Updating a (DatacCore) ProLiant server using HP SUM


Today I had to do some maintenance updates on a customer’s Datacore SAN which is based on HP ProLiant servers. Some days ago I read about a tool called HP Smart Update Manager which comes as standalone tool or even better, integrated with the “Service Pack for ProLiant” bundle. By the way the Service Pack for ProLiant seem to replace the old HP Smart Update CD/DVD.

A cool feature is that the tool not only updates drivers and firmware, it also updates /deploys the HP System Tools like the HP System Management Homepage or the new HP Smart Storage Administrator.

However I downloaded the latest version of the full SPP ISO and put an extracted copy on the files on to the C:\ drive of both DataCore servers. To launch SUM navigate to:

<SSP folder>\hp\swpackages\hpsum.exe

There is no installation needed, the tools is instantly ready to go.SUM1SUM2

At this point you can choose between the local repository inside the SPP or even connect to the online repository. In addition to that you can configure some of the components that will be installed on the system, like SNMP settings, IP bindings, etc.

Then you can head on to provide some proper credentials for your localhostSUM6

The next step is to select the desired components/bundles. By default all components are selected but there are some bundle you may won’t upgrade. For example the HP Storage Fibre Channel Adapter (storport) drivers.SUM8

The reason for this is that they will replace all the DataCore FC-HBA driver installed on the HBAs.

FC_drivers_HP

In case this happens you will need to re-install/rollback to the DataCore FC drivers

DCdriverUpd FC_drivers_DC

But sometimes it can be useful to go through this procedure. I’ve checked the release notes of the HP FC drivers which also include a firmware upgrade:

9.1.10.27

This driver loads firmware version 5.06.05.

However if you selected all desired components you can hit the “Install” button and all components will be deployed. I guess it’s needless to say that this will require at least one reboot. After the first reboot there were still two components waiting for an update, so you may want to run the SUM a second time. SUM11

If needed the SUM can generate a simple report which shows the version of the installed competes which can be really handy to get an overview across all components. The report won’t list the FC HBAs as long as the DataCore drivers are installed.

In the end I have to say that the updates went really smooth and I only can encourage you guys to give it a try.

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