Emulex Firmware upgrade in HP Bladecenter C7000

For System admins and VMware admins it’s a common task to update the Firmware of HBA, BIOS etc in the servers. I would like to share the steps involved in upgrading the HP FlexFabric Converged Adapters in the Blades, the HP Flexfabric adapters are mainly from Emulex OneConnect Universal CNA (UCNA) Adapter family.

These are CNA (Converged Network Adapters ) are 10GbE adapters which can handle both FC-SAN traffic via Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Ethernet Traffic in the same physical card. In short SAN & LAN traffic though a single adapter !!

In the HP blades these adapters are embedded on the system motherboard as a LOM (LAN on motherboard) or it will be as Mezzanine adapters. As VMware release the ESXi versions frequently we have to maintain the Firmware/Driver level as per the VMware HCL and as per HP VMware recipe. Here I am doing the Firmware upgrade for HP NC553i 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter below are the main steps

1- Download the Emulex latest OFFLINE Firmware image – OneConnect-Flash- (35 MB) from this LINK


2- Login to the HP Bladecenter Enclosure on board administrator (OA) and open the ILO (Integrated Lights-Out) console of that Blade

– it is good to use the “Integrated Remote Console” option for the ILO so that you will directly get the ILO console in one mouse click or just use the normal “Web administration”


3- In the ILO console  mount the Emulex firmware ISO image and reboot the Blade and boot from the CD, ensure the first boot device is DC/DVD.




4- Once you booted from the CD you will get the EMULEX OneConnect flash utility console, and type the option “y” in the command prompt.




5- Once the firmware upgrade is SUCCESSFUL then it will show percentage complete 100%



6- Now reboot the Blade and unmount the ISO image  from the ILO virtual drive, In the command prompt type reboot


Now enjoy the rest of the day with a cup of Coffee !!


About GK_RAJ

An enthusiastic IT person, with an intense passion towards Datacenter technologies. I am a VMware vExpert Title holder and working as a Technical Consultant, in Qatar. I am exposed to VMware vSphere, Storage, Bladecenters, Datacenter operations, Symantec Backup, Deduplication technologies and carry rich and diversified experience in these domains. I specialize in Designing & Consulting on VMware VSphere, the integration of Storage and Network Stacks to VSphere. With my experience, I help Organizations/Enterprises to achieve their CAPEX & OPEX savings, develop DR and BCP strategies, Consolidation services with Virtualization using VSphere, and prepare them to move to Cloud. In the meantime, I would like to share my knowledge and do a good contribution to the community. I am an Indian citizen, and have a Engineering degree in Electronics and Communication. I have certified in VCAP5-DCD, VCP-Cloud, VCP 4 & 5, MCITP, MCSE.

Posted on November 20, 2013, in HP Bladecenter, HP Blades. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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