As the title says, here are a few of the methods to perform a firmware update or upgrade on HP/E’s ProLiant line of servers.
- IP (Intelligent Processing feature built in for HP Servers starting from Gen 8) which requires Internet to download firmware. Press F10 during POST screen for IP; or
- HP(E) SPP (Service Pack for ProLiant) DVD*; or
SPP releases a new version every six months – April (04) and October (10).
Note: You’ll require an HPE Passport account for the downloads.
- HP PSP (ProLiant Support Pack) DVD*; or
- HP Smart Update Firmware DVD*
*All these DVDs (ISO) are available online with HP/E; download ISO file and burn it to a DVD. You can use HPE USB Key Utility for Windows if you don’t want to use a DVD instead a USB or Flash Drive.
To clear a difference between an update and an upgrade, refer:
In simpler terms, update is a minor change in the same product and upgrade is a major change which requires a new release and a new version of the same product.
Example: Windows Server 2008 R1 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
Here, SP (Service Pack) is an update and R (Release) is an upgrade.
Same goes for all other products.
Btw, a Service Pack is a bundle of updates.