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How to do key rotation for SEDs (self encrypting drives) on UCS E-Series blades


This is a step-by-step guide with instructions for changing the encryption key on UCS E-Series blades which have SED drives installed using the MegaRaid bios. 

Hardware and Software used in this guide

  • UCS E-Series blade from generation M3
  • CIMC Version 3.2.6
  • BIOS Version 2.6
  • HDD with encryption capabilities (E100D-SED-12T)


In this guide we assume that drive security is already enabled and that the virtual KVM console is accessible.

Step-by-step instructions

Login to the CIMC Web GUI and launch the virtual KVM console.

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From the KVM console, power-on or reload the server. Wait for the MegaRAID BIOS to finish initialising and to show "Press <CTRL><R> to run MegaRAID Configuration Utility". Press CTRL-R to launch the MegaRAID configuration utility.

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In the MegaRAID configuration utility, select the MegaRAID controller and press F2. From the menus select "Drive Security" and then "Change security settings".Screenshot 2019-03-14 at 17.31.51.png


Input the new security key twice. Select "OK" to proceed. 

Note: The security key is case-sensitive. It must be between eight and thirty-two characters and contain at least one number, one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, and one non-alphanumeric character (e.g. < > @ +). The space character is not permitted.

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Provide the current security key and select "OK".

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Acknowledge the warning by selecting "YES".

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That's it. You have successfully changed the security key.

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