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HP Discover US 2014. The Day 2 Buzz

June 12th, 2014 No comments


Day 2 of HPs conference juggernaut continued today.

Converged Infrastructure and SDDC

First up I attended another Coffee Talk on Converged Infrastructure in relation to SDDC. lots of talk about what SDDC is, not much from HP on what that means in terms of software products but I think I worked it out later. People may have a definition of SDDC as requiring commodity hardware but could you have SDDC if it requires specific hardware from a vendor? conceptually I don’t have a problem with than, its ll about definitions.

Discussion turned to 3PAR and different control planes, admin, user, self-service and application, all seen as SDDC.

Point also made that software anything still needs hardware to run on. There is no SDDC without hardware. Hardware may be being driven to commodity and utility but its still important. My worry is HP is still putting a huge amount of investment in hardware but will anyone be willing to pay enough for it?

Also talk about management product conversion for SDDC, what HP is doing with OneView.

Something HP do have in their favour as on the infrastructure side as a hardware company is they can integrate with anyone, VMware, Microsoft, OpenStack etc. Anyone can bring their software stack to HPs hardware, makes them have a broader appeal than VCE for instance or other converged infrastructures that only do VMware. HP very much wants to be vendor agnostic but sees its future in open source but very much at enterprise level. I see HP trying to bring the messy uncontrolled way of open source into their risk adverse enterprise customers. Save costs with open source, don’t be tied to a software vendor but let HP handle the provisioning of your infrastructure on whatever platform or cloud you want is the sales pitch I think. HP can be your enterprise best friend.

I spotted some SDDC slides later in the day showing how HP software relating to VMware fitted into the HP SDDC world. Spot the three different Vmware,Vmware,VMWare spellings!

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HP Discover US 2014. The Day 1 Buzz

June 11th, 2014 No comments



This week I’ve been lucky to be invited by HP to their annual HP Discover conference in Las Vegas. As I’ve been working with HP technology and it’s predecessors for so long, I really couldn’t miss an opportunity to dive deeper into the world of HP and be able to find out more about the myriad of technologies HP is involved in.

Yesterday I travelled for 15 hours from London to Las Vegas via San Francisco and after all that travel headed out to the London Eye in Vegas, well, rather the High Roller, the worlds largest Ferris wheel and met up with the other invited bloggers and social media for spectacular views of the strip.

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HP Discover here I come!

June 2nd, 2014 No comments

imageI’m very excited that HP has invited me to attend HP Discover in Las Vegas next week as a blogger. It’s going to be an intense few days, 15 hours of travel each way for 2.5 days of HP Discover!

I’m particularly looking forward to speaking to HP product managers and executives and chatting to other bloggers and attendees to get a sense of what’s new with the “new” HP.


Product wise, I’m first of all keen to delve deeper into HP OneView, HP’s converged infrastructure manager which aims to finally bring together HP’s disparate management tools, ultimately replacing HP SIM which I really don’t like and incorporating Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager. HP OneView runs as a virtual appliance and you pull in your servers, iLOs, chassis, Virtual Connects etc. where they can be managed and reported on from one place. It has an API so you can finally script against it with PowerCLI and other tools which cannot come soon enough.


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HP releases new Service Pack for ProLiant to fix Heartbleed bugs & Broadcom nic deaths

April 29th, 2014 No comments

HP has released a new version of its Service Pack for Proliant 2014.02.(B). (B) designates the new version

This update includes the fixes for Heartbleed as well as the bug that can fry your G2-G6 Broadcom Nics.

It looks as though HP has only released the Full ISO image and not the blade/rack mount versions. (Please HP can you rather create a Windows everything image and a RHEL everything one rather than segregating on blade/rack mount as well as Window/RHEL)


  • HP Onboard Administrator for Windows and Linux version 4.12 replaced 4.11
  • HP System Management Homepage for Windows and Linux version 7.3.2 replaced
  • HP Integrated Lights-Out 2 for Windows and Linux version 2.25 replaced 2.23
  • HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Firmware, Ethernet plus 4/8Gb 20-port and 8Gb 24-port FC Edition Component for Windows and Linux version 4.10(b) replaced 4.10
  • HP Smart Update Manager version 6.3.1 replaced 6.2.0
  • HP Proliant G2-G6 Broadcom Comprehensive Configuration Management Firmware issue with version 7.8.21
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WARNING: HP G2-G6 server nics killed by firmware update in HP SPP 2014.02

April 25th, 2014 6 comments

UPDATE 29/04/2014

HP has released an updated HP Service Pack for Proliant which fixes the issue.


HP has released a very serious customer advisory saying that some Broadcom Nics which are used in G2-G6 servers and blades could be killed by a firmware update component in their HP Service Pack for Proliant 2014.02.

Using HPSUM, HP SPP or Smart Components for VMware to update the “Comprehensive Configuration Management” (CCM) firmware version to 7.8.21 can kill the nics which would require a hardware swap out to fix!

I would suggest immediately removing the update from HPSUM or the SPP.

If you absolutely need to update the firmware, you can run the component manually and chose not to update CCM.

Affected Nics:

Any HP ProLiant server with any of the following Broadcom Nics:

  • HP NC373T PCIe Multifunction Gig Server Adapter
  • HP NC373F PCIe Multifunction Gig Server Adapter
  • HP NC373i Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC374m PCIe Multifunction Adapter
  • HP NC373m Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC324i PCIe Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC326i PCIe Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC326m PCI Express Dual Port Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC325m PCIe Quad Port Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC320i PCIe Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC320m PCI Express Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC382i DP Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC382T PCIe DP Multifunction Gigabit Server Adapter
  • HP NC382m DP 1GbE Multifunction BL-c Adapter
  • HP NC105i PCIe Gigabit Server Adapter

HP SPP Components


  • CP018941.scexe and CP018942.scexe – v2.9.21
  • CP021160.scexe and CP021161.scexe – v2.9.24
  • CP021536.scexe and CP021537.scexe – v2.9.26
  • CP021068.scexe and CP021069.scexe – v2.10.15
  • CP023112.scexe and CP023113.scexe – v2.10.16


  • cp018467.exe and cp018468.exe – v4.0.0.22
  • cp021534.exe and cp021535.exe – v4.0.0.22 (B)
  • cp021547.exe and cp021547.exe – v


  • CP019762.scexe – v1.0.21
  • CP021532.scexe – v1.0.21.3
  • CP021849.scexe – v1.1.10

Wow, that’s a big one, I thought the days of terrible Broadcom firmware updates were beyond us, I guess not!

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HP Server software affected by HeartBleed: OA, SUM, SMH & iLO

April 16th, 2014 4 comments

Heartbleed Bug

UPDATE 29/04/2014

HP has released an updated HP Service Pack for Proliant which contains the Heartbleed fixes.

UPDATE: 22/04/2014

A new issue has been spotted where although iLO devices are not affected by Heartbleed, running a vulnerability scanner against iLO and iLO2 ports can cause the device to lock up which requires you to physically remove the power or reset the blade to get back iLO functionality.

HP has also updated its advisories to include fixes for SMH, SUM and partly for OA.




The world has been scrambling to understand and mitigate the effects of the HeartBleed SSL vulnerability.

HP has released information about which of its server management products are affected by HeartBleed.

The good news is that the following products are NOT affected.

  • Virtual Connect
  • Integrated Lights Out (iLO) 2, 3, 4
  • HP Insight Control Server Provisioning
  • System Management Homepage (SMH) HP-UX
  • HP OneView
  • Systems Insight Manager
  • NonStop SSL
  • iTP WebServer for NonStop Servers
  • Onboard Administrator for NonStop Integrity Platforms
  • HP-UX
  • OpenVMS

The following products ARE affected and as yet there are no fixes.

Check back with the linked security bulletins or sign up to get HP Security Bulletin alerts at

HP System Management Homepage (SMH) Linux and Windows

HP has updated the advisory below with new versions of SMH


The following versions are affected: 7.1.2, 7.2, 7.2.1, 7.2.2, 7.3, 7.3.1

No fix as yet, no suggestion from HP as to what to do, best not to access it then unless on a secure and isolated private management network.

If you’ve deployed HP agents to all your servers and include the SMH as is the default, get ready, you’re going to have to update all of your servers, if you thought your impact was limited, think again!

HP Onboard Administrator (OA)

HP has released a new 4.12 version, if you have 4.20 you can downgrade to 4.12 or wait for an update to 4.20. See the advisory below for the updated information.


Versions 4.11 and 4.20 are affected, there is no fix as yet, the only current option is to downgrade your version.

HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM)

HPSUM 6.3.1 has been released although the advisory has not yet been updated 


Versions 6.0.0 through to 6.3.0 are affected, HP recommend limiting HP SUM usage to a secure and isolated private management network

Integrated Lights Out (iLO)

Document: c04249852

Although iLO devices are not affected by Heartbleed, there is another software bug which means if you run a vulnerability scanner against iLO and iLO2 ports it can cause the device to lock up which requires you to physically remove the power or reset the blade to get back iLO functionality. iLO3 and iLO4 are not affected.

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HP releases Virtual Connect 4.2, adds sFlow

April 14th, 2014 1 comment

HP has a minor but recommended update for its Virtual Connect firmware to 4.20 which adds sFlow monitoring support which didn’t make it into the final Virtual Connect 4.01 along with support for a new HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric-20/40 F8 Module.

Some of the older Virtual Connect switches are being retired from a software support perspective so be aware that beginning with VC 3.70, the HP 1/10Gb VC Enet Module (399593-B22) and the HP 1/10Gb-F VC Enet Module (447047-B21) are no longer supported. Beginning with VC 4.10, the HP 4Gb VC-FC Module (409513-B21) is no longer supported.

There are quite a few fixes in this release so make sure you read the Release Notes.

There is also a serious bug to do with file permissions which means the config may not be saved so ensure you have a look at OA Customer Advisory c02639172 to see if any changes you have made may not be kept.

If you have multiple enclosures linked together, you should NOT upgrade directly from VC 2.x but rather upgrade first to 3.7 or 4.1 and then on to 4.2. This is due to a big that can cause a network outage.

You will need to use the 1.9 Virtual Connect Support Utility update the firmware which was released last September.

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HP charging for firmware updates is shortsighted

February 20th, 2014 1 comment

HP has decided that going forward it will only provide firmware updates to customers who have a valid warranty for their equipment which normally means purchasing a support agreement or HP Care Pack.


The server market is a tough one with low margins. IBM has decided they can’t be bothered and have flogged their x86 business to Lenovo. HP has been going through a tough time recently with widespread redundencies and is obviously under pressure both to get a handle on costs and increase revenue so is looking to ensure it can extract maximum extra value from its hardware sales.

HP’s announcement says:

This decision reinforces our goal to provide access to the latest HP firmware, which is valuable intellectual property, for our customers who have chosen to maximize and protect their IT investments. We know this is a change from how we’ve done business in the past; however, this aligns with industry best practices and is the right decision for our customers and partners.

Our customers under warranty or support coverage will not need to pay for firmware access, and we are in no way trying to force customers into purchasing extended coverage. That is, and always will be, a customer’s choice.

This is a shortsighted and misguided change which will hurt HP and is certainly not the “right decision” for their customers and partners.

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HP updates Virtual Connect to 4.10 and OA to 4.01, adds IPv6, SR-IOV, hiding FlexNics

October 28th, 2013 2 comments

Virtual Connect

HP has released a new version 4.10 of its Virtual Connect firmware for use in HP Blade Chassis. 4.10 is a minor update compared to the release of Virtual Connect 4.01 which added major functionality.

Virtual Connect 4.10 add IPv6 functionality which requires HP Service Pack for Proliant (SPP) 2013.09.0 (B), Onboard Administrator firmware 4.01 and minimum iLO firmware of 1.30.

The ability to hide unused FlexNics from the OS has been added which is very helpful. FlexNics that don’t have a mapping to any server profile connections are not presented to the OS. This means even if you have a full complement of 8 FlexNics defined in your profile but only map 4, your OS will only see 4 Nics rather than 8.

There is a new auto-deployment feature which allows you to configure a Virtual Connect domain from a centralised location using DHCP and TFTP.

SR-IOV support has also been added for direct VM access bypassing the vSwitch on certain FLBs and mezz cards for Gen 8 servers as well as BL620c G7 and BL680c G7.

There are a number of bug fixes as well including some Cisco DAC cables reporting as “Linked/Uncertified” when they should work.

Make sure to read the Release Notes in case there is anything else that may trip you up.

There is also an updated Virtual Connect Support Utility which can be used to update the firmware.

Onboard Administrator

HP has also released an update to the Onboard Administrator firmware to 4.01 which adds IPv6 support, a few new hardware models and a list of bug fixes.

There is a problem with Emulex firmware prior to version 4.1.450.7 that can result in SmartLink otherwise known as Device Control Channel (DCC) not working with a 10Gb physical link when you have full height blades. When you upgrade the OA, you may lose network connectivity. Update the NIC firmware and look at Customer Advisory c03600027 before upgrading the OA.

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HP updates its customised images for VMware ESXi 5.5/5.1

October 25th, 2013 No comments

HP has updated its ESXi customised images to reflect the recent release of ESXi 5.5 as well as its September 2013 Service Pack for Proliant.

HP’s customised images are fully integrated sets of specific drivers and software that are tested to work together. You can see the list of Driver Versions in HP supplied VMware ESX/ESXi images.

I have done an extensive update of my HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 & VMware ESX(i) pre-requisites post which includes these new customised images.

HP Custom Image for VMware ESXi 5.5.0 GA – September 2013:

HP Custom Image for VMware ESXi 5.1 Update 1 – September 2013:

The new and updated features for the HP vSphere 5.5 /5.1 customised Images for September 2013 include:

  • Provider Features
    • Report Smart array driver name and version.
    • Report SAS driver name and version.
    • Report SCSI driver name and version
    • Report Firmware version of ‘System Programmable Logic Device’.
    • Report SPS/ME firmware.
    • Added SCSI HBA Provider.
    • Report IdentityInfoType and IdentityInfoValue for PowerControllerFirmware class.
    • IPv6 support for OA and iLO.
    • Report Memory DIMM part number for HP Smart Memory.
    • Added new ‘Test SNMP Trap’.
    • Updated reporting of memory configuration to align with iLO and health Driver.
  • AMS features
    • Report running SW processes to HP Insight Remote Support.
    • Report vSphere 5.5 SNMP agent management IP and enable VMware vSphere 5.5 SNMP
    • agent to report iLO4 management IP.
    • IML logging for NIC, and SAS traps.
    • Limit AMS log file size and support log redirection as defined by the ESXi host parameter:
    • ScratchConfig.ConfiguredScratchLocation
  • Utilities features
    • HPTESTEVENT – New utility to generate test WBEM indication and test SNMP trap.
    • HPSSACLI – New utility to replace hpacucli
    • HPONCFG – HPONCFG utility, displays the Server Serial Number along with the Server Name when using hponcfg –g switch, to extract the Host System Information.
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