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Identify and download the correct firmware file for your platform type. The upgrade fails if the selected firmware upgrade file does not match the platform type. 

The following table identifies the correct firmware files for an upgrade:

Platform TypeFirmware files
SBC 5000 Series
(5100, 5110, 5200, 5210)

Upgrade from 2.x to 3.x version:

  • bmc5X00_v3.xx.00-R000.rom
  • bmc5X00_v3.xx.00-R000.rom.md5sum

Upgrade from 3.x to 3.y version:

  • firmware-5XX0-V03.yy.00-R000.img
  • firmware-5XX0-V03.yy.00-R000.img.md5

 

SBC 5400

Upgrade from any version to latest version:

  • firmware-5400-V03.xx.00-R000.img
  • firmware-5400-V03.xx.00-R000.img.md5
SBC 7000 Series (Refer to Upgrading the BMC and BIOS Firmware for the procedure)

Upgrade from any version to latest version:

  • firmware-7x00-V03.xx.00-R000.img
  • firmware-7x00-V03.xx.00-R000.img.md5

Upgrade Paths 

There are two BMC firmware upgrade procedures based on the version from which you are upgrading. Each method requires a different file type as listed in the previous table. The SBC 5000 series supports both paths. The SBC 5400 supports only the upgrade method using the ".img" file.

  • BMC upgrade from 2.x to 3.x: Use the ".rom" file.
    For example: To upgrade from BMC 02.16.00 to 03.00.00, use the "bmc5X00_v3.0.0-R0.rom" file.

    Note

    The firmware upgrade to 3.x can only be done from version 02.16.00 or later. If the existing BMC version is older than 02.16.00, first upgrade to 02.16.00 using the standard method and then perform an upgrade to the 3.x version using  a ".rom" file.

  • BMC upgrade from 3.x to 3.y: Use the "Disc Image File".
    For example: To upgrade from BMC 03.00.00 to 03.11.00, use the "firmware-5XX0-V03.11.00-R000.img" file.

 

Note

Download the required BMC firmware version prior to continuing. Refer to Downloading Software from the Ribbon Support Portal for details.

Upgrading BMC Firmware from Version 2.x (SBC 5000 Series Only)

The following procedure describes how to upgrade the BMC firmware from 2.x to 3.x versions (02.16.00 to 03.00.00) using the ".rom" file.

  1. Log on to the SBC BMC using the following credentials:
    Username: root
    Password: superuser

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Login Screen

     
    The BMC Main screen is displayed. 

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Main Screen

  2. Click Remote Control. The Remote Control window is displayed. 

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Remote Control screen


  3. Click Power Control in the Options panel. The Power Control and Status window is displayed. 

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Power Control screen


  4. Choose Power Off Server - Orderly Shutdown option. 

    Note

    The BMC server must be shut down prior to performing a firmware upgrade.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 BMC Orderly Shutdown

     

  5. Click Perform Action to initiate the shutdown process.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 BMC Shutdown


  6. Click the Maintenance tab. The Maintenance window is displayed.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Maintenance Window


  7. Click Enter Update Mode. Confirm that you want to enter update mode when prompted.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Maintenance Window Confirmation Message


  8. Click OK to proceed. The BMC is now in Upgrade Mode.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Firmware Update window


  9. Browse and select the firmware file to upload. The firmware file to upgrade from 2.x to 3.x version should be a ".rom" file. For example: bmc5X00_v3.0.0-R0.rom file.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Firmware File


  10. Click Upload Firmware. The BMC validates the selected file.
    Once the verification is complete, a message is displayed stating the result of the verification.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Firmware Validation


  11. Click OK to proceed. The existing and the new BMC versions are displayed for validation.

    Note

    The BMC upgrade fails to upgrade if:

    • the selected version is same as the existing version.
    • the selected version is older than the existing version.
    • the selected firmware image is incorrect for the platform type.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Firmware Comparison


  12. Click Start Upgrade to initiate the upgrade process. Confirm that you want to upgrade when prompted.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Upgrade Confirmation message

     

    Warning

    Once the upgrade process starts, do not close the screen.

    • If the window is closed or connectivity is lost before the upgrade starts, re-login to BMC GUI and reboot the BMC. The BMC takes approximately 10 minutes to boot. Once the BMC boots up, re-login to the BMC GUI and restart the upgrade process from step 1.
    • If the window is closed or the connectivity is lost during the upgrade process, wait for 20 minutes for the upgrade process to complete and try to access the BMC again. If you fail to gain access, contact the Ribbon TAC team for assistance.


  13. Click OK to proceed. The BMC starts the firmware upgrade process.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Upgrade Process


    Once the upgrade process is complete, the BMC reboots and a message appears requesting you to open a new browser window to access the BMC GUI.

    Figure : BMC 2.16 Upgrade Process Complete

  14. Exit the browser. 
  15. Clear the browser cache.
  16. Open a new browsing window to access the BMC GUI again.
  17. Access the same BMC IP address to reach the BMC login window. In the new BMC version (03.00.00), the login window includes additional browser settings.

    Figure : BMC 3.0 New Login Window

  18. Log on to the SBC BMC using the following credentials:

    Username: root
    Password: superuser

    Figure : BMC 3.0 Main Screen

Upgrading BMC Firmware from Version 3.x 

The following procedure describes how to upgrade the BMC firmware from a 3.x version to a 3.y version (for example, from version 03.10.00 to version 03.11.00) using the Disc Image File.

  1. Log on to the SBC BMC using the following credentials:
    Username: root
    Password: superuser

    Figure : BMC Login Screen

    The BMC main screen is displayed.

    Figure : SBC BMC Main Screen

  2. Click Firmware Update.

    Figure : BMC Firmware Update option


    The Firmware Update screen is displayed.

    Figure : BMC Firware Update screen

  3. Click Browse, and from the Open dialog browse to and select a firmware-5XX0-V<release>.img firmware image. Refer to the table at the start of this page to make sure you have chosen the correct type of file for an upgrade. To determine the exact firmware version, refer to the release notes in SBC Release Information.

    The chosen file displays next to the Browse button.

    Figure : Selected Firmware file

  4. Click Upload.

    Note

    The firmware image is approximately 17MB for the SBC 5000 Series and 24MB for the SBC 5400 and takes few minutes to upload based on the network.

    Note

    The BMC fails to upgrade if:

    • the selected version is same as the existing version.
    • the selected version is older than the existing version.
    • the selected firmware image is incorrect for the platform type. For example, selecting a SBC 5400 firmware file for an upgrade on the SBC 5000 Series platform.


    The selected file is verified and the uploading process starts.

    Figure : Uploading Firmware file

  5. Once the file verification is complete, confirm that you want to continue with the upgraded by clicking Confirm in the Firmware Update window.

    Caution

    This is a service-affecting procedure and will power off the host side of the SBC.

    Figure : Firmware verification and confirmation window

    After you confirm, the BMC initiates an orderly shutdown of the host. If the process to shutdown the host fails, the upgrade fails. Take one of the following actions based on the current BMC version:

    • If the BMC version is less than 3.18-R000, reboot the BMC by issuing the "reboot" command from the BMC command line. After the BMC boots up, shut down the host manually before continuing with the upgrade.
    • If the BMC version is 3.18-R000 or greater, a reboot is not needed. Power off the host manually before continuing with the upgrade from step 2.

    Once upload starts, the actions performed are displayed in the same window along with the estimated time left to complete the process.

    Warning

    Once the upgrade process starts, do not close the screen.
    - If the window is closed or connectivity is lost before the upgrade starts, re-login to BMC GUI and restart the upgrade process from step1.
    - If the window is closed or the connectivity is lost during the upgrade process, wait for 20 minutes for the upgrade process to complete and try to access the BMC again. If you fail to gain access, contact the Ribbon TAC team for assistance.

    Figure : Firmware upload status


    Once the update process is complete, a completion message appears.

    Figure : Firmware Update Complete message

  6. Click OK to complete the process.The BMC automatically restarts at this point. 

  7. Close the existing browser window.

  8. Clear the browser cache and log on to the BMC GUI again. The updated BMC version is displayed on the BMC main screen.

Note

For HA configuration, refer to Upgrade Flows for guidance.