Flash a PERC3/QC on a live system.

Philippe Gramoullé philippe.gramoulle at mmania.com
Mon Nov 26 03:24:01 CST 2001


Hi Kevin,

Kevin_Burroughs at dell.com wrote:
> 
> The manner in which you have flashed firmware before is still the only way
> to do this function, no matter if there is a partition mounted or not.

Thanks for the information.

> 
> Filename for latest firmware upgrade is p3fw161j.exe

Yes, that's the one i used.

> 
> Below are the installation instructions from the web page for that file:
> 
> 1. Download the P3FW161J.EXE to a directory on your hard drive. The file
> downloaded is a
> self-extracting executable.
> 2. Execute the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to
> create a bootable diskette.
> 3. Boot the server using this diskette to update controller firmware.
> 4. You can press ctrl-C and read the readme file for changes and instruction
> or press any key to continue the firmware update process.


Well, this is exactly what i wanted to avoid : Flash the card through a
boot disk.

My question was more : Is it safe to flash the PERC3/QC that controls
mounted partitions that
are in use. That's why linflash is for , no ? 

Of Course i need to reboot to have the new firmware loaded.

Thanks for your answer.

Philippe.






> 
> Kevin Burroughs, MCSE, MCP+I
> PowerVault and Fibre Channel Storage Support Specialist
> Dell Computer Corp. Enterprise Expert Center
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> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Philippe Gramoullé [mailto:philippe.gramoulle at mmania.com]
> Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2001 5:55 AM
> To: linux-poweredge at exchange.dell.com
> Subject: Flash a PER3/QC on a live system.
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I have just a question about flashing a PERC3/QC.:
> 
> Can i flash a card that controls a diskarray on wich a partition
> is mounted and in use. ?
> 
> I think it shouldn't be a problem i just wanted to have a confirmation
> as
> before I used to flash cards with a boot disk and not on a live system.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Philippe.
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