines of display would result in text being corrupted on the 25th line of display of the terminal. This caused an issue when the terminal window was resized to greater than 25 rows of display data.

Enhancements

Added support for ProLiant G5 AMD Opteron servers. Do not downgrade ProLiant G5 AMD Opteron servers with a System ROM previous to this revision. Doing so may result in an inability for the server to boot.

Added support for Third Generation AMD Opteron 2300-series Quad-Core Processors.

Added Power Regulator HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode for ProLiant G5 AMD Opteron servers using Third Generation AMD Opteron 2300-series Quad-Core Processors. This feature allows the server to dynamically select the processor’s power state based on the processor workload without requiring operating system support. This allows power savings without affecting system performance. This feature is enabled by default. If the user wishes to utilize OS power management that is available with certain operating systems, the Power Regulator mode should be modified to OS Control Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Added ROM-Based Setup (RBSU) option for selecting Ultra Low Power Mode. When enabled, this feature allows the processor to transition to its lowest processor power state when the Power Regulator Mode is configured for HP Static Low Power Mode or HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode. If disabled, the processor is allowed to transition to its second lowest power state in these modes.

Added support for monitoring processor power states using Integrated Lights Out 2 (iLO2) or Insight Power Manager for ProLiant G5 AMD Opteron Servers utilizing Third Generation AMD Opteron 2300-series Quad-Core Processors. This feature requires an iLO Select Pack or iLO Advanced Pack license.

Added Power Regulator HP Static High Performance Mode. This feature is available with all supported processors and is configured in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This option configures the server to always run the processors in their maximum performance state and disables all processor power state management.

Added support for allowing a user to change the USB DriveKey boot sequence from the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). Currently, the system will always boot from an internal DriveKey when there are DriveKeys attached to both the internal and external USB ports.


Version:2007.11.18 (12 Feb 2008)
Enhancements

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Added a new ROM-Based Setup Advanced Option to enable or disable the processors low power halt state (AMD C1 Clock Ramping). With previous System ROM versions, this feature was always enabled and there was no method to disable it. When enabled, this feature significantly lowers power usage with negligible affects on performance. The RBSU option provides the customer an ability to remove any concerns that having this feature enabled may adversely affect performance. When using AMD Opteron 2200-series or 8200-series processors, disabling AMD C1 Clock Ramping can also prevent the timestamp counter (TSC) drift issue for those applications which access the TSC directly (see HP Customer Advisory for more details). TSC drift does NOT affect AMD Opteron 2300-series and 8300-series processors. HP recommends leaving this feature enabled unless using an application that accesses the TSC directly on systems utilizing the AMD Opteron 2200-series or 8200-series processors.

Added a new ROM-Based Setup (RBSU) option that allows preventing the Server Asset Tag from being erased when the user selects the Restore Default System Settings option from RBSU. Previously, and by default with this version of the System ROM, the customer-defined Server Asset Tag is erased whenever the default system configuration is restored. This new feature is useful for customers who use the Server Asset Tag for asset tracking and who do not want this data to be erased. This new option is in the Advanced Options menu and is referred to as Asset Tag Protection. By default, this option is Unlocked. Set this value to Locked if the user wishes to prevent the Server Asset Tag from being erased.


Version:2007.09.23 (29 Nov 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where the server may not boot when certain PCI express cards are installed. This issue is not intermittent and would be seen the first time the system is powered on after installing an affected PCI-express card. This issue was originally observed with a Quadrics PCI-express network controller.

Resolved an issue where disabling No-Execute mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) does not actually disable the feature. No-Execute mode is a processor-based security feature which is meant to prevent execution of virus software. The Windows operating system feature which utilizes No-Execute mode is called Data Execution Prevention (DEP). For certain non-virus applications, No-Execute mode will prevent execution because the processor incorrectly identifies the application as a virus. If a customer is running certain operating systems that support No-Execute mode and using rare applications which can be misidentified as a virus based on their execution properties, having No-Execute mode enabled may cause the customer's applications to not run. Updating to this new revision of the System ROM will allow the customer to disable No-Execute mode in RBSU. When this new System ROM is applied to the system, No-Execute mode will remain enabled. However, disabling this feature using RBSU is now possible.

Resolved an issue where a double character could be seen when using BIOS Serial Console.

Resolved an issue with booting Linux from large USB drive keys (4 GB or larger). This issue does not affect operation of the drive key after a USB-aware operating system has booted.

Increased USB storage timeouts to address an issue with iLO Virtual Media disconnecting due to heavy network traffic. This change would effect legacy USB emulation of iLO virtual USB devices, prior to OS drivers loading.

                  

Enhancements

Added preliminary support for Microsoft Windows 2008 (previously code-named Longhorn). While this support has been validated with beta versions of Microsoft Windows 2008, there are no known issues as of the time of this System ROM release. This support should be considered preliminary as the final versions of Microsoft Windows 2008 and its certification tests are not yet available.


Version:2007.04.07 (16 May 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where using the BIOS Serial Console Feature with a remote terminal with more than 25 lines of display would result in text being corrupted on the 25th line of display of the terminal. This caused an issue when the terminal window was resized to greater than 25 rows of display data.

Resolved various USB issues. This includes addressing an issue with Legacy USB boot support where the system would sometimes not detect a USB CD-ROM and fail to boot the media. Also correct an issue with USB One Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR) tape drive support.

Resolved an issue where an intermittent hang may occur when selecting Save User Defaults in the ROM-Based Setup Utility's (RBSU) User Default Options advanced menu item. If this hang occurs, the user's default configuration will not be saved and the system will continue to use the factory defaults as the default configuration. The system's current configuration will not be modified, but the configuration settings, which are used whenever the default configuration is restored, will be the factory defaults instead of the intended user defined defaults.

Resolved an issue in which the drivers for certain external video adapter cards will not load when using Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Enhancements

Added CPU Performance Setting option to the Advanced Options in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The choices are Optimized for Memory and Optimized for I/O. The default is Optimized for Memory. The user can select this option to optimize the processor configuration for their environment, whether it be memory intensive or I/O intensive. Since customer applications can vary in architecture, a user must have an understanding of how the application is designed before changing this setting from its default.

Added support for iSCSI capable NICs to be displayed in the ROM Based Setup Utility's (RBSU) Boot Controller Order Menu. This will allow users to select an iSCSI NIC as a bootable device.

Added a new Advanced ROM Based Setup Feature that allows the user to change the priority in which Option ROMs are loaded during POST for all PCI/PCI-e devices present in the system. Specifically, the "Load Embedded Devices First" option allows the embedded NICs to have their PXE option ROM executed first prior to any plug-in cards. Since there is a limited number of Option ROMs that can be loaded, this option might be beneficial for those customers that need to guarantee that the embedded PXE option ROM is loaded. The "Load Option Card Devices First" option is the default and forces the embedded NIC's PXE Option ROM to execute last. In certain PCI/PCI-e configurations, the PXE option ROM for embedded NICs will not be executed if loaded last due to a lack of available option ROM space.

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2007.01.08 (23 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue in which the processor temperature reported by the iLO2 Thermal Health Page could incorrectly indicate very high temperatures (in the range of 250 - 255 degrees Celsius) in extremely cold environments. The temperature sensors located inside the AMD Opteron 2000-series and 8000-series processors are not accurate at very low operating temperatures. They were designed for driving the thermal solution of the platform to deal with high temperature conditions and do not always reflect the processor's actual temperature. When the temperature sensors located in the processor report a negative temperature (due to being inaccurate) in a cold environment, the iLO2 Thermal Health Page does not interpret the negative reading correctly resulting in incorrect temperature reporting. In addition, it is possible that an incorrect thermal shutdown could result from these negative processor temperature sensor readings. This System ROM update resolves this issue by preventing the processor thermal sensors from ever reporting a negative value.

Enhancements


                                


Version:2006.12.03 (10 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where using the BIOS Serial Console feature with a remote terminal with more than 25 lines of display would result in text being corrupted on the 25th line of display of the terminal. This caused an issue when the terminal window was resized to greater than 25 rows of display data.

Resolved an issue where the embedded PXE ROM would fail to run during POST when certain configurations of expansion (plug-in) cards are installed. This prevented PXE boots from working with the embedded NIC.

Resolved an issue where the system would not correctly perform the "reboot to utilities" option when selected from the System Management Homepage. The system will now correctly boot to the System Maintenance Menu.

Resolved various USB issues. This includes addressing an issue with Legacy USB hot-plug support which could result in a system lock-up and a warmboot issue seen with SLES 64-bit Linux.

Enhancements

Modified processor initialization to enhance performance.

Added Save User Defaults option in ROM-Based Setup (RBSU). This Advanced Option allows the users to define their own default configuration settings. Whenever the default configuration settings are loaded, the default settings saved by the user will be used instead of the factory defaults. If the user wishes to restore the factory defaults, select the Erase User Defaults option in RBSU. Note that when restoring factory defaults, the system may not boot to the desired storage controller as the boot controller order will be modified to the default value.

Added support for installing multiple video adapters. Previously, only one video controller would function even if multiple were installed. When using Windows 2003, additional video adapters would receive a Yellow Bang in Device Manager.

Added support for 16 Standard Boot (IPL) devices. This feature will allow users to configure the IPL boot order from the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) for additional devices in the system. Note - Any system that currently has more than 8 IPL devices will have the Standard Boot Order (IPL) reset back to factory defaults after flashing the System ROM.

Added support for AMD Virtualization (AMD V). AMD V provides enhanced support for virtualization. This will be utilized by Virtual Machine Managers including Xen. This support is disabled by default and can be enabled using the ROM-Based Setup Utility. The previous Production System ROM did not officially support AMD V, but it was left enabled. This version of the ROM is the first one to officially support AMD-V and is required if utilizing Microsoft's future Virtual Machine Manager.


             

Version:2006.09.29(B) (10 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where certain systems built with specific flash parts may have failed to boot properly after a flash update to the 08/24/2006 System ROM. Affected systems would potentially hang after the flash update process.  Note that the flash update would complete successfully.  Removing AC power from the system (by removing the power cord) was required to correct the problem.  After removing AC power, the system functions properly until another flash update is performed.  Flash updates to this System ROM and newer versions will not be affected by this issue.

Removed support for legacy (non-USB) floppy drives such as the Slimline Ejectable Floppy drive (Option Kit 390164-B21).  Legacy floppy drives are no longer supported on the DL385 G2.  This version of the System ROM automatically disables support for legacy floppy drives.  USB floppy drives are still supported.


Version:2006.08.24(B) (10 Jan 2007)
Enhancements

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Initial release.


Type: BIOS (Entitlement Required) - System ROM
Version: 2011.05.02(20 Jul 2011)
Operating System(s):
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Essential Business
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Small Business
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64

Description

This component provides updated system firmware that can be installed directly on supported Operating Systems. Additionally, when used in conjunction with HP Smart Update Manager (HPSUM), this Smart Component allows the user to update firmware on remote servers from a central location. This remote deployment capability eliminates the need for the user to be physically present at the server in order to perform a firmware update.

Enhancements

Enhanced the System ROM flash update process to improve the reliability of System ROM updates and decrease the probability of unintended corruption of the flash part. Note: As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Installation Instructions

To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:

f10910f7119c4e6047036ab87fb6f005 cp015238.exe

Installation:

To update firmware from Windows operating system on target server: 

1.     Place the Smart Component in a temporary directory.
2.     From the same directory, run the Smart Component by double-clicking it.
3.     When the Smart Component dialog window displays, click the Install button to initiate the firmware upgrade.
4.     Reboot your system if you would like the update to take effect immediately.


To use HPSUM on the HP Smart Update Firmware DVD (version 9.00 and later) or the Service Pack for ProLiant 2011.07.0 (and later):  

1.      Place the Firmware DVD or Service Pack for ProLiant on a USB key using the HP USB Key Creator Utility.
2.      Place the firmware to be used for updating in the directory, /HPFWUPxxx/hp/swpackages on the USB key.
3.      Boot from the newly created USB key.
4.      Follow the on-screen directions to complete the firmware update.


Release Notes

End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HP requires users update to this version immediately.


Important:

Important Notes:

As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL385 G2/G5 System ROM - A09

Release Date:

05/02/2011

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

05/02/2011

Previous Revision:

07/11/2009

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Enhanced the System ROM flash update process to improve the reliability of System ROM updates and decrease the probability of unintended corruption of the flash part. Note: As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Problems Fixed:

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None

Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HP requires users update to this version immediately.


Important Notes:

As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None

Important

Important Notes:

As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL385 G2/G5 System ROM - A09

Release Date:

05/02/2011

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

05/02/2011

Previous Revision:

07/11/2009

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Enhanced the System ROM flash update process to improve the reliability of System ROM updates and decrease the probability of unintended corruption of the flash part. Note: As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Problems Fixed:

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None

Revision History

Version:2011.05.02 (20 Jul 2011)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HP requires users update to this version immediately.


Important Notes:

As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced the System ROM flash update process to improve the reliability of System ROM updates and decrease the probability of unintended corruption of the flash part. Note: As enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375


Version:2009.07.11 (11 Sep 2009)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where a device installed in PCI-E slot 3 on the optional PCI-E Riser may be disabled when the user selects to disable Port 2 on the embedded network controller in the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Enhancements

Added support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Release 2.


Version:2009.04.15 (4 May 2009)
Fixes
Resolved an issue where the system may experience a hang or Windows Blue Screen when two PCI-X option cards are installed in the optional PCI-X riser. This issue is not seen when only one card is installed and is not seen with all option cards.

Version:2008.09.27 (B) (15 Apr 2009)
Fixes
Resolved an issue where uncorrectable memory errors or correctable threshold memory errors may not be logged to the correct DIMM(s).
Enhancements
Added a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option called Processor Core Disable. This option allows disabling one-half the cores on a physical processor. This feature may be useful for environments where all processor cores are not needed when using software which is licensed on a per core basis.

Added the DRAM Prefetch, Hardware Prefetch training on Software Prefetch, and Hardware Prefetch ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) options. These options are all enabled by default. With certain workloads, disabling these options may provide improved performance. Most workloads benefit from having these options enabled. In most cases, prefetching data will enhance performance because the prefetched data is often utilized. However, with a workload where the prefetched data is rarely if ever used, disabling prefetching may improve performance because the prefetch operations utilize bus bandwidth. It is recommended that users not disable these options unless they have performed application benchmarking to verify improved performance in their environment.

Added a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option called Memory Bus Speed with options of Auto and 533 MHz. Auto will run the memory at the maximum speed supported by the DIMM configuration. Selecting 533 MHz will force a maximum memory bus speed of 533 MHz even if the installed DIMM configuration could have run at 800 MHz. Running at a lower memory speed may reduce power consumption.


Version:2008.05.29 (29 Jul 2008)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where the System ROM could incorrectly report and log a correctable memory error threshold event.  This could result in the system reporting that a DIMM is degraded when a problem does not exist.

Resolved a rare issue which could prevent the system from transitioning to the optimal processor power state when the HP ProLiant Power Regulator option is configured for HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode. This issue was seen when running Microsoft's EMON utility, but may occur with using certain other utilities.

Enhancements

Added the Embedded VGA Control option in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).  When configured for Always Enabled, the server will always enable the embedded video controller as the primary video when an optional video card is installed in an expansion slot.  This allows the user to continue to use iLO 2 remote console through the embedded video controller when an optional video card is installed.  This feature requires that the operating system and video drivers support multiple video cards. Consult operating system and driver documentation for support details.  Configuring the Embedded VGA Control option to Auto-Detect provides the same behavior as with previous revisions of the System ROM in which the embedded video controller is disabled when an optional video card is installed in an expansion slot.

Added latest marketing names for optional devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2008.03.27 (8 Apr 2008)
Enhancements

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Added support for VMware ESX 3.5.0 U1 and ESX 3.0.2 U1 for systems using Third Generation AMD Opteron 2300-series Quad-Core Processors. This System ROM revision is not required to support VMware ESX 3.5.0 U1 and ESX 3.0.2 U1 for systems using AMD Opteron 2200-series Dual-Core Processors.


Version:2008.02.19 (4 Apr 2008)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where using the BIOS Serial Console feature with a remote terminal with more than 25 lines of display would result in text being corrupted on the 25th line of display of the terminal. This caused an issue when the terminal window was resized to greater than 25 rows of display data.

Enhancements

Added support for ProLiant G5 AMD Opteron servers. Do not downgrade ProLiant G5 AMD Opteron servers with a System ROM previous to this revision. Doing so may result in an inability for the server to boot.

Added support for Third Generation AMD Opteron 2300-series Quad-Core Processors.

Added Power Regulator HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode for ProLiant G5 AMD Opteron servers using Third Generation AMD Opteron 2300-series Quad-Core Processors. This feature allows the server to dynamically select the processor’s power state based on the processor workload without requiring operating system support. This allows power savings without affecting system performance. This feature is enabled by default. If the user wishes to utilize OS power management that is available with certain operating systems, the Power Regulator mode should be modified to OS Control Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Added ROM-Based Setup (RBSU) option for selecting Ultra Low Power Mode. When enabled, this feature allows the processor to transition to its lowest processor power state when the Power Regulator Mode is configured for HP Static Low Power Mode or HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode. If disabled, the processor is allowed to transition to its second lowest power state in these modes.

Added support for monitoring processor power states using Integrated Lights Out 2 (iLO2) or Insight Power Manager for ProLiant G5 AMD Opteron Servers utilizing Third Generation AMD Opteron 2300-series Quad-Core Processors. This feature requires an iLO Select Pack or iLO Advanced Pack license.

Added Power Regulator HP Static High Performance Mode. This feature is available with all supported processors and is configured in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This option configures the server to always run the processors in their maximum performance state and disables all processor power state management.

Added support for allowing a user to change the USB DriveKey boot sequence from the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). Currently, the system will always boot from an internal DriveKey when there are DriveKeys attached to both the internal and external USB ports.


Version:2007.11.18 (12 Feb 2008)
Enhancements

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Added a new ROM-Based Setup Advanced Option to enable or disable the processors low power halt state (AMD C1 Clock Ramping). With previous System ROM versions, this feature was always enabled and there was no method to disable it. When enabled, this feature significantly lowers power usage with negligible affects on performance. The RBSU option provides the customer an ability to remove any concerns that having this feature enabled may adversely affect performance. When using AMD Opteron 2200-series or 8200-series processors, disabling AMD C1 Clock Ramping can also prevent the timestamp counter (TSC) drift issue for those applications which access the TSC directly (see HP Customer Advisory for more details). TSC drift does NOT affect AMD Opteron 2300-series and 8300-series processors. HP recommends leaving this feature enabled unless using an application that accesses the TSC directly on systems utilizing the AMD Opteron 2200-series or 8200-series processors.

Added a new ROM-Based Setup (RBSU) option that allows preventing the Server Asset Tag from being erased when the user selects the Restore Default System Settings option from RBSU. Previously, and by default with this version of the System ROM, the customer-defined Server Asset Tag is erased whenever the default system configuration is restored. This new feature is useful for customers who use the Server Asset Tag for asset tracking and who do not want this data to be erased. This new option is in the Advanced Options menu and is referred to as Asset Tag Protection. By default, this option is Unlocked. Set this value to Locked if the user wishes to prevent the Server Asset Tag from being erased.


Version:2007.09.23 (29 Nov 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where the server may not boot when certain PCI express cards are installed. This issue is not intermittent and would be seen the first time the system is powered on after installing an affected PCI-express card. This issue was originally observed with a Quadrics PCI-express network controller.

Resolved an issue where disabling No-Execute mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) does not actually disable the feature. No-Execute mode is a processor-based security feature which is meant to prevent execution of virus software. The Windows operating system feature which utilizes No-Execute mode is called Data Execution Prevention (DEP). For certain non-virus applications, No-Execute mode will prevent execution because the processor incorrectly identifies the application as a virus. If a customer is running certain operating systems that support No-Execute mode and using rare applications which can be misidentified as a virus based on their execution properties, having No-Execute mode enabled may cause the customer's applications to not run. Updating to this new revision of the System ROM will allow the customer to disable No-Execute mode in RBSU. When this new System ROM is applied to the system, No-Execute mode will remain enabled. However, disabling this feature using RBSU is now possible.

Resolved an issue where a double character could be seen when using BIOS Serial Console.

Resolved an issue with booting Linux from large USB drive keys (4 GB or larger). This issue does not affect operation of the drive key after a USB-aware operating system has booted.

Increased USB storage timeouts to address an issue with iLO Virtual Media disconnecting due to heavy network traffic. This change would effect legacy USB emulation of iLO virtual USB devices, prior to OS drivers loading.

                  

Enhancements

Added preliminary support for Microsoft Windows 2008 (previously code-named Longhorn). While this support has been validated with beta versions of Microsoft Windows 2008, there are no known issues as of the time of this System ROM release. This support should be considered preliminary as the final versions of Microsoft Windows 2008 and its certification tests are not yet available.


Version:2007.04.07 (16 May 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where using the BIOS Serial Console Feature with a remote terminal with more than 25 lines of display would result in text being corrupted on the 25th line of display of the terminal. This caused an issue when the terminal window was resized to greater than 25 rows of display data.

Resolved various USB issues. This includes addressing an issue with Legacy USB boot support where the system would sometimes not detect a USB CD-ROM and fail to boot the media. Also correct an issue with USB One Button Disaster Recovery (OBDR) tape drive support.

Resolved an issue where an intermittent hang may occur when selecting Save User Defaults in the ROM-Based Setup Utility's (RBSU) User Default Options advanced menu item. If this hang occurs, the user's default configuration will not be saved and the system will continue to use the factory defaults as the default configuration. The system's current configuration will not be modified, but the configuration settings, which are used whenever the default configuration is restored, will be the factory defaults instead of the intended user defined defaults.

Resolved an issue in which the drivers for certain external video adapter cards will not load when using Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

Enhancements

Added CPU Performance Setting option to the Advanced Options in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The choices are Optimized for Memory and Optimized for I/O. The default is Optimized for Memory. The user can select this option to optimize the processor configuration for their environment, whether it be memory intensive or I/O intensive. Since customer applications can vary in architecture, a user must have an understanding of how the application is designed before changing this setting from its default.

Added support for iSCSI capable NICs to be displayed in the ROM Based Setup Utility's (RBSU) Boot Controller Order Menu. This will allow users to select an iSCSI NIC as a bootable device.

Added a new Advanced ROM Based Setup Feature that allows the user to change the priority in which Option ROMs are loaded during POST for all PCI/PCI-e devices present in the system. Specifically, the "Load Embedded Devices First" option allows the embedded NICs to have their PXE option ROM executed first prior to any plug-in cards. Since there is a limited number of Option ROMs that can be loaded, this option might be beneficial for those customers that need to guarantee that the embedded PXE option ROM is loaded. The "Load Option Card Devices First" option is the default and forces the embedded NIC's PXE Option ROM to execute last. In certain PCI/PCI-e configurations, the PXE option ROM for embedded NICs will not be executed if loaded last due to a lack of available option ROM space.

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2007.01.08 (23 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue in which the processor temperature reported by the iLO2 Thermal Health Page could incorrectly indicate very high temperatures (in the range of 250 - 255 degrees Celsius) in extremely cold environments. The temperature sensors located inside the AMD Opteron 2000-series and 8000-series processors are not accurate at very low operating temperatures. They were designed for driving the thermal solution of the platform to deal with high temperature conditions and do not always reflect the processor's actual temperature. When the temperature sensors located in the processor report a negative temperature (due to being inaccurate) in a cold environment, the iLO2 Thermal Health Page does not interpret the negative reading correctly resulting in incorrect temperature reporting. In addition, it is possible that an incorrect thermal shutdown could result from these negative processor temperature sensor readings. This System ROM update resolves this issue by preventing the processor thermal sensors from ever reporting a negative value.

Enhancements


                                


Version:2006.12.03 (10 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where using the BIOS Serial Console feature with a remote terminal with more than 25 lines of display would result in text being corrupted on the 25th line of display of the terminal. This caused an issue when the terminal window was resized to greater than 25 rows of display data.

Resolved an issue where the embedded PXE ROM would fail to run during POST when certain configurations of expansion (plug-in) cards are installed. This prevented PXE boots from working with the embedded NIC.

Resolved an issue where the system would not correctly perform the "reboot to utilities" option when selected from the System Management Homepage. The system will now correctly boot to the System Maintenance Menu.

Resolved various USB issues. This includes addressing an issue with Legacy USB hot-plug support which could result in a system lock-up and a warmboot issue seen with SLES 64-bit Linux.

Enhancements

Modified processor initialization to enhance performance.

Added Save User Defaults option in ROM-Based Setup (RBSU). This Advanced Option allows the users to define their own default configuration settings. Whenever the default configuration settings are loaded, the default settings saved by the user will be used instead of the factory defaults. If the user wishes to restore the factory defaults, select the Erase User Defaults option in RBSU. Note that when restoring factory defaults, the system may not boot to the desired storage controller as the boot controller order will be modified to the default value.

Added support for installing multiple video adapters. Previously, only one video controller would function even if multiple were installed. When using Windows 2003, additional video adapters would receive a Yellow Bang in Device Manager.

Added support for 16 Standard Boot (IPL) devices. This feature will allow users to configure the IPL boot order from the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) for additional devices in the system. Note - Any system that currently has more than 8 IPL devices will have the Standard Boot Order (IPL) reset back to factory defaults after flashing the System ROM.

Added support for AMD Virtualization (AMD V). AMD V provides enhanced support for virtualization. This will be utilized by Virtual Machine Managers including Xen. This support is disabled by default and can be enabled using the ROM-Based Setup Utility. The previous Production System ROM did not officially support AMD V, but it was left enabled. This version of the ROM is the first one to officially support AMD-V and is required if utilizing Microsoft's future Virtual Machine Manager.


             

Version:2006.09.29(B) (10 Jan 2007)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HPE recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Resolved an issue where certain systems built with specific flash parts may have failed to boot properly after a flash update to the 08/24/2006 System ROM. Affected systems would potentially hang after the flash update process.  Note that the flash update would complete successfully.  Removing AC power from the system (by removing the power cord) was required to correct the problem.  After removing AC power, the system functions properly until another flash update is performed.  Flash updates to this System ROM and newer versions will not be affected by this issue.

Removed support for legacy (non-USB) floppy drives such as the Slimline Ejectable Floppy drive (Option Kit 390164-B21).  Legacy floppy drives are no longer supported on the DL385 G2.  This version of the System ROM automatically disables support for legacy floppy drives.  USB floppy drives are still supported.


Version:2006.08.24(B) (10 Jan 2007)
Enhancements

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Initial release.


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