Hardware Management Console Readme

Version 9 Release 1 Maintenance 942 (V9 R1 M942) README

Date: 12 December 2020
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Contents

The information in this Readme contains the fix list and other package information about the Hardware Management Console.

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)

DNS - Domain Name Server

GUI - Graphical user interface

vHMC - Virtual HMC. The HMC appliance that runs in supported VM Hypervisors



PTF MH01876 HMC V9 R1.942.0 Service Pack - for 7042 Machine Types or vHMC for x86 hypervisors (5765-HMW)

This package represents a service pack image that can be used to update your HMC from HMC V9 R1.910.0 to the HMC V9 R1.942.0 Service Pack.  You can also reference this package by PTF MH01876 and APAR MB04268. 
Package information
Package name Size Checksum (sha1sum) APAR# PTF#
HMC_Update_V9R1M942_x86.iso 4186636288 394ba360602dd14831737a920d8a50906e70f234
MB04268 MH01876
Splash Panel information (or lshmc -V output)

"version= Version: 9
 Release: 1
Service Pack: 942
HMC Build level 2011270432
MH01876 - HMC V9R1 M942
 ","base_version=V9R1
"



PTF MH01877 HMC V9 R1.942.0 Service Pack - for 7063 Machine Types or vHMC for PowerVM (5765-HMB)

This package represents a service pack image that can be used to update your HMC from HMC V9 R1.910.0 to the HMC V9 R1.942.0 Service Pack.  You can also reference this package PTF MH01877 and APAR MB04269. 
  • Service packs are cumulative and will include all the interim fixes for the PTFs released up to and including the last service pack(s) for this HMC version. Please read the individual Readme files for each PTF to see the list of fixes.
  • Installation notes:
    • For HMCs at V9R1 M931 or earlier, install prereq fix MH01854 and then update to V9R1M942.
    • For HMCs at V9R1 M940 update to V9R1M942.


Package information
Package name Size Checksum (sha1sum) APAR# PTF#
HMC_Update_V9R1M942_ppc.iso 4180641792 10d4dc631773b465f104b21f8b7d896fd054a9c9
MB04269 MH01877
Splash Panel information (or lshmc -V output)

"version= Version: 9
 Release: 1
 Service Pack: 942
HMC Build level 2011270432
MH01860 - HMC V9R1 M941
MH01877 - HMC V9R1 M942
 "," base_version=V9R1 
"

EOS of x86 Hardware Appliance

HMC V9 R1 is the last release to support the 7042 machine type.  HMC V9R2 will support the 7063 machine type and Virtual HMC Appliances (x86/ppc64le) only.
Note: iFixes and Service packs for V9 R1 will be supported on 7042 machine types until EoS of V9 R1.


Install notes

Electronic Service Agent may fail to start after the mandatory restart of the PTF install.   This can impact services such as call home of inventory. 

To verify if the service successfully started run the command:
netstat -ln | grep 5024

One line showing port 5024 in LISTEN states indicates the service successfully started.  No action is needed. 
Successful example: tcp6       0      0 :::5024                 :::*                    LISTEN

If no output is returned the HMC should be rebooted to restart the services (hmcshutdown -r -t now).

New function

List of fixes

General fixes
Security fixes


Known issues and limitations

VRMF (Version, Release, Maintenance, Fix Level) format for the V9

The differences in the VRMF with Version 8 & prior vs Version 9 & later is depicted in the following table:


V8 & prior
V9 & higher
Further explanation
V = Version
8
9
Maps to Power Family
R = Release
810,820…
1,2,3…
In V8, release mapped to the firmware release.
In V9, release increments when an upgrade is required.
M = Mod
0,1,2…
910,920…
In V8, mod mapped to a service pack.
In V9, mod maps the first 2 digits to the service firmware release.
In V9, the third digit maps to the HMC service pack.
F = Fix
Not used
1,2,3…
V9 only.  The fix level increments for each interim fix (a PTF released between service packs).  lshmc -V output will list the PTF number associated with fix.  lshmc -v "*RM" field will list the Fix level.



Web browser requirements

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

To access HMC through a remote browser in a Windows 7 environment, you must have a minimum/default of 1600x900 screen resolution.

HMC web browser support requires HTML 2.0, JavaScript 1.0, Java™ Virtual Machine (JVM), Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Version 8 U151, 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

This HMC version supports Google Chrome Version 73 (Official Build) (64-bit).

Safari

This HMC version supports Safari 11.1

Mozilla Firefox

This HMC version supports Mozilla Firefox Version 60.5 Extended Support Release (ESR) and Mozilla Firefox Version 60.6 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.

Safari

This HMC version supports Safari Browser Version 12.0.3

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.

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.


Installation


Installation instructions for HMC Version 9 upgrades and corrective service can be found at these locations:

Updating, upgrading, and migrating your HMC machine code

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

HMC V9 network installation images and installation instructions


Virtual HMC Installation for x86 hypervisors

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-HMW or 5765-HMV 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

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

After the upgrade, install the mandatory fix using the instructions at Installation methods for HMC Version 8 fixes



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 :


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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