Updating SmartArray controllers on 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04

Want to install a firmware update on one of your HP SmartArray controllers while running a 64-bit OS? Turns out, the binaries distributed by HP seem to be 32-bit only – running for example Ubuntu 14.04, here’s what you gotta do…

[email protected]:~#./CP021971.scexe 
./CP021971.scexe: 153: ./CP021971.scexe: pushd: not found
./CP021971.scexe: 158: ./CP021971.scexe: popd: not found
./ccissflash: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.6: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory


But libstdtc++6 seems already installed, hmpf… 32-bit maybe?

[email protected]:~# dpkg --add-architecture i386
[email protected]:~# apt-get update
[email protected]:~# apt-get install libstdc++6:i386
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  gcc-4.8-base:i386 gcc-4.9-base:i386 libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386


Let’s try that again…

[email protected]:~#./CP021971.scexe                                                                                                                                               
./CP021971.scexe: 153: ./CP021971.scexe: ./CP021971.scexe: 158: ./CP021971.scexe: popd: not found
pushd: not found

        This program consists of two phases: device discovery and device update.
        No device will be updated until you answer.

Do you want to run device discovery?
(yes/no) yes
Finding hardware. This may take a few minutes.
Found 1 devices.

Do you want to upgrade the device that has older ROM?
(yes/no) yes
1 devices will be updated.
Updating: P410i Slot: 0 from [5.70] to [6.40]
Updating: P410i Slot: 0 from [5.70] to [6.40]

As part of the reboot process, you must power cycle the server and any external array storage devices.

Well, that was rather easy…