Tragedy of HP ProLiant DL380 G5

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We bought second-hand DL380 G5 to run our master Citrix XenServer, and it works without any problem. Except latest version of firmware updates…

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I am 20 years old and not a senior system administrator which we can say that due to lack of experience. This is third time to work with a bare-metal system. Moreover, my father and I did not work with HP before; however, we decided to buy a HP server. It came with Intel Xeon E5405, 32 GB DDR2 RAM and 6 146 GB 10K SAS. That is awesome since the hardware works with no error, and we started to work with.

1 day after the purchase, I wanted to update all firmwares. I started with the easy one: iLO. Upload the image to iLO and you are ready to go. It will restart itself a few times and you can work with after that moment.

The second move was safely updating the BIOS. The latest version of the BIOS published at September 30, 2015. But, we cannot access the latest one because Hewlett Packard Enterprise changes their downloadable firmware policy.

This went into effect today (February 1, 2014). Neither HP nor our HP reseller notified us of this change. So if you have some out-of-warranty server-related equipment that you want to keep up to date, you’re out of luck unless you pay up.

— CannonBall7 February 1, 2014

Well, I bought this server in December 2018, and I was thinking that the vendor does not block the firmware from their costumers, but they do.

I can access any firmware which published before February 1, 2014.