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SPARC Mx-32, M7 and M8 Servers: Firmware FAQ (Doc ID 1542610.1)

Last updated on NOVEMBER 21, 2023

Applies to:

SPARC M6-32 - Version All Versions to All Versions [Release All Releases]
SPARC M5-32 - Version All Versions to All Versions [Release All Releases]
SPARC M7-8 - Version All Versions and later
SPARC M7-16 - Version All Versions and later
SPARC M8-8 - Version All Versions and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


The goal of this document is to answer questions about the support of the System Firmware running on the M5-32, M6-32, M7 and M8 servers service processors.

Questions and Answers

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In this Document
Questions and Answers
 What is the System Firmware (SysFW) ?
 SysFW / OBP / HC / GM / POST matrix
 How does the various versioning formats work ?
 What is the SysFW release plan ?
 How can I check the FW version running on the SP and Hosts ?
 Where can I find the SysFW images ?
 How many SysFW releases are supported at any point and what are they ?
 How are the security and integrity of the image guaranteed ?
 What is the correct procedure to upgrade SysFW ?
 Where are the images stored?
 How to upgrade the Standby SP and SPP / flashupdate process ?
 How to upgrade the firmware from the Host ?
 How to preserve the ILOM configuration ?
 Is it possible to upgrade/downgrade firmware while the Hosts are running Solaris ?
 What are the upgrade/downgrade path ?
 Is it possible to perform multiple upgrade/downgrade without restarting the Hosts ?
 How to get a patch for an existing firmware ?
 When are the new images applied to the system ?
 What is the recommendation with regard to the hosts restart requirement after a SysFW update ?
 What happens during an SP/SPP replacement ?
 What happens when a DCU (SPP) is added to a host ?
 How long does an upgrade take ?
 What happens if a failure occurs during the firmware update operation ?
 How to perform an SP failover ?
 How to check the history of SysFW upgrade on a platform ?
 What are the impact of resetting the SP/SPPs ?
 Misc. References :

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