New Supermicro BIOS 1.1c and IPMI 3.46 for Xeon D SuperServers features HTML5 iKVM

Posted by Paul Braren on Nov 4 2016 (updated on Nov 22 2016) in
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  • Looking to ignore release notes and disclaimers/warnings to get right to the downloads? Jump below. See also video demonstrating of how HTML5/iKVM lets you dump Java, if you can get around the known IPMI 3.46 issues.

    Here's the current Supermicro Xeon D-1500 systems with X10SDV motherboards, in form factors suited for home and small business (single PSU), eligible for these new October 2016 BIOS and IPMI releases:

    Latest BIOS and IPMI Versions

    as of Nov 11 2016

    SYS-5028D-TN4T
    Mini Tower
    Mini ITX
    SYS-5018D-FN4T
    1U
    Mini ITX
    SYS-E200-8D
    Mini 1U
    Mini ITX
    SYS-E300-8D
    Mini 1U
    Flex ATX
    BIOS Oct 03 2016 / 1.1b Oct 03 2016 / 1.1b Oct 03 2016 / 1.1b 1.0a    
    IPMI Oct 14 2016 / 3.46 Oct 14 2016 / 3.46 Oct 14 2016 / 3.46 Oct 14 2016 / 3.46
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    I'll take one of each, please! First step, update the BIOS and IPMI firmware to the latest release. For all SuperServer Bundle customers, Wiredzone handles these upgrades for you, along with the DIMM install and 4 hour burn-in test.

    If you have:

    • a Supermicro SuperServer system or motherboard featuring a Xeon D-1500 processor
    • it has Intel X552/X557 10G ports of the RJ45 type (not SFP+)

    then there is a new BIOS and IPMI upgrade you may want to consider, if you also:

    • want to avoid the (small) potential for a VMware ESXi PSOD KB KB2146388
    • you want to have both the Java and the new HTML5 version of iKVM, beware, the HTML5 version seems to be no ability to directly mount an ISO yet
    • are OK with the known issues in IPMI 3.46 I've already identified

    Here's Supermicro's Disclaimer:

    WARNING!

    Please do not download / upgrade the BIOS/Firmware UNLESS your system has a BIOS/firmware-related issue. Flashing the wrong BIOS/firmware can cause irreparable damage to the system.

    Here's a copy of TinkerTry's Disclaimer, exactly as posted below every article:

    Disclaimer

    Emphasis is on home test labs, not production environments. No free technical support is implied or promised, and all best-effort advice volunteered by the author or commenters are on a use-at-your-own risk basis. Properly caring for your data is your responsibility. TinkerTry bears no responsibility for data loss. It is up to you to follow all local laws and software EULAs.

    This all boils down to you needing to contact Supermicro's SuperServer Technical Support if something goes wrong, with no guarantees that they can help you if you bricked your system. I would add that you should be sure to run your SuperServer off an uninterruptable power supply during any firmware upgrades, and be sure you use a stable network connection, or a known-good USB flash drive for bootable media.

    Backstory

    We've waited a long time for a 3.x release of IPMI for the Xeon D, and I gave you a sneak peek here. Now it's finally here, the fully supported GA bits, finally! Even better, for the first time ever, there's now full release notes too:

    BIOS 1.1c Known Issues

    BIOS 1.1c RELEASE NOTES (Oct 03 2016)

    IPMI 3.46 Known Issues

    IPMI 3.46 RELEASE NOTES (Oct 14 2016)

    > I've asked for a copy, will publish them here if I get them. Got 'em! See:
    Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D / X10SDV IPMI Release Notes Changelog

    Download

    Download BIOS and IPMI updates, the easy way

    TinkerTry-unified-screenshot-of-BIOS-11c-IPMI346-downloads-Nov-03-2016
    BIOS 1.1c is only for Supermicro Xeon D SuperServers with 10GBase-T [Intel X552/X557 10GbE ports], IPMI 3.46 is for all Xeon D SuperServers
    FlashBIOS

    BIOS 1.1c Upgrade Procedure

    There is a way to upgrade the BIOS over IPMI that I describe here, but it may require waiting for a trial license key for Supermicro Update Manager. So instead, I present to you the old school safest way to upgrade your BIOS(s), anytime:

    1. make sure your SuperServer is on UPS-protected power
    2. power on or reboot your SuperServer, then enter the BIOS setup by pressing Del when prompted
    3. document all your BIOS settings that aren't default, in case they're lost, see also Recommended BIOS Settings for Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T
    4. make you have (temporarily) turned UEFI ON
    5. make you have (temporarily) turned CSM ON (Compatibility Support Mode) to On, see details here
    6. create a bootable USB flash drive on another Windows workstation using Rufus
    7. extract all X10SDVF6_A03.zip files to the root directory of the USB drive, which includes the BIOS image itself named X10SDVF6.A03
    8. properly eject the USB drive using the Windows Taskbar Safely Remove... icon.
    9. insert the USB drive into any available USB port on your SuperServer
    10. power up or reboot, and get ready to press that F11 key to choose alternative boot device, then choose the USB drive from the list
    11. Using either a locally attached keyboard and mouse, or over iKVM, at the DOS command line, type:
      FLASH X10SDVF6
    12. wait until it's done, takes about 5 minutes
    13. unplug the power cord from the SuperServer for about 15 seconds
    14. remove the USB flash drive
    15. plug the power cord back in to your SuperServer
    16. power on your SuperServer
    17. press Del to enter the BIOS setup again, switch back to UEFI mode, and turn CSM back to off, if you prefer
    18. reboot, make sure your default boot device come up, you're done!
    How to upgrade to Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.1c using Rufus & bootable DOS USB drive
    FlashIPMI

    IPMI 3.46 Upgrade Procedure

    1. on another PC, use a browser and type in the IP address of your BMC/IPMI/iKVM management interface in the URL area
    2. login, default is ADMIN/ADMIN
    3. under Maintenance, IPMI Configuration, you may wish to use the Save IPMI Configuration feature to save a config file for possible restore later, since you are about to loose all of your IPMI configuration settings
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    4. under Maintenance, Firmware Update, select the Enter Update Mode button and follow the instructions, using the IPMI file downloaded (in this example, it's REDFISH_X10_346.bin), but make sure to Un-check Both Boxes when prompted to preserve your configuration, as seen pictured at right. If you don't, you may get voltage alerts or critical sensor error / 5V Dual warnings in VMware ESXi, or other problems. To resolve, just reflash to the same level again, unchecking the boxes.
    5. wait until it's done with the IPMI upgrade, takes about 5 minutes, when done, it will prompt you to wait another minute, one the IPMI Web Interface starts to respond to login again, you can continue
    6. unplug the power cord from the SuperServer for at least 15 seconds (optional but recommended, more difficult if you're remote, I realize)
    7. plug the power cord back in to your SuperServer
    8. power on your SuperServer, wait a minute for IPMI to boot up
    9. on another PC, use a browser and type in the IP address of your BMC/IPMI/iKVM management interface in the URL area
    10. optional - under Maintenance, IPMI Configuration, you may wish to use the Reload IPMI Configuration feature to choose your saved file, and restore it

    Video - IPMI Upgrade

    This shows you the upgrade procedures using earlier releases, but the techniques are the identical.

    Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 BIOS 1.1b and IPMI 3.31 Upgradeapolooza. Recorded on August 9, 2016.

    Video - IPMI 3.46 Features and Known Issues

    This shows you around the features of the 3.46 IPMI version.

    Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E200-8D iKVM/HTML5 testing of IPMI 3.46

    Video - New iKVM/HTML5 removes your need for Java

    With Supermicro iKVM/HTML5 Remote Console, avoid Java by booting from a network share ISO

    Optional - Download BIOS and IPMI updates, the Supermicro ways

    Method 1 - Start with the Product Page

    You are actually supposed to first find the product for your Embedded/IoT Solution here:

    or your X10 IPC & Embedded motherboard here:

    then Ctrl+F to seek out those BIOS and IPMI download links, which will make you read this End User License Agreement before allowing you to download.

    Method 2 - Start with the Support page

    Another way is at supermicro.com, jump into Support > BIOS & IPMI Downloads > Intel here:

    In the box where it says Enter Model Search Text, type X10SDV then click Search, it should look a lot like this:

    Supermicro-download-page-for-X10SDV

    Notice it mentions the series of Xeon D systems and motherboards that this BIOS 1.1c applies to:

    Intel® Xeon® processor D-1518/1528/1520/1521/1540/1541; Single socket FCBGA 1667

    Intel® Xeon® processor D-1537/1557/1587, Single socket FCBGA 1667; 8/12/16-Core, 16/24/32 Threads, 35/45/65W


    See also at TinkerTry

    supermicro-superserver-redfish-api-cropped
    How to upgrade to Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.1c over the IPMI Web UI