During the process of installing VMWare on to my Gen8 Microserver, I had trouble writing data to the internal SD card – in fact, I couldn’t even see it. Looking in the ILO Event Logs I saw this:
Embedded Flash/SD-CARD: Embedded media manager failed initialization.
googling this didn’t get me much – just forum posts with people complaining about it, but then i found this HPE Customer Advisory, which lists out the steps needed to reset the error. Basically:
- create an XML file with the following content:
<!-- RIBCL Sample Script for HP Lights-Out Products --> <!--Copyright (c) 2016 Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Development Company,L.P. --> <!-- Description: This is a sample XML script to force format ll --> <!-- the iLO partitions. --> <!-- iLO resets automatically for this operation to take effect --> <!-- Warning: This command erases all data on the partition(s) --> <!-- External providers will need to be re-configured if --> <!-- partition is formatted --> <!-- Input: VALUE tag: all - format all available partitions --> <!-- NOTE:You will need to replace the USER_LOGIN and PASSWORD values --> <!-- with values that are appropriate for your environment --> <!-- See "HP Integrated Lights-Out Management Processor Scripting --> <!-- and Command Line Resource Guide" for more information on --> <!-- scripting and the syntax of the RIBCL XML --> <!-- Firmware support information for this script: --> <!-- iLO 4 - Version 2.42 or later. --> <!-- iLO 3 - None. --> <!-- iLO 2 - None. --> <RIBCL VERSION="2.0"> <LOGIN USER_LOGIN="Administrator" PASSWORD=""> <RIB_INFO MODE="write"> <FORCE_FORMAT VALUE="all" /> </RIB_INFO> </LOGIN> </RIBCL>
- run that file against the server using HPQLOCFG.exe:
hpqlocfg -s <server IP> -l c:\hpqcfg.log -f c:\Force_Format.xml -v -t user=Administrator,password=<password>
- some other steps to reinstall intelligent provisioning, if you use it.
All well and good – but where do you get HPQLOCFG from? If you follow the link in the article, it refuses to install because i don’t have the full PSP installed. So how can I apply the change?
Well, in my case, I installed VMWare to an internal USB stick and then ran the command from there – you could even do this with all of your other existing drives removed so that they don’t get erased. You could then restart the process. Problem solved!