How can firmware and driver updates be automated on HP servers and BladeSystems? HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM) is an innovative tool for firmware and driver maintenance on HP ProLiant and Integrity Servers, BladeSystem enclosures, Moonshot systems, and options. It provides a browser-based GUI and a command-line scriptable interface for increased flexibility and adaptability to customer needs. HP SUM has an integrated discovery engine that finds the installed hardware and current versions of firmware and software on target servers and identifies associated targets that should be updated in conjunction with each other, to avoid interdependency issues.

It is preloaded with all relevant interdependency information from our extensive lab testing before each SPP release. HP SUM does not require an agent for remote installations, because it copies a replica of itself to each of the target servers only for the duration of the installation.

What's new

  • The HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM) Version 7.1.0 will support the new Gen9 servers, options and OSes
  • Firmware update scalability capabilities with iLO Federation technology
  • Baseline enhancements including validation, assigning baselines in guided mode, dynamic filtering, filtering by server model and the ability to download baselines from http server
  • Deployment enhancement include the addition of live logs providing detailed information of target update process, drive firmware for elected HDDs, service guard and HP-US low disk space warning
  • Deployment of VMware VIBs and Linux firmware RPMs

Features

Increases Ease of Server Management

HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM) enables easy discovery and update of all supported devices, including all HP ProLiant and Integrity servers, BladeSystem infrastructure and Moonshot systems.
HP Smart Update Manager provides a browser-based graphical user interface (GUI) as well as command-line scripting (CLI) and interactive CLI user modes for flexibility in the update process.
The browser-based set up of the graphical user interface, offers increased configuration flexibility.
Integrated information on dependencies, including those of the Onboard Administrator and HP Virtual Connect, based on extensive testing of each Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP).
In combination with Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP), HP delivers a complete solution for keeping HP systems up and running with the latest firmware and drivers.

Increased Performance and Flexibility

HP Smart Update Manager operates without the need for agents or other permanently installed software on the target nodes.
Scalable with iLO Federation and Federation groups to update multiple servers at the same time.

Simplified Delivery of ProLiant System Software

The HP Smart Update Manager (HP SUM) provides shorter qualification cycles for customers, due to extensive interdependency testing of each Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) and pre-loading all interdependency results into HP SUM.
Extremely efficient architecture of the HP Smart Update solution leads to a powerful, yet lightweight application with excellent scalability both standalone as well as integrated with HP SIM and HP OneView.
Extensive support of online firmware and driver updates, requiring only a single reboot to activate which leads to minimal downtime.
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