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Flashing 5030 and 5230 Appliance BIOS

The latest qualified NBU 5030 and 5230 appliance BIOS version 02.05.0004 is available in this tech note.
There may also become a need to re-flash the appliance BIOS in some cases such as:
Appliance BIOS corruption
Issues with BMC and/or IPMI firmware
This tool can also be used to update the serial number in cases where it can be missing or
incorrect after the chassis replacement, please see the Related Article linked below for more
details on this.
Instructions:
NOTE: This process should not be performed via the IPMI console as the BMC firmware is updated
during the flash. Connect directly to the Appliance via a monitor and keyboard ("crash cart").
Make notes or take screen shots of current BIOS settings before upgrade, as some settings may be
different in the new version to be installed
Download the file from this tech note
Extract contents to the root of a fat32 formatted USB flash drive (make sure these files are the
only ones on the USB device)
Plug USB flash drive into the back of the appliance
Reboot appliance and press F2, this will take you to the BIOS menu.
Then tab to ‘Boot Manager’ option and select ‘Internal EFI Shell’ and press Enter

Startup.nsh will attempt to autostart if it is at the root of the USB key. If the continue times out, if
you hit ESC, or if you placed the update files in a folder proceed with the steps below.

Type fs0: at the ‘Shell’ prompt (note fs0: is the device name given to the USB device)
cd into the folder where you placed the BIOS update files from the package.
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Run 'Startup.nsh' to start the main menu


Press Enter to start all updates immediately, the update will start automatically in 5 seconds.

Update starts by flashing the BMC firmware, if you are logged on via IPMI you will lose your
connection at this point.

Continues on next page

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It is normal to see the, "Forcing ME into recovery mode" message, rarely, the update may hang at this
point. If it stays here for more than 5 minutes, reboot and run the update again.

If you receive a prompt requesting chassis type like in the picture below, reboot to allow the new
firmware to take affect and run the update again

Select Number 3 Update both the SDR and the FRU.

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Answer “N” to the following questions

This will allow the update to complete

You may now remove the USB media from the appliance and reboot
Once you have rebooted hit F2 to enter the System BIOS setup after you have completed the
upgrade.:-

On the Advanced tab the BIOS settings the SAS/SATA Capable Controller must be
set to [INTEL (R) ESRT2 (LSI*)].

AHCI Capable SATA Controller should be set to [Disabled]

Also on the Advanced tab -> PCI configuration Select NIC configuration

Ensure that PXE 10GbE Option ROM is disabled. If not, disable it. PXE 1GbE Option ROM is
the only option that should be enabled.

On the Boot Options tab and set Boot Option #1 to [(SCU) Embedded RAI . . .]
Then on the Main tab set Quiet Boot to [Disabled]
F10 - Save and exit and the system will reboot showing all boot up messages rather than the
logo splash screen.

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You can verify the update in the IPMI Web interface, System Information screen, the following
should be displayed:

This warning “Checking whether BIOS firmware is compatible with the software ... [WARNING]”
may be safely ignored, the script checks for an equal to value, not greater than value.

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