November 23, 2017

Update the firmware in a BareMetal server

The script makes a single call to SoftLayer_Hardware_Server::createFirmwareUpdateTransaction
method to update the firmware in a bare metal server. It will bring your server offline for
approximately 20 minutes while the updates are in progress.

See below for more details

Important manual pages:

Author: SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. <>
import SoftLayer.API
from pprint import pprint as pp

# Your SoftLayer API username and key.
API_USERNAME = 'set-me'

# Generate one at
API_KEY = 'set-me'

# Declare the API client
client = SoftLayer.create_client_from_env(username=API_USERNAME, api_key=API_KEY)
hardwareServerService = client['SoftLayer_Hardware_Server']

# The if of the bare metal server you wish to update the firmware
hardwareId = 284776

The firmware to update
set the values with "1" to update and "0" skip
ipmi = 1
raidController = 1
bios = 1
hardDrive = 0

    result = hardwareServerService.createFirmwareUpdateTransaction(ipmi, raidController, bios, hardDrive, id=hardwareId)
except SoftLayer.SoftLayerAPIError as e:
    print("Unable to update the firmware: \nfaultCode= %s, \nfaultString= %s"
          % (e.faultCode, e.faultString))


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