This policy enables
you to specify a set of firmware versions that make up the host firmware
package (also known as the host firmware pack). The host firmware package
includes the following firmware for server and adapter endpoints:
To update local disk
firmware for blade or rack servers, always include the blade package in the
host firmware package. The blade package contains the local disk firmware for
both blade and rack servers.
You can include more
than one type of firmware in the same host firmware package. For example, a
host firmware package can include both BIOS firmware and storage controller
firmware or adapter firmware for two different models of adapters. However, you
can only have one firmware version with the same type, vendor, and model
number. The system recognizes which firmware version is required for an
endpoint and ignores all other firmware versions.
You can also exclude
firmware of specific components from a host firmware package either when
creating a new host firmware package or when modifying an existing host
firmware package. For example, if you do not want to upgrade RAID controller
firmware through the host firmware package, you can exclude RAID controller
firmware from the list of firmware package components.
Each host firmware
package is associated with one list of excluded components, which is common
across all firmware packages—Blade and Rack. To configure a separate exclusion
list for each type of firmware package, use separate host firmware packages.
The firmware package
is pushed to all servers associated with service profiles that include this
This policy ensures
that the host firmware is identical on all servers associated with service
profiles which use the same policy. Therefore, if you move the service profile
from one server to another, the firmware versions are maintained. Also, if you
change the firmware version for an endpoint in the firmware package, new
versions are applied to all the affected service profiles immediately, which
could cause server reboots.
You must include this
policy in a service profile, and that service profile must be associated with a
server for it to take effect.
This policy is not
dependent upon any other policies. However, you must ensure that the
appropriate firmware has been downloaded to the fabric interconnect. If the
firmware image is not available when
UCS Manager is associating a server with a service profile,
UCS Manager ignores the firmware upgrade and completes the association.