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The Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) is a comprehensive systems software and firmware update solution, which is delivered as a single ISO image. This post production SPP uses Smart Update Manager (SUM) as the deployment tool and contains updates for ProLiant Gen8 systems.
In order to reduce the frequency at which servers need to be updated, HPE is changing the packaging and delivery of the SPP.
Going forward, two types of SPPs will be released:
A single “Production SPP” that contains the firmware and drivers for the all of the production server generations, and
Multiple server generation specific “Post-Production SPPs” that contain the firmware and drivers for a specific post-production server generation (e.g. Gen8 only Post-Production SPP that contains the firmware and drivers for all of Gen8 server models).
When a server generation transitions to “Post-Production,” the firmware and drivers for that server generation are frozen, packaged together on a “Post-Production SPP,” and released. The “Post-Production SPP” is supported through the EOS (end of support) for that server generation, and all future firmware and driver updates are released as hot fixes. This eliminates the need for yearly updates.
The 2017.04.0 SPP is the last production SPP to contain components for the G7 and Gen8 server platforms. For additional information, please refer to Reducing Server Updates.
Addressed VMware firmware installation issues with the following components:
- HPE Broadcom NX1 Online Firmware Upgrade Utility for VMware
- Online Firmware Upgrade Utility (ESXi 6.0) for HPE Mellanox VPI (Ethernet and Infiniband mode) devices on VMware ESXi
- Online Firmware Upgrade Utility (ESXi 6.0) for HPE Mellanox Ethernet only adapters
No functional changes have been made to these firmware components; the updates are only needed for new installations.
Addressed VMware driver installation issues with the following component: HPE ProLiant Smart Array Controller Driver for VMware vSphere 6.0 (Driver Component) Version 2017.09.25 (B)
Included updated version of Fibre Channel (FC) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) driver to correct an occasional display of a purple diagnostic screen on VMware ESXi 5.5 and 6.0. This can happen when the driver receives a SCSI Check Condition response and perceives the SCSI Sense Data is either zero length or is invalid in the FCP_RSP field.
- Emulex Fibre Channel driver component for VMware vSphere 5.5 Version 2016.10.03
- Emulex Fibre Channel driver component for VMware vSphere 6.0 Version 2016.10.03
This release provides updates for Gen8 server platforms and adds support for vSphere 6.0 U3.
SPP release notes, Server Support Guide, OS Support Guide, as well as other release documents can be found here.
By downloading these products, you agree to the terms and conditions of the End User License Agreement(s) listed below. Refer to the documentation regarding using the image once downloaded to your environment.
NOTICE: Access to the SPP requires validation via the HPE Support Center. An active warranty or HPE support agreement is required to download the SPP. For more information, please view the SPP Warranty/Support Agreement Validation document; an HPE Passport login is required.
RECOMMENDATION: Before downloading, please complete the one-time association of a warranty or HPE Support Services to the user profile on the Contracts & Warranties page.
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Filter the SPP to create a customized download. Add SPP Supplements or reduce the download size by selecting pre-defined filter sets or choosing individual filter options.
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- What is a Post-Production SPP and why is HPE separating the SPP into a production and generation specific Post-Production SPPs?
- Which SPP should I use?
Server Generation Classification SPP to Use Gen10 and Gen9 Production Latest Version Gen8 Post-Production Gen8 Post-Production G7 Post-Production G7 Post-Production G6 and Older Post-Production Use the last SPP that contained the drivers and firmware for your server model(s).
- What is the support life for the Gen8 and G7 Post-Production SPP?
Post-Production SPP Support Life Gen8 Ends when HPE no longer supports the Gen8 server models G7 End when HPE no longer supports the G7 server models
- Will HPE release any future component updates for the Gen8 and G7 servers?
Yes, Gen8 and G7 component updates will be released as “Hot Fixes” (against the Gen8 and G7 Post-Production SPPs) to address security vulnerabilities and fix issues (on an as needed basis).
- How will I know if a “Hot Fix” has been released against the Gen8 or G7 Post-Production SPP?
Post-Production SPP Where will future Hot Fixes be listed? Gen8 Gen8 page - "Hot Fixes & Advisories" tab G7 G7 page - "Hot Fixes & Advisories" tab
- Can I download the Gen8 or G7 Post-Production SPPs with all of the “Hot Fixes” already included?
Yes, by downloading the “Full SPP” from the SPP Custom Download.
- How do I download the Gen8 and G7 Post-Production SPPs?
The preferred mechanism for downloading production and Post-Production SPPs is the SPP Custom Download. The Post-Production SPPs are also available for download from the SPP Download Page and HPE Support Center.
SPP Custom Download
- What do I need to know about creating a bootable ISO for offline use?
When booting the SPP for offline installs, only Linux firmware will be installed. The recommended filter settings for creating a bootable ISO for offline use are
- Component Types - Firmware
- Operating Systems - All versions of RHEL and SLES
- Does the Custom Download check for component installation dependencies?
No. Prior to using SPP Custom Download, please check component information to ensure dependencies are met BEFORE customizing the download. Please note, SUM does dependency checking during the installation phase. If dependencies are not met, SUM will notify that there are missing dependencies at installation time.
- How do I download from the SPP Custom Download page?
- Click on SPP Custom Download link
- Select the appropriate SPP
- Hover over the pre-built or Base SPP tile
- Click on the Download icon at the bottom right to start download
- If the browsers offers to save or open, select save
- How do I create my own download?
- Click on SPP Custom Download link
- Select the appropriate SPP
- Click on the "Create a new bundle" tile (plus sign tile)
- Complete the "Configure Your Bundle" step with the applicable information of your choice and press "Next: Select Filters" button
- Select filters as needed (no selection in any given category means everything in that category will be included)
- Click the "Build" button
- Preview selected components and click "Submit Build" button
- Upon submission the build request is queued and will be processed as soon as possible
- Build completion is indicated on the new tile or through email notification, if selected
- How does a filter work?
SPP Custom Download presents a list of the most common keywords listed by the components in the system.
- Choosing not to filter the results based on a category means that no restrictions are made for that category (e.g. no choices in the “Operating Systems” category means that all OSes will be included
- In some cases, components fail to specify keywords in a section and then only match if the section is unfiltered.
- In a section “no selection” MEANS “no filter”
- Can I do offline installs with my customized download?
Yes. For best offline results, select all Linux operating systems.
- My offline install shows no applicable components. What happened?
Linux was not included in the created download. The offline environment is Linux based and therefore requires Linux components.
- How do I get SPP Custom Download?
There is nothing to download. SPP Custom Download is an online service for filtering and downloading the SPP.
- What output formats are available?
SPP Custom Download can produce .zip and .iso formatted files.
- Are the .iso files bootable?
SPP Custom Download offers the option to include a boot environment or to make a smaller package by excluding the boot environment.
- Are SPP Custom Download generated payloads compatible with SUM?
Yes. SPP Custom Download generated deliverables are generated with the SUM custom baseline engine.
- Does SPP Custom Download replace SUM Custom Baseline?
No. SPP Custom Download offers a way for the user to filter the SPP before downloading. SPP Custom Download also is restricted to only offer combinations based on a single SPP and its supplements in order to retain the "tested together" results.
- Why are filter choices available that don't belong to the SPP that I selected?
Filter options shows the combination of filters appropriate for the set of SPPs currently carried on the SPP Custom Download service. Doing this allows a customer to create a set of filters that they can save and later re-use on several different SPP versions.
- How do I find the latest SPP for an old OS/hypervisor version (e.g. Windows 2008) whose components are no longer on the SPP?
Use the new SPP OS Guide
- What is the difference between SPP Online and SPP Offline Mode?
- Online mode - Runs on a Windows® or Linux hosted operating system
- Offline mode - Server boots to the SPP ISO (Bootable ISO only)
Offline Automatic mode - Firmware components update without interaction
Offline Interactive mode - Onscreen instructions guide the user to update firmware components
- How does SPP relate to Smart Update?
Smart Update, https://www.hpe.com/info/smartupdate, is the umbrella technology that encompasses several products, including both SUM and the SPP. The Smart Update website serves as a “one-stop shop” portal for SUM and the SPP, as well as other products.
- What is the difference between SPP and SUM?
The SPP is a delivery mechanism for the firmware and software components for ProLiant servers, options, and the HPE BladeSystem infrastructure, including enclosure components. SUM is the deployment tool used to plan, schedule, and deploy the components delivered with the SPP.
- What determines when an SPP is released?
SPP releases are driven by major ProLiant server releases, which occur several times a year. Although driven by the server releases, an SPP may not be released with every ProLiant server release. An SPP may also be released outside of a server release, so exceptions occur to the SPP’s delivery cycle alignment with major ProLiant server releases.
Last revised: Thursday, June 14, 2018