Data ONTAP includes an SP firmware image that is called the baseline image. If a new version of the SP firmware becomes subsequently available, you have the option to download it and update the SP firmware to the downloaded version without upgrading the Data ONTAP version.
Data ONTAP offers the following methods for managing SP firmware updates:
The Data ONTAP upgrade process automatically includes the SP firmware update, provided that the SP firmware version bundled with Data ONTAP is newer than the SP version running on the node.
The SP firmware is automatically updated to the newest compatible version that is supported by the Data ONTAP version you reverted or downgraded to. A manual SP firmware update is not required.
You have the option to disable the SP automatic update functionality by using the system service-processor image modify command. However, it is recommended that you leave the functionality enabled. Disabling the functionality can result in suboptimal or nonqualified combinations between the Data ONTAP image and the SP firmware image.
You can specify the following options:
You can update the SP firmware to a downloaded package by specifying the package file name. The system image package show command displays all package files (including the files for the SP firmware package) that are available on a node.
You can update the SP firmware to the baseline version that is bundled with the currently running version of Data ONTAP.
Any existing connection to the SP is terminated when the SP firmware is being updated. This is the case whether the SP firmware update is automatically or manually triggered.