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“Failed bios lock” when installing HPE Reseller Option Kit (ROK) 2019 – 2022 Server

Installing the HPE Re-seller Option Kit (ROK) Windows 2019 or 2022 Standard and Datacenter server software onto VMware virtual machine you should received “Failed BIOS Lock” error which means the HPE branded OS software needs HPE hardware to run.

To solve it, shout down virtual machine and :

  • Enter the Edit Settings of the VM
  • VM Options, Advanced, Edit Configuration, Add Configuration Params then type:
  • Name field: smbios.addHostVendor
  • Value field: TRUE

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Install Proliant Service Pack (spp) using ILO

Scenario

You have downloaded the Service Pack for ProLiant (spp) in iso format and want to install it using ILO.
In ILO open “Remote Console & Media” and load the iso. Restart the server and start installing the service pack. At some point the installation crashes (at a certain percentage of completion).

Solution

The problem is that you used ILO’s HTML5 client to load the ISO; you have to use the Java client.

Hmtl5 remote console unmaps the image after a while

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HPE Proliant Bios allert yellow message on start up

When you power up your new HPE Proliant server you may see this message in yellow.

Important information available or errors detected. Press F1 to continue. F2 for more information.

Push F2 and understand that the system is all healthy.

Why does the server give you this alert message?

Perhaps you have simply installed an additional power supply but have not plugged the cord into the mains.

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Update a hp server with an .iso file

If you need to upgrade a hp server with an iso file, such as Service Pack for Proliant or Intelligent Provisioning Recovery Media, you can not use generic software to create the usb key with the iso. You must use the HPE USB Key Utility for Windows / Linux.

Instructions for Windows

Download the file (link above) and run the installation.
In the c:\Program Files\usbkey folder, run the usbkey.exe file to create your iso on usb stick.

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