Applying bundled firmware updates using compliance policies

After Lenovo XClarity Administrator identifies a managed device as not compliant, you can manually apply firmware updates to all components in selected ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 servers that are not compliant with the assigned firmware-compliance policy using a bundled image that contain the applicable firmware update packages. The bundled image is created during the update process by collecting all firmware-update packages from the compliance policy.

Before you begin

Attention: The selected devices are powered off before starting the update process. Ensure that any running workloads have either been stopped or, if you are working in a virtualized environment, moved to a different server. If jobs are running, the update job is queued until all other jobs have completed. To see a list of active jobs, click Monitoring > Jobs.

About this task

The bundled-update process first updates the baseboard management controller and UEFI out of band. When these updates are complete, the process creates a bundled image of remaining firmware in the compliance policy based on the machine type. Then, the process mounts the image to the selected device and restarts the device to boot the image. The image automatically runs to perform the remaining updates.

You can update bundled-firmware on a maximum of 10 devices at one time. If you choose to update bundled firmware on more than 10 devices, the remaining devices are queued. A queued device is taken off the bundled-firmware update queue when the activation completes on a device on which a bundled-firmware update was performed.

If an error occurs while updating a component in the device, the firmware-update process does not update the firmware for that specific component; however, the firmware-update process continues to update the other components in the device and continues to update all other devices in the current firmware-update job.

Procedure

To apply firmware updates in the form of a bundled image on managed devices, complete the following steps.

  1. From the XClarity Administrator menu bar, click Provisioning > Firmware Updates: Apply/Activate. The Firmware Updates: Apply/Activate page is displayed.
  2. Click the Update with Policy tab.
  3. Select one or more devices and components to which firmware updates are to be applied.
    You can sort the table columns to make it easier to find specific devices. In addition, you can filter the list of displayed devices by selecting an option in the Show menu to list only devices in a specific chassis, rack, or group, by entering text (such as a name or IP address) in the Filter field, or by clicking the following icons to list only devices with a specific status.
    • Hide compliant devices icon (Completed jobs icon)

    • Hide non-compliant devices status icon (Warning status icon)

    • Hide devices without an assigned compliance policy icon (No compliance policy icon)

    • Hide devices not being monitored icon (Not monitored icon)

    • Hide devices with firmware pending activation icon (Pending status icon)

    • Hide devices with compliance errors icon (Critical status icon)

    • Hide devices not supported for updates icon (Unsupported icon)

    • Hide devices undergoing firmware updates icon (Running jobs icon)

    • Hide devices with nonstageable firmware icon (Run scheduled job icon)

    The Groups column indicates the groups of which each device is a member. You can hover over the Groups column to get a complete list of groups, by group type

    The Installed Version column indicates the installed firmware version, compliance status, or device status.

    The compliance status can be one of the following:
    • Completed jobs icon Compliant

    • Critical status icon Compliance Error

    • Warning status icon Not Compliant

    • No compliance policy icon No Compliance Policy Set

    • Not monitored icon Not Monitored

    The device status can be one of the following:
    • Unsupported icon Updates Not Supported

    • Running jobs icon Update in Progress


    Illustrates the Firmware Updates: Apply/Activate page with a list of managed devices and identifies the assigned compliance policy and policy compliance for each managed device and device.
  4. Click the Perform Update from Bundle Image icon (Perform update from bundle image icon). The Bundle Image Update Summary dialog is displayed. This dialog lists the selected devices and the firmware updates that are included in the bundled image.

    Illustrates the Bundle Image Update Summary dialog.
  5. Click Perform Update from Bundle Image to update immediately, or click Schedule to schedule this update to run at a later time.

What to do next

When applying a firmware update, if the server fails to enter maintenance mode, attempt to apply the update again.

If updates were not completed successfully, see Firmware update and repository issues for troubleshooting and corrective actions.

From the Firmware Updates: Apply/Activate page, you can perform the following actions.