Better manageability, while interacting with your server at boot time

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is an industry standard set of interfaces between the system firmware and the operating system, and between various components of the system firmware.

HP’s ProLiant System BIOS is a UEFI solution based on EDK2 and adheres to the latest revisions of UEFI specifications. In addition, the HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 System BIOS is a UEFI Class 2 solution, which means that it is fully flexible and supports both legacy boot and UEFI boot mode.

The HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 defaults to legacy boot mode making it compatible with legacy boot environments. In addition, a configure-to-order (CTO) option is available from HP for customers who want to have their system default to UEFI boot operation.

Features

UEFI enables numerous new capabilities, including both industry standard functionality and features specific to HP ProLiant servers such as:

  • No need to reboot after configuring each device.
  • Secure Boot a UEFI standard function to protect against unauthorized operating systems and malware rootkit attacks, ensuring only authenticated option ROMs, applications, and OS boot loaders that have been digitally signed are run.
  • Expand your storage by booting from partitions > 2.2TB.
  • UEFI Shell scripting environment pre-boot embedded command line interface (CLI) tool that can be used for scripting, configuring and troubleshooting.
  • IPv6 PXE Boot allows a unified network stack to PXE boot from any network controller. Also Supports IPv4 PXE.
  • PXE Multicast boot support for image deployment in multiple servers at the same time.