Hardware Management Console Readme

For use with Version 9 Release 1 Maintenance 910 (V9 R1 M910)

Updated: 30 October 2018
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Contents

These instructions contain the following information specific to the HMC V9 R1 M910 code level

Terminology

x86 -  This term is used to reference the legacy HMC that runs on x86/Intel/AMD  hardware for both the 7042 Machine Type appliances and the Virtual HMC that can run on the Intel hypervisors (KVM, VMWare, Xen).

ppc64 or ppc64le - describes the Linux code that is compiled to run on Power-based servers or LPARS (Logical Partitions)

Installation Notes


Note 1
: During the installation, the screen can pause or go blank. Press the space bar / scroll-lock to activate the display again.

Note 2: IBM is investigating a rare issue where the HMC upgrade may indefinitely hang at "Processing SaveHSCSystemUpgradeData.tar ....."
If the HMC stays at "Processing SaveHSCSystemUpgradeData.tar ....."  for more than one hour please contact IBM support for further problem determination.
As an additional precaution, you may wish to manually record settings prior to the upgrade so that the HMC could be rebuilt from a scratch install of V8 R8.7.0 if needed.
For a list of recommended settings to record see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1011269


HMC V9 R1 M910 Recovery Media - for 7042 Machine Type

This package represents the Recovery image that can be used to install HMC V9 R1 M910 on the 7042 machine type.

This Recovery image can be used to upgrade to HMC V9 R1 M910 from HMC V8 R8.6.0 or later.

You can reference the Recovery image by APAR MB04119 and PTF MH01733.

Package information (The x86 recovery media ISO image was repackaged on October 10, 2017.) 
Package name Size Checksum (sha1sum) APAR# PTF#

HMC_Recovery_V9R1M910_1_x86.iso

4223098880 8e616061bc6c2228cb504a755ea64c3a22b49374 MB04119 MH01733
Splash Panel information (or lshmc -V output)
After installing the Recovery package
"version= Version: 9
 Release: 1
 Service Pack: 910
HMC Build level 1803052221
","base_version=V9R1
"
The updated version of this readme is available in Fix Central : https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

HMC V9 R1 M910 Recovery Media - for 7063 Machine Type

This package represents the Recovery image that can be used to install HMC V9 R1 M910 on the 7063 machine type.

This Recovery image can be used to upgrade to HMC V9 R1 M910 from HMC V8 R8.7.0

You can reference the Recovery image by APAR MB04121 and PTF MH01735.

Package name Size Checksum (sha1sum) APAR# PTF#

HMC_Recovery_ V9R1M910_1_ppc.iso

4129568768 47efb0d8118706f09b2da91fb290c38b0fdb1e96 MB04121 MH01735
Splash Panel information (or lshmc -V output)
After installing the Recovery package
"version= Version: 9
 Release: 1
 Service Pack: 910
HMC Build level 1803052221
","base_version=V9R1
"
The updated version of this readme is available in Fix Central : https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

Upgrade notes

Enhancements and new function



This package provides the following fixes:

General fixes

Security fixes


Command line changes

Known issues and Limitations

Web browser requirements

Learn about the requirements your web browser must meet to monitor and control the HMC.

HMC web browser support requires HTML 2.0, JavaScript 1.0, Java™ Virtual Machine (JVM), Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 8 U144, and cookie support in browsers that will connect to the HMC. Contact your support personnel to assist you in determining if your browser is configured with a Java Virtual Machine. The web browser must use HTTP 1.1. If you are using a proxy server, HTTP 1.1 must be enabled for the proxy connections. Additionally, pop-ups must be enabled for all HMCs addressed in the browser if running with pop-ups disabled.

The following browsers have been tested:

Google Chrome

HMC V9 R1 M910 supports Google Chrome Version 62.03202.75.

Safari

HMC V9 R1 M910 supports Safari 11.0.1

Microsoft Internet Explorer

HMC V9 R1 M910 supports Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.
  • Browser security setting in internet zone. If you are running security mode in "Local intranet" mode, make sure you do not have any setting to detect intranet network; disable Compatibility view.
  • Browser zoom setting to 100%.

Mozilla Firefox

HMC V9 R1 M910 supports Mozilla Firefox Version 45 Extended Support Release (ESR) and Mozilla Firefox Version 52 Extended Support Release (ESR). Ensure that the JavaScript options to raise or lower windows and to move or resize existing windows are enabled. To enable these options, click the Content tab in the browser's Options dialog, click Advanced next to the Enable JavaScript option, and then select the Raise or lower windows option and the Move or resize existing windows options. Use these options to easily switch between HMC tasks. For more information about the latest Mozilla Firefox ESR levels, see Security Advisories for Firefox ESR.

Clearing the Browser Cache

In Microsoft Internet Explorer
  1. Open the Browser
  2. Select Tools
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Under Browser History, select Delete
  5. Check "Temporary Internet files and websites files" and "Cookies and website data"
  6. Click on Delete

In Mozilla Firefox

1. In the top-right corner of the browser window click the menubutton
    Choose History, and then Clear Recent History.
    In time range to clear, select "Everything"
    In the Details section, select "Cookies" and "Cache"
    Click on "Clear now"
2. In the top-right corner of the browser window click the menu button
    Choose Options > Advanced > Network >
    In "Offline Web Content and User Data" section click on "Clear Now"

In Google Chrome

1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu
    Choose History.
    Click the button Clear browsing data. A dialog will appear.
    From the drop-down menu, select "the beginning of time."
    Check the boxes "Cookies, site, and plug-in data" and "Cache"
    Click the button Clear browsing data.
2. Open the following URL with the Chrome browser: chrome://appcache-internals/
    If there is an entry related to the target hmc, click the corresponding "Remove" link

Other web browser considerations

Session cookies need to be enabled in order for ASMI to work when connected to HMC remotely. The ASM proxy code saves session information and uses it.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Click the Privacy tab and select Advanced.
  3. Determine whether Always allow session cookies is checked.
  4. If not checked, select Override automatic cookie handling and Always allow session cookies.
  5. For the First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies, choose block, prompt, or accept. Prompt is preferred, in which case you are prompted every time a site tries to write cookies. Some sites need to be allowed to write cookies.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click Tools > Options.
  2. Click the Cookies Tab.
  3. Select Allow sites to set cookies.
    If you want to allow only specific sites, select Exceptions, and add the HMC to allow access.

BMC Browser requirements

To access local console in OpenPower environment required the following browser requirements with JRE Plugin Version 8 U144

Installation for the 7042 Machine Type

Installation instructions for HMC Version 8 upgrades and corrective service can be found at these locations:

Instructions and images for upgrading via a remote network install can be found here:

Installation methods for vHMC
https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER8/p8hai/p8hai_installvhmc.htm




Installing HMC in the OpenPower Environment, 7063 Machine type 

 Setup and cabling of the 7063-CR1:
  https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER9/p9hai/p9hai_cabling7063.htm

The 7063-CR1 uses a BMC based service processor that provides remote management capability:
https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER9/p9eih/p9eih_kickoff.htm

The most current version of the install procedure for the HMC is here:
https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER9/p9hai/p9hai_configure7063.htm

Note: Use of an external USB 3.0 DVD device on the 7063-CR1 will require use of a y-cable connected to 2 USB ports in order to power the device properly.

Virtual HMC Installation for x86 hypervisors

Installation Images 

Appliance (vHMC) install images are available at the Entitled Systems Support site (ESS): http://www-304.ibm.com/servers/eserver/ess/OpenServlet.wss .  You must be entitled to Product ID 5765-HMV or 5765-HMW in order to download 5765-HMW from the ESS site.

Upgrade of 5765-HMV to 5765-HMW is supported.

Fixes, mandatory fixes and service packs for the vHMC are common to the Power Hardware management console (HMC) and will be available at IBM Fix Central.

The splash panel information (lshmc -V output) for the vHMC will be the same as for the HMC recovery DVD that is documented in the above description section.

Installation guidance for installing the vHMC into your hypervisor is found in the IBM Knowledge Center. Installation procedures may vary depending on the operating system you use and the hypervisor you use.

A feature of the vHMC is the activation engine which allows you to preconfigure the HMC Console by passing configuration information to the HMC at the first boot of the HMC, when using these images. Please look at the on-line Knowledge Center documentation on using the Activation Engine feature.

Notes for the Virtual Appliance for  x86 hypervisors
  • The supported hypervisors for x86 are
    • VMWARE ESXi 6.0 or higher
    • KVM on Red Hat RHEL7 or higher
    • Xen 4.2 or higher on SLES 12
  • There are now two images for the VMWare ESXi Server, one is for ESXi 6.0 and the other for ESXi 6.5. This is due to differences in the encoding of the OVA images. SHA1 for ESXi 6.0 , SHA256 for ESXi 6.5
  • The processor on the systems hosting vHMC for x86 must have either Intel VT-x or AMD-V Hardware Virtualization enabled.
Notice: Download of the Power Hardware Management Virtual Appliance (vHMC) install images are available at the Entitled Systems Support site (ESS): http://www-304.ibm.com/servers/eserver/ess/OpenServlet.wss . Entitlement for Product ID 5765-HMW or 5765-HMV is needed to download from the ESS site. Fixes, mandatory fixes and service packs for this product are common to the Power Hardware Management Console Appliance (HMC) and will be available from Fix Central site.
Package name Size Checksum (sha1sum)
VHMC_ESX_SHA1_V9R1M910_1.tgz
4391995119
ec1ac6b82c2bc1df531dd1e53a497d922c2e4804
VHMC_ESX_SHA256_V9R1M910_1.tgz
4391995159
61fa72f666176ddb6e467593be27c2de92e4bd29
VHMC_KVM_V9R1M910_1.tgz
4221719193
ea800f290ef260a8e2937b9e8cd3aa97511160da
VHMC_XEN_V9R1M910_1.tgz
4221732923
3c9415677367cdb8c6ed5a9e62fa7d7a79e14229


Installation methods for vHMC on x86 hypervisors
http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER8/p8hai/p8hai_installvhmc.htm


Virtual HMC for PowerVM LPARS

Installation Images 

Download of the Power Hardware Management Virtual Appliance (vHMC) install images are available at the Entitled Systems Support site (ESS): http://www-304.ibm.com/servers/eserver/ess/OpenServlet.wss . You must be entitled to Product ID 5765-HMA or 5765-HMB in order to download 5765-HMB from the ESS site.

Upgrade of 5765-HMA to 5765-HMB is supported.

Fixes, mandatory fixes and service packs for the vHMC are common to the Power Hardware management console (HMC) and are available at IBM Fix Central.

The splash panel information (lshmc -V output) for the vHMC will be the same as for the HMC recovery DVD that is documented in the above description section for the 7063 Machine type.

Installation guidance for installing the vHMC into your hypervisor are found in the Online Knowledge Center. Installation procedures may vary depending on the operating system you use and the hypervisor you use. 

Notes for the Virtual Appliance for PowerVM :
  • On Power9 servers, the HMC Virtual Appliance for PowerVM must run in Power8 compatibility mode, for this release.
  • The HMC Virtual Appliance for PowerVM   does not provide graphics adapter support for adapters assign to the partition. Use a supported web browser to point to the HMC for UI support.
  • DLPAR operations such as memory and processor moves for HMCs running in an LPAR are not supported.
  • Inactive partition migration and Simplified Remote Restart operations are supported.
  • The virtual appliance for PowerVM requires a Power8 or Power9 server that is enabled for little endian support. Minimum System Firmware 860 recommended for Power8 servers.
  • vHMC for PowerVM cannot manage the server it is hosted on.
Notice: Download of the Power Hardware Management Virtual Appliance (vHMC) install images are available at the Entitled Systems Support site (ESS): http://www-304.ibm.com/servers/eserver/ess/OpenServlet.wss . Entitlement for Product ID 5765-HMB or 5765-HMA is needed to download from the ESS site. Fixes, mandatory fixes and service packs for this product are common to the Power Hardware Management Console Appliance (HMC) and will be available from Fix Central site.
Package name Size Checksum (sha1sum)
VHMC_PPC_LPAR_V9R1M910_1.iso
4129568768
47efb0d8118706f09b2da91fb290c38b0fdb1e96


Installation of vHMC for LPARs:
http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/POWER8/p8hai/p8hai_vhmc_pvm.htm


General Virtual HMC notes



National Language Support (Supported languages)

Languages

Locales

English

en_US,en_AU,en_BE,en_BE@preeuro,en_CA,en_GB,en_GB@euro,en_HK,en_IE,en_IE@preeuro,en_IN,en_NZ,en_PH,en_PK,en_SG,en_ZA

Catalan

ca_ES, ca_ES@preeuro

German

de_DE, de_DE@preeuro, de_CH, de_AT, de_AT@preeuro, de_LU, de_LU@preeuro

French

fr_FR, fr_FR.UTF-8, fr_CH, fr_CA, fr_BE, fr_BE@preeuro, fr_LU, fr_LU@preeuro

Italian

it_IT, it_IT@preeuro, it_CH

Spanish

es_ES, es_ES@preeuro, es_AR, es_BO, es_CL, es_CO, es_CR, es_DO, es_EC,es_SV, es_GT, es_HN, es_MX, es_NI, es_PA, es_PY,es_PE, es_PR, es_US, es_UY,es_VE

Brazilian Portuguese

pt_BR

Portugal Portuguese

pt_PT, pt_PT@preeuro

Polish

pl_PL, pl_PL.UTF-8, pl_PL@euro,pl_PL@preeuro

Japanese

Ja_JP

Simplified Chinese

zh_CN, zh_SG

Traditional Chinese

zh_TW, zh_HK

Korean

ko_KR

Hungarian

hu_HU, hu_HU.UTF-8,hu_HU@euro,hu_HU@preeuro

Dutch

nl_NL, nl_NL@preeuro, nl_BE, nl_BE@preeuro

Russian

ru_RU

Czech

cs_CZ, cs_CZ.UTF-8,cs_CZ@euro,cs_CZ@preeuro

Slovakian

sk_SK, sk_SK.UTF-8,sk_SK@euro,sk_SK@preeuro


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