Unable to change personality of HP 556FLR-SFP+ (or, Emulex OneConnect OCe14000)

During a recent server install, I ran into an issue where I could not change the personality of an HP 556FLR-SFP+ FlexLOM (HP p/n 727060-B21). This is a 10Gbe converged adapter, capable of NIC, iSCSI and FCoE personalities.

We were unable to select any personality other than the default iSCSI personality, when attempting to change it through the UEFI configuration menu. Tried many things, but what ultimately fixed it was running the latest HP care pack against the machine (burned a USB), and upgrading the firmware. The latest HP care pack had an update for the firmware of this Emulex adapter, and that resolved the issue.

Maybe this’ll help someone out there.

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