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Archived - About Xserve LOM Firmware Update 1.2

This update provides enhanced reliability to the monitoring and management features of the Xserve (Early 2008). It eliminates spurious voltage and fan speed warnings that may be reported by Server Monitor. You should apply this update to all Xserve (Early 2008) systems.

You can install the Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update 1.2 on only Xserve (Early 2008). The update installs version 1.1.2 of the LOM firmware. It requires Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later and EFI Boot ROM version XS21.006C.B06. To check your Boot ROM version, see the Hardware tab in System Profiler. If you have a different Boot ROM version, install the Xserve EFI Firmware Update 1.1 first. This update is available by choosing Software Update in the Apple () menu or from Apple Support Downloads.

The Lights-Out Management firmware update does not require a restart and should not impact Mac OS X Server services that are running. Current Server Monitor connections will be interrupted, but existing Lights-Out Management settings will be preserved.

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To update the firmware on your Xserve (Early 2008), follow one of the sets of steps below. You can print these instructions so that they are available while you update the firmware.

Important: Before proceeding with the update, you should write down your current Server Monitor lights-out management settings.

Updating the Lights-Out Management firmware using the graphic user interface (GUI)

You can perform these steps directly on the Xserve if you have a keyboard and monitor attached or remotely using Remote Desktop.

  1. Download the update using Software Update.  An application called Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update will download.
  2. Go to the /Applications/Server/ directory.
  3. Double-click Xserve Lights-Out Management Firmware Update.
  4. Click Update.
  5. Authenticate as an administrator.

It will take about two minutes to complete the flash and verification. Once complete, the updater will confirm the successful flash, display the current version, then quit. The Lights-Out Management processor in the Xserve will automatically reboot and should begin running the new firmware without any interruption to Mac OS X Server running on the host.

Updating the Lights-Out Management using the command-line interface (CLI)

You can perform these steps remotely from any Mac OS X computer.

  1. Use Terminal to connect (SSH) as an administrator to the Xserve (Early 2008) that you wish to update.
  2. After connecting via SSH, use the softwareupdate command-line tool to install the Xserve LOM Firmware Update. This installs the updater application in the /Application/Server/ directory, but it does not perform the firmware update itself.
  3. To update the firmware, run the updater with the following Terminal commands:
cd /Applications/Server/Xserve\ Lights-Out\ Management\ Firmware\ Update.app/Contents/Resources/
sudo ./LOMFlasherTool Xserve21_LOM_0112.bin

 

Note: Each command must be entered separately on a single line. The firmware updater will display instructions and status messages in English in the Terminal window. It will take about two minutes to complete the flash and verification. Once complete, the updater will confirm the successful flash, display the current version, then quit. The Lights-Out Management processor in the Xserve will automatically restart and should begin running the new firmware without any interruption to Mac OS X Server running on the host.

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