How to upgrade the firmware of the HP Onboard Administrator

October 14, 2011 — 21 Comments

A post mostly for documentation sake on how to upgrade the firmware of the Onboard Administrator of an HP BladeSystem enclosure.

The update is a very straight forward process that can be done entirely through the OA web administration interface.

Go to Active Onboard Administrator –> Firmware Update.


From that screen you can upload the firmware from your system or enter an URL where the image is available. For our example we are going to use the upload option. Browse to the firmware image file and click Upload.

The OA web administration interface will logout any connected user and will start the upgrading process.


During the upgrade a progress bar like the one in the above screenshot will be shown and the OA will be reset when the process is complete.


Finally log into the OS and from the Active Onboard Administrator screen check the OA version.




21 responses to How to upgrade the firmware of the HP Onboard Administrator



    During the upgrade, the blades need to be powered off, or not?
    Would the blades/servers be affected in any way if the they are powered on and functional during the upgrade ?


      Hi Adrian, thanks for commenting.

      No the blade server are not affected in any way by the Onboard Administrator upgrade, with the exception that blade iLO interfaces will not be accessible during upgrade process.



        Can upgrading the Onboard Administrator be done on the fly with WMware and VM’s running, or must we shut down our system first? We are running Brocade FC for storage, and using Virtual Connect for client data. Thanks.

    Geyson Rodriguez March 29, 2012 at 17:30

    Hi, During the upgrade the blades lost conectivity?


    Hi, after Onboard Administrator firmware upgrade from version 3.31 to 3.55 I have problems:
    – No connection with Onboard Administrator via https
    – On display I see that Onboard Administrator is not loading correctly and rebooting
    How can I fix this? Thanks


      Hi Vitality,

      I just upgraded to 3.55 without problem.
      Did the firmware upload process complete correctly ?

      Could you retry using CLI update image command ?

      The full syntax is :

      • Command:
      • Description:
      o The IMAGE command downloads a new flash image from the network and uses it to update the
      Onboard Administrator firmware. If a redundant Onboard Administrator is present in the system,
      then this command flashes and validates its firmware before attempting to flash the active
      Onboard Administrator.
      o Supported protocols are HTTP, FTP, and TFTP.
      o The URL must be formatted as: protocol://host/path/filename.
      o The URL syntax for IPv6 addresses is protocol://[]/path/file.
      o If your FTP server does not support anonymous logins, a username and password can be
      specified within the URL formatted as: ftp://username:password@host/path/filename.
      o Use FORCE to enable downgrading firmware even if settings and passwords might be lost.
      Enclosure management commands 125
      o The UPDATE IMAGE SYNC command initiates a firmware sync of the Active and Standby
      Onboard Administrators.
      o For USB protocol, see SHOW USBKEY. (“SHOW USBKEY” on page 154)



    Hi , Can we upgrade OA firmware upgrade in controller manner active first and make sure that it’s good, then standby? what is the impact to blades if issues with OA modules while uopgrading OA. Any downtime?


    Can I do it directly upgrade OA from version 2.6 to the latest which is 3.60?


    Yes this is possible.


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    Hi Can some one tell the procedure to upgrade firmware of the HP Onboard Administrator.
    From where CAN I GET THE IMAGE FILE to upload? I seing the HP release notes but could not find any image.


    Great post, enjoyed important topic. A question on whether individual servers need firmware update before the OA. My servers seem to take about 40min to do is that norm? Thanks GeoArch


    Hi I want to ask can I upgrade from 3.60 OA Firmware to 4.22 Firmware ? is there any road map for upgrade firmwares . please let me know .


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