System and method for automating bios firmware image recovery using a non-host processor and platform policy to select a donor system

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7809836

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20050229173A1

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10821037

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An embodiment of the present invention is a system and method relating to automatic firmware image update by proxy for BIOS or other embedded firmware image. When a server equipped with a baseboard management controller (BMC) and detects that its BIOS code image is corrupted or out of date, it may broadcast a request for an image update over an out-of-band network. One or more donor systems on the network may respond to the request and send the requestor a new image. The recipient system uses management policies to determine from which donor system to accept an update. In another embodiment, the BMC retrieves a new BIOS image from a predetermined location and updates the BIOS image accordingly.

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INTEL CORPORATIONSANTA CLARA, CA27691

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hannon, William R Beaverton, US 3 62
Mihm, James T Gresham, US 3 65

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
VIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2004/0098,521 Peripheral management system 10 2003
 
INTEL CORPORATION (6)
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* 7136994 Recovery images in an operational firmware environment 17 2003
* 2005/0038,808 System and method for utilizing a modular operating system (OS) resident agent allowing an out-of-band server management 10 2003
* 2005/0240,669 BIOS framework for accommodating multiple service processors on a single server to facilitate distributed/scalable server management 16 2004
* 2005/0228,888 Automatic firmware image recovery 10 2004
 
GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (1)
* 7293165 BMC-hosted boot ROM interface 21 2003
* Cited By Examiner

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HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (3)
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LENOVO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (1)
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