You must read the Lenovo website and/or files to confirm which BIOS is compatible with which ECP, and the order in which to update them. (This will destroy the data on it, of course.) Acquire a pure DOS boot cd such as Windows 98 recovery CD and boot that.

Now, this can be a big pain if your internet connection is provided by a T1.

Once the ISO is downloaded you would now have to find a computer with a CD/DVD burner and fish around for some blank CD/DVD’s.

Also, many firms have removed the built in media drive to add more storage or save costs.

I have seen much time wasted on hurdles like this in the past (myself included). Once everything is loaded a screen will come up with two options. In the next window go ahead and click “Firmware Update”. The Firmware Update smart tool will now use the internet to reach out to HP and determine the available updates for your machine.

Also, make sure to do the two updates immediately one after the other. If you need CD-ROM support, load CD-related things but say no to everything else.

The EC firmware is usually much better at backwards compatibility than the BIOS. In particular, avoid loading and doskey, as the presence of either program causes Phoenix bios flash tool phlash16to abort.

It's unknown if a boot image can be extracted from it. On the X22, it worked with ECP 1.30 but not with BIOS 1.32 Lenovo recommends reseting your BIOS settings to their factory defaults after a firmware update.

You may need to try different packages to find the one from which you can extract a boot image. Also, please consider updating the List of DMI IDs after updating your BIOS.

On the newly designed Gen8 boot up screen up will see the option to hit F10 for access to the “Intelligent Provisioning (IP)” management console. Once you hit “install” a warning windows will appear letting you know that you cannot cancel this procedure once you hit continue. Just as a heads up some updates will cause the ILO connection to be reset.

HP did a good job on letting you know a few seconds before this happens. Once all updates complete the HP update manager will perform a check on all components to make sure everything is healthy. Once the internal health checks are completed you need to go ahead and restart the server to complete the process.

You can also check the Lenovo Support website's driver matrix. Make sure the firmware bootdisk is in linux 'dd' format, as the self-extracting disks from the IBM website cannot be booted directly as such.