Wondering how to get your HP ProLiant Gen9 Server up and running with improved security using industry standard interfaces? Each member of the HP ProLiant Gen9 Server family will default on Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). This industry standard set of interfaces between the system firmware, the operating system, and between various components of the system firmware delivers enhanced security benefits for the HP ProLiant Gen9 Server family.

The HP ProLiant System BIOS is a UEFI solution based on latest revisions of UEFI specification version 2.0. In addition, every HP ProLiant Gen9 Server is a UEFI Class 2 solution, supporting both legacy boot and UEFI boot modes, allowing users to switch between either mode.        

What's New

  • Secure Boot for improved security authentication during server configuration
  • Support for greater than 2.2 TB using GPT (Global Unique Identifier Partition Table) boot drives
  • Embedded UEFI Shell and HP RESTful API for scalable server configuration
  • UEFI Boot method: IPv6 PXE Boot, PXE Multicast boot
  • USB 3.0 Stack

Features

Interacting with UEFI Mode at Boot time for Better Manageability

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) allows to use of greater than 2.2 TB drives.
Hard drives in UEFI use GPT (Global Unique Identifier Partition Table) that provide far greater boot drive capacities, allowing you to use high-capacity drives for storage and system booting.
UEFI offers complete access to the system hardware and resources, allowing UEFI diagnostics and troubleshooting applications to be run before loading your operating system.

Configure UEFI with Standard Boot Methods for Enhanced Flexibility

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) supports PXE boot for IPv6 networks allowing a unified network stack to PXE boot from any network controller while maintaining backward compatibility and continue to support IPv4 PXE.
Allows PXE Multicast boot support for image deployment to multiple servers at the same time.
Servers with 1 GB Embedded Partition can be configured during the UEFI boot time for access to partition use via HP iLO 4 v2.00.

Enable Secure Boot to Improve Your Security Measures

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) protects against unauthorized operating systems and malware rootkit attacks, validating that only authenticated option ROMs, applications, and OS boot loaders that have been digitally signed are run.
UEFI uses a public key to verify UEFI drivers loaded from PCIe cards, drivers loaded from mass storage devices, pre-boot UEFI shell applications including firmware updates, and operating system UEFI boot loaders.

Take Advantage of UEFI Shell and HP RESTful API for Scalable Configuration Deployment

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) includes the UEFI Shell, a command line interface (CLI) application that allows scripting, file manipulation, obtaining system information, and running other UEFI applications.
UEFI Shell is based on the UEFI Shell Specification 2.0, but is enhanced with an extended command set for additional functionality.
The UEFI Shell includes a programming API you can use to create your own UEFI applications.
UEFI supports HP RESTful API, an industry recognized architectural style, for server standardized interaction to configure at scale using a HTTPS Web protocol.
For scale integration you can configure UEFI with the scripting HP RESTful Interface Tool.


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