IBM QS20; Firmware Update
by Brendan Horan –May 23, 2010
Normally on the IBM blade stuff, you can update the F/W via the blade management page. Like I keep saying... the IBM chassis has no control over the QS20. So F/W needs to be updated via Linux.
The latest F/W is QA-06.14.0-0G. It can be found at IBM :- IBM e1350 cluster QS20 node firmware v8.03
Download the file "ibm_fw_bios_qs20.8.03_anyos_cell.zip" to the local blade.
Follow the following steps :-
# unzip ibm_fw_bios_qs20.8.03_anyos_cell.zip # mkdir /etc/microcode # cp QA-06.14.0-0G-boot_rom.bin /etc/microcode/ # update_flash -f /etc/microcode/QA-06.14.0-0G-boot_rom.bin
This should return with :-
info: Temporary side will be updated with a newer or identical image Projected Flash Update Results: Current T Image: QA061400D Current P Image: QA061400D New T Image: QA061400G New P Image: QA061400D Flash image ready...rebooting the system...
When the system has rebooted and all is ok, commit the new flash image to the primary flash bank. To commit the primary flash run :
# update_flash -c
This should return :
success: Committed temporary firmware image
Check to see if it's all good via the POST message.
Should look like this :
CellBlade1 starting. Check Boot ROM...OK, FW is [May 30 2007 08:45:30] Press "s" to enter Open Firmware. MEMORY Modules = Elpida 256MB, 3200 MHz XDRlibrary = v0.32, Bin A/C, RevB, DualDD Calibrate = | Scrubbing enabled. Done SYSTEM INFORMATION Processor = Cell BE(TM) DD3.1 I/O Bridge = SB 3.2 Timebase = 14318 kHz (external) SMP Size = 2 (4 threads) Boot-Date = 2010-05-23 01:58 Memory = 1024MB (BE0: 512MB, BE1: 512MB) OPENFIRMWARE SLOF Setup = Adapters: 5000 : 1095 680 Sil0680 SLOF Setup = Ready Build Ref = QA-06.14.0-0G@release Welcome to Open Firmware Licensed Internal Code - Property of IBM (c) Copyright IBM Corp. 2005, 2006 All Rights Reserved. Cell BE is a trademark of SONY Computer Entertainment Inc. Type 'boot' and press return to continue booting the system. Type 'reset-all' and press enter to reboot the system. 0>