Updating bios frozen
For newer models, there might be no utility for XP.
Even for older models it might have been removed from the website.
I’ve written about this awesome form factor on the Open Home Lab website, and have evangelized the Xeon-D and Supermicro form factors to friends and co-workers.
For this reason, never ever interrupt a BIOS update that is already in process.
I’ve been enjoying my new home lab tremendously in the last couple of months.
Enough oomph to run Azure Stack, DC/OS, Docker 1.12 in Swarm Mode, all kinds of unikernels; all at the same time.
If none of the changes are relevant (e.g., microcode for a new CPU has been added to the BIOS, but you're using the older CPU), then you should not update.
So, the rule of thumb is: don't fix what ain't broken.
With Supermicro, there’s a couple of options: There’s loads of little things to take into account, and a lot of frustration ahead. I just wasn’t able to boot into DOS or the EFI shell to update my BIOS. I knew there was a reference to BIOS updates in the IPMI interface, but that requires an activation key.