Preparing a USB flash drive for reimaging an appliance

IMPORTANT: Hewlett Packard Enterprise recommends that you prepare a USB flash drive immediately after installing and after updating the appliance firmware so that you always have a USB flash drive that matches the currently installed version of the appliance image. For environments with multiple versions, create separate USB drives, one for each version.


  • Computer running either Linux or a Microsoft Windows operating system
  • USB flash drive with 4 GB of memory, or greater
  • Internet connection

Preparing a USB drive for reimaging an appliance

  1. Identify the version of the appliance image.
    View the firmware version:
    • In the appliance maintenance console using the View option.

    • In HPE OneView, view the Installed firmware version for Member Appliance by using the OS Deployment Servers screen. Under General, select the link to the deployment server interface, then select Deployment Appliances.

    The firmware version that is displayed is the version of the image that you will download in step 5 and include on the USB drive.

  2. Insert the USB flash drive in the computer USB port.
  3. If necessary, delete any unnecessary partitions to ensure adequate disk space.
  4. Format the USB flash drive for one FAT32 or W95 FAT32 partition using these guidelines:
    • For a Linux operating system, use /sbin/fdisk /dev/sdx command, where x represents the numerical drive of the USB port used.
    • For a Windows operating system, right-click the USB icon in the Computer window and select Format.
    • Specify a label for your USB drive. It can be any name you want, except EMBEDDED, which is a reserved name. Consider using the date as part of the label.

    • Create only one primary partition. Delete any existing partitions.
    • If prompted, specify the following parameters:
      • Capacity: maximum value

      • Allocation unit size: 4096 bytes

      • First and last block: default values

  5. Download the recovery image (.zip file) from the website

    The recovery image that you download must match the version determined in step 1. Make sure that you download the complete image for recovery for the USB. The firmware update for existing images does not contain a complete image.

  6. Unzip the compressed image.
  7. Copy the contents of the image file to the USB flash drive.

    Do not rename the files.

  8. Optionally, remove the USB flash drive and store it for future use.