Updating the Firmware using the Linux Console


Issue

You have to update the thin client's firmware without IGEL Universal Management Suite or local IGEL Setup application.


Solution

The thin client's firmware update can also be carried out directly on the Linux console itself without IGEL Setup:

  1. Restart the thin client.
  2. Press [ESC ]key during booting to bring up the boot menu.
  3. Select Verbose Boot from the boot menu.
  4. When instructed, switch to the console by pressing [CTRL-ALT-F11] or [CTRL-ALT-F12].
  5. Press [RETURN ]key to log in.

Carry out the update. The exact procedure varies according to the protocol which is to be used, that is, FILE, HTTP, or FTP; see the instructions below. You can check whether the correct parameter values have been passed using the get command, e.g. get update.protocol


HTTP

  1. If necessary, set up a static IP address (DHCP is active by default)
    setparam network.interfaces.ethernet.device0.usedhcp false
    setparam network.interfaces.ethernet.device0.manual true
    setparam network.interfaces.ethernet.device0.ipaddr
    setparam network.interfaces.ethernet.device0.netmask
  2. Configure the update server
    setparam update.protocol http
    setparam update.http.server
    setparam update.http.port


    The default UMS port is 9080


    setparam update.http.path
    setparam update.http.user
    setcryptparam update.http.crypt_password

  3. Start the update process in the / directory using the command update


FTP

  1. If necessary, set up a static IP address (DHCP is active by default)
    setparam network.interfaces.ethernet.device0.usedhcp false
    setparam network.interfaces.ethernet.device0.manual true
    setparam network.interfaces.ethernet.device0.ipaddr
    setparam network.interfaces.ethernet.device0.netmask
  2. Configure the update server
    setparam update.protocol ftp
    setparam update.ftp.server
    setparam update.ftp.port


    The default port is 21


    setparam update.ftp.path
    setparam update.ftp.user
    setcryptparam update.ftp.crypt_password

  3. Start the update process in the / directory using the command update


FILE


Requirement: The unpacked update files are available in the root directory of a FAT32-formatted USB storage device.
  1. Configure at least one hotplug USB device:
    setparam devices.hotplug.usb-storage.numdevices 2
  2. Apply your changes:
    kill_postsetupd
  3. Connect the USB storage device to the thin client.
  4. Wait for the USB storage device to be mounted automatically.
  5. Determine the mount point:
    ls /media/
  6. Configure the update parameters:
    setparam 
    update.protocol file
    setparam update.file.path /media/<name of USB storage device>
  7. Start the update process in the / directory using the command update


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Last update: March 6, 2019