HP USB key utility

The HP USB Key Utility enables you to copy the Firmware Maintenance CD contents to a USB memory key. You can then run the Firmware Maintenance applications from a USB key instead of from the CD. Insert a USB key containing the Firmware CD ISO image created by using the HP USB Key Creator for Windows utility into a usb port of your server or through the SUV (Serial-USB-Video) cable attached to the server to be updated if the server supports the SUV cable.

For Windows® operating systems, the HP USB Key Creator for Windows utility must be downloaded from the HP website and installed on a workstation. After installation, the utility places a shortcut in the HP System Tools folder in the Programs start menu.

To create your bootable drive key and copy the contents of the CD:

  1. Place your HP USB drive key in an available USB port.
  2. Select the HP USB Key Utility shortcut in the HP System Tools folder.
  3. Complete each step presented by the application.
  4. The HP USB Key Creator formats the USB key, therefore files on the key are lost. Ensure that you are using a USB key that is at least 1GB in size and does not contain any valuable files.

For Linux, the USB key can be created manually:

  1. Obtain SYSLINUX 3.2 or higher from freshmeat.net or syslinux.zytor.com and download to a Linux workstation.
  2. Install the SYSLINUX RPM obtained in step 1.
  3. Create a directory for the USB key mountpoint, if one does not already exist.

    For example, mkdir /usbkey.

  4. Insert the USB key and mount it. The device mountpoint can vary depending on whether other SCSI drives are also installed on the server. Therefore, the device mountpoint can be sdb1, sdc1, and so forth.

    mount /dev/sda1 /usbkey

  5. Issue the command ./syslinux /usbkey to have SYSLINUX write out the boot partition to the USB key. Failure to issue this command might lead to a key that does not boot the Firmware CD until the SYSLINUX command is successful.
  6. Create a directory to mount the CD image. For example, mkdir /cd_mount_point.
  7. Insert the Firmware CD or mount the Firmware CD ISO through a loopback:

    mount /dev/cdrom /cd_mount_point or mount -t iso9660 firmware-<version>.iso /cd_mount_point -o loop

  8. Change to the /usb directory on the CD.

    cd /cd_mount_point/usb

  9. Execute the usbcreator.sh shell script passing in the CD mount point and the USB mount point to move the Firmware CD files to the USB key

    ./usbcreator.sh /cd_mount_point /usbkey

  10. If additional components must be added to the USB, copy the components into the /compaq/swpackages (Linux) or the compaqswpackages (Windows) directory and HP Smart Update Manager picks them up automatically if the version can support the type of components added.
  11. Unmount the CD and the USB key. This must match the initial mount point in step 4.

    umount /dev/cdrom

    umount /dev/sda1

  12. Remove the USB key and CD from the workstation used to create the USB key.

    NOTE: To remove a CD image from your USB drive key, delete the subfolder containing the CD image and edit the syslinux.cfg file at the root of the USB drive key to remove the section referencing that subfolder name.

HP USB key utility