New HP Proliant Releases (Sep 2012)

  • September 2012 VMware FW and Software Recipe

  • HP BladeSystem c-Class Virtual Connect Firmware 3.70

    Release Notes:


    Version 3.70 of Virtual Connect contains support for the following enhancements:

    Support for new hardware:

    o HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 Server series
    o HP ProLiant WS460c Gen8 Workstation series
    o HP Virtual Connect Flex-10/10D Module
    o HP 7m C-series Active Copper SFP+ cables (QK701A)
    o HP 10m C-series Active Copper SFP+ cables (QK702A)
    o Cisco 7m copper active Twinax cables (SFP-H10GB-ACU7M)
    o Cisco 10m copper active Twinax cables (SFP-H10GB-ACU10M)

    • Virtual Connect Direct-Attach Fibre Channel for HP P10000 3PAR Storage Systems, HP 3PAR T-Class and F-Class Storage Systems

    • Manageability enhancements:

    o VCM GUI access to telemetry information
    o Advanced telemetry and statistics for Link Aggregation Groups and FlexNICs
    o GUI access to the FC Port Statistics for HP FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Modules
    o Improvements to the Statistics Throughout display and data collection
    o Display of factory default MACs and WWNs in server profiles
    o Added an FC/FCoE “Connect To” field to help identify how server ports are connected to the uplink ports
    o LLDP enhancements to more easily identify VC Ethernet modules on the network
    o Improvements to the display of the MAC Address table to show the network name and VLAN ID where the MAC address was learned, as well as display of the LAG membership table

    • VCM GUI/CLI task progress activity indicator for predefined VCM operations

    • Security enhancements:

    o Support for 2048 bit SSL certificates and configurable SSL-CSR
    o Activity logging improvements for TACACS+ accounting
    o Option to disable local account access when LDAP, RADIUS, or TACACS+ authentication is enabled
    o Increased the default VCM local user account minimum required password length  Languages 5

    SNMP access security to prevent access from unauthorized management station”

    • SmartLink failover improvements
    • IGMP “NoFlood” option when IGMP snooping is enabled

    • Browser support:
    o Internet Explorer 8 and 9
    o Firefox 10 and 11

    • Firmware upgrade rollback from a previous firmware upgrade without domain deletion

  • HP Service Pack for ProLiant 2012.08.0 has been released and available for download:

    • Release Summary:
      • Added support for new HP ProLiant Gen8 servers and options
        • HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 Server
        • HP ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server
        • HP ProLiant WS460c Gen8 Server (offline firmware only)
        • HP Smart Array P721m Controller
        • HP Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 560SFP+ Adapter
      • Updated to HP Smart Update Manager 5.2.0
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By Rotem Agmon Posted in Info

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