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System ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 (P70) Servers (For USB Key-Media)

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Type: BIOS (Entitlement Required) - System ROM
Version: 2014.08.02 (A)(13 Oct 2014)
Operating System(s):
VMware vSphere 5.5 | View all
File name: SP68600.exe (4.3 MB)
This release provides updated system ROM images for the latest maintenance releases of HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 (P70) Servers.

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:

66ccbab1f0238b2dd47944c689863f9d SP68600.exe

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

1. Obtain a formatted USB Key media.

2. Download the SoftPaq to a directory on a system running Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and change to that directory.

3. From that drive and directory, execute the downloaded SoftPaq file: Simply double click on the SPxxxxx.exe file and follow the installation wizard to complete the SoftPaq installation process. At the end of a successful installation of the SoftPaq a web page will automatically appear to provide you with the different methods for restoring and/or upgrading the firmware on the system.

4. After the USB Key is created, you may delete the downloaded file if you wish.

5. Insert this USB Key into the USB Key port of the system to be updated and power the system on to boot to the USB Key.


End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important:

Important Notes:

None

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 System ROM - P70

Release Date:

08/02/2014

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

12/20/2013

Previous Revision:

02/10/2014

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a rare issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors and Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) in a 2 DIMM per Channel or 3 DIMM per Channel configuration may experience a 207 - Memory Initialization error message where certain DIMMs may not be initialized properly. This issue is seen intermittently after a system reboot.

Addressed an issue where the server may become unresponsive during POST when an optional Video card is installed.

Addressed an issue where certain option cards that request very large amounts of non-prefetchable memory will not function properly. This issue only impacts a very small number of non-HP option cards.

Known Issues:

None

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a rare issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors and Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) in a 2 DIMM per Channel or 3 DIMM per Channel configuration may experience a 207 - Memory Initialization error message where certain DIMMs may not be initialized properly. This issue is seen intermittently after a system reboot.

Addressed an issue where the server may become unresponsive during POST when an optional Video card is installed.

Addressed an issue where certain option cards that request very large amounts of non-prefetchable memory will not function properly. This issue only impacts a very small number of non-HP option cards.

Known Issues:

None

Important Notes:

None

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 System ROM - P70

Release Date:

08/02/2014

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

12/20/2013

Previous Revision:

02/10/2014

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a rare issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors and Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) in a 2 DIMM per Channel or 3 DIMM per Channel configuration may experience a 207 - Memory Initialization error message where certain DIMMs may not be initialized properly. This issue is seen intermittently after a system reboot.

Addressed an issue where the server may become unresponsive during POST when an optional Video card is installed.

Addressed an issue where certain option cards that request very large amounts of non-prefetchable memory will not function properly. This issue only impacts a very small number of non-HP option cards.

Known Issues:

None
Version:2015.07.01 (A) (11 Nov 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where a device interrupt may not be handled properly and result in a lost interrupt or an uncorrectable machine check exception. This issue is NOT unique to HP servers. HP recommends that users experiencing these issues update to this revision of the System ROM before replacing any hardware components.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2014.08.02 (A) (13 Oct 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a rare issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors and Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) in a 2 DIMM per Channel or 3 DIMM per Channel configuration may experience a 207 - Memory Initialization error message where certain DIMMs may not be initialized properly. This issue is seen intermittently after a system reboot.

Addressed an issue where the server may become unresponsive during POST when an optional Video card is installed.

Addressed an issue where certain option cards that request very large amounts of non-prefetchable memory will not function properly. This issue only impacts a very small number of non-HP option cards.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2014.02.10(A) (2 May 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None.

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a processor issue which can result in a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in a Windows virtual machine or Linux Kernel Panic in a Linux virtual machine when running on Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESX 5.x on Intel Xeon E5-2600 series v2 processors. This issue is not unique to HP ProLiant servers and could impact any system using affected processors operating with the conditions listed. This revision of the System ROM contains an updated version of Intel's microcode that addresses this issue. This issue does NOT affect servers configured with the Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors.

Addressed an issue where servers using the 11/14/2013 or 12/20/2013 revisions of the System ROM might not be able to boot certain operating system installations that install a Master Boot Record that is not marked as Active. When this issue occurs, the server might experience a Non-System Disk Error or not boot the intended media. This issue does NOT impact any System ROM revisions other than the 11/14/2013 and 12/20/2013 revisions.

Addressed an extremely rare issue that can result in a system configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors becoming unresponsive early in the POST boot process after an uncorrectable memory error occurs. When this issue occurs, the server will indicate an early boot progress of 20% and a "Memory and QPI Link Initialization Start" message will be displayed on the screen output. This issue does not impact servers configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors.

Addressed an issue where the System ROM does not properly retry booting certain Network Adapters under some conditions including when the user presses F12 to attempt a PXE boot. Instead, the System ROM will only attempt to boot the Network Adapter one time and then will continue trying to boot devices in the order specified by the Standard Boot Order (IPL).

Addressed an issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors and an HP 331FLR FlexLOM or HP NC332T Network Controller might see intermittent issues with the NIC not being detected by the platform. When the issue occurs, the NIC will not PXE boot or be identified or used by the operating system.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2013.12.20 (A) (21 Jan 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where Memory Address or Command Parity errors may occur on servers configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 series v2 processors and memory configurations where the memory speed is running at 1600 MHz or 1866 MHz. These errors may have resulted in the server resetting without notification of the error or the system resetting and displaying a "283-Memory Address/Command Parity Error Detected Error" and logging the event to the Integrated Management Log (IML).  HP strongly recommends that all servers utilizing Intel E5-2600 v2 processors with impacted memory speeds update to this revision of the System ROM or later.  This issue does NOT affect servers configured with the Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processor.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2013.11.14 (A) (20 Dec 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the server may not be able to enter processor idle power states (C-states) which can increase idle power when configured with 2 Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2Series Processors. This issue may also result in a reduction of the frequency of the processor entering Turbo Mode which can reduce performance under certain workloads.

Addressed an issue where Online Spare memory Mode may not function properly when 10 or 12 core Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series v2 processors were installed in the server platform. This issue was typically exhibited as an Online Spare switchover not completing and not being logged into the Integrated Management Log (IML).

Addressed an issue where the system may experience a no boot condition on the reset due to a fatal error. This issue is typically seen as the server hanging at 20% progress in the Early Video Initialization.

Addressed an issue where certain memory configurations with non-HP SmartMemory may have been running at frequencies lower than supported by the processor. This issue only effects systems configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 Series Processors and non-HP Smart Memory.

Addressed an issue where servers configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors and 32 GB LRDIMMs may experience an increased rate of corrected memory errors or uncorrected memory errors. This issue impacts servers configured with 2 DIMMs per channel or 3 DIMMs per channel. Any server configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors using LRDIMMs should be updated to this revision of the System ROM or later. If experiencing memory errors with the indicated configuration, HP recommends updating to this revision of the System ROM or later before contacting HP service.

Addressed an issue where Memory Address or Command Parity errors are not logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) if they occur.  With previous revisions of the System ROM, these types of errors would cause the server to reset without any notification of the error.  A "283-Memory Address/Command Parity Error Detected" error will now be displayed during system boot and logged to the IML.

Addressed an issue where a false inlet ambient temperature sensor reading would cause a "System Overheating" message in the Integrated Management Log (IML)

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) for Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 Series processors.

Added additional options to the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Power-On Delay Option for delay times of 15, 30, 40 and 60 seconds (in addition to the previous options of No Delay and Random Delay). For these new selections to function, the system must be using Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) Firmware version 1.20 or later. If the system is configured to one of the new options without having iLO Firmware version 1.20 or later, the Power-On Delay Option will function as if the No Delay option were chosen.

Enhanced the System ROM's detection of valid boot devices such as USB Drive Keys or Hard Drives. Previously, the System ROM may have attempted to boot certain bootable media with invalid boot records resulting in a Non-System Disk error. In some cases, the System ROM will now be able to detect the invalid boot record and skip attempting to boot the device. This allows the System ROM to attempt to boot the next device in the boot order.

Added the latest product names of optional expansion cards and updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2013.09.18(A) (24 Sep 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where a system configured with Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2, E5-2680 v2, E5-2670 v2, and E5-2660 v2 processors and Advanced Memory Protection configured to Online Spare Mode may experience incorrect behavior when multiple Online Spare switchovers occur on the same processor.

Addressed an issue where systems configured with 1 DIMM per channel and non-HP SmartMemory may operate at a lower frequency than intended. This issue does not impact servers configured with HP SmartMemory.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for LRDIMMs for systems configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series v2 processors. Previous System ROM revisions that supported E5-2600 Series v2 processors displayed a "274-Unsupported DIMM Configuration Detected" message during system boot when LRDIMMs were installed with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors. Previous ROM revisions did support LRDIMMs with Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors.


Version:2013.09.08 (A) (13 Aug 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HP requires users update to this version immediately.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a processor issue under which a rare and complex sequence of internal processor microarchitecture events that occur in specific operating environments could cause a server system to experience unexpected page faults, general protection faults, or machine check exceptions or other unpredictable system behavior. While all processors supported by this server have this issue, to be affected by this issue the server must be operating in a virtualized environment, have Intel Hyperthreading enabled, have a hypervisor that enables Intel VT FlexPriority and Extended Page Tables, and have a guest OS utilizing 32-bit PAE Paging Mode. This issue is not unique to HP ProLiant servers and could impact any system utilizing affected processors operating with the conditions listed above. This revision of the System ROM contains an updated version of Intel's microcode that addresses this issue. Due to the potential severity of the issue addressed in this revision of the System ROM, this System ROM upgrade is considered a critical fix.

Addressed an issue where the system experienced unexpected system behavior or report ACPI issues through the OS boot logs (such as Linux DMESG) when IOMMU was enabled in a virtualized operating system environment.

Addressed an issue where Online Spare memory Mode would not function properly when 32GB LR-DIMMs were installed in the server platform. This issue was typically exhibited as the system becoming unresponsive during system boot when Online Spare was enabled with these DIMMs installed.

Addressed an issue where Linux Operating Systems reported the following message: ERST: Failed to get Error Log Address Range, in the Linux DMESG log.

Removed support for configuring the platform with the Memory Channel Mode configured for Combined Channel Memory Mode (Lockstep) and the Advanced Memory Protection mode configured for Online Spare with Advanced ECC. This combination is currently not supported by this server generation of platform. Platforms Servers that were previously configured with this option combination will have Online Spare Mode enabled but the Memory Channel Mode will be configured for Independent Channel Mode after updating to this revision of the System ROM.

Addressed an extremely rare issue where a system may become unresponsive or experience a system reset when booting a Microsoft Windows Operating System. When this event happens, a Bank 5 Machine Check Exception was logged in the Integrated Management Log (IML).

Addressed an issue where the server's Legacy USB support would not properly report the drive capacity of a USB Drive Key that was larger than 8GB resulting in an inability to boot USB Drive Keys larger than 8 GB.

Addressed an issue where the system may not be able to properly execute the HP SmartStart Scripting Toolkit (SSSTK) under Linux based Operating Systems. In some cases, executing the HP SSSTK would result in a segfault error message being reported by the Linux kernel.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added the latest product names of optional expansion cards and updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Added support for the Intel Performance Counter Monitor Utility (iPCM). This feature can be enabled in the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Performance Tuning Options menu. This option is disabled by default and must be enabled to utilize the Intel PCM.

Added support to allow industry standard utilities to display the operating voltage of installed DIMMs as well as the minimum and maximum voltage supported by installed DIMMs. This System ROM revision supports newly defined industry standard fields in the industry standard SMBIOS tables. Utilities to display this information may not yet be available.

Added support to allow industry standard utilities to display the HP DIMM Part Number for HP SmartMemory DIMMs. This information will also be displayed in the HP iLO GUI interface when using an updated revision of iLO Firmware.


Version:2013.03.01 (A) (26 Mar 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where servers utilizing LRDIMMs may experience an extremely long boot process (~40 minutes). This issue is not intermittent. If the issue occurs, it will occur on every boot. This issue has NO impact on platforms without LRDIMMs installed.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for systems configured with both the 25 Small Form Factor (SFF) Hard Drive Cage and Intel Xeon E5-2667, Intel Xeon E5-2680, or Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors. Systems not using one of these configurations are unaffected by this additional support.


Version:2012.12.14 (A) (11 Jan 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the system may experience a performance issue, usually seen in a degradation of network throughput, after updating to the 08/20/2012 revision of the System ROM. This issue only exists with the 08/20/2012 revision of the System ROM.

Resolved an issue where no message was displayed and no Integrated Management Log (IML) entry is logged for certain memory errors that result in DIMMs not being usable. This issue would look like the operating system having access to less memory than is actually installed without any error indicated.

Removed the Advanced ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to disable Data Direct I/O (DDIO). It is no longer recommended that users disable this option due to the negative impacts on system performance. For systems that had previously disabled Data Direct I/O, the option will remain disabled. Defaults must be restored on the system to re-enable this functionality for this situation.

Resolved a rare issue where the system may experience a temporary loss of video, such as a blank screen on the local monitor and iLO Remote Console, if a key is pressed during POST during Option ROM Execution.

Resolved an issue where the order in which processors are presented to the Operating System may change across multiple system boots.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Optimized the memory settings to improve the reliability of the memory system.

Added a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option for HP Option ROM Prompting. This option is enabled by default. Disabling this option prevents HP Smart Array controllers and iLO from prompting to enter their setup tools during system boot. This allows for faster boot times. This option requires updated revisions of Smart Array Controller firmware and iLO Firmware to function. If this option is disabled, the HP Smart Array and iLO will continue to prompt to enter their setup tools if an updated revision of these firmware deliverables are not installed.

Added the latest product names of optional expansion cards and updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2012.08.20 (A) (26 Oct 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the Integrated Management Log (IML) may contain erroneous log entries for Uncorrectable Machine Check Errors after a normal platform power cycle. Users who are experiencing these erroneous messages should update to this version of the system ROM before replacing any hardware components.

Addressed an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility Command Line Interface (CLI) Mode may not function properly. Previous versions of the system ROM may have experienced an issue where certain commands in CLI mode would not function properly.

Addressed a rare issue where USB Support in a pre-boot environment, such as in DOS or the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU), may not function properly. This issue could have resulted in the system not booting properly from USB media or the USB Keyboard may becoming unresponsive.

Addressed an issue where the platform may experience a virtualization fault (which may result in an NMI or Machine Check Exception) when IOMMU is enabled under a Hypervisor based Operating System. In some instances, Linux kernel messaging (DMESG) would reflect an inability to enable IOMMO on the platform.

Addressed an issue where the platform may experience decreased I/O performance when any Minimum Processor Idle Power Core States (C-states) are enabled. Reduced I/O performance has been seen in dual-processor configurations where I/O devices that are attached to the PCI-express lanes from one processor are accessing resources on the other processor when the other processor is in a low power state.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV). SR-IOV can provide performance benefits in virtualized environments if the Operating System/hypervisor and installed I/O card support SR-IOV. This functionality is enabled via a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced System ROM Option. It is disabled by default. When enabled, the System ROM will configure devices that support SR-IOV for use under a supported Operating System. Please consult the proper Operating System and Network Adapter documentation for a list of supported configurations.

Added a new ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Performance Option menu that allows the user to enable Intel NIC DMA Channels (IOAT). This option is disabled by default. When enabled, certain networking devices may see an improvement in performance by utilizing Intel's DMA engine to offload network activity. Please consult documentation from the network adapter to determine if this feature is supported.

Added a new ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Power Savings Option menu that allows the user to disable Memory Power Management functionality. This option is enabled by default. When disabled, certain memory power savings modes are disabled which can result in lower latency responses from memory transactions at the cost of memory power savings.

Added a new ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced System ROM Option menu that allows the user to disable the default System ROM functionality that continually searches for bootable devices when a boot device cannot be found (non-system disk condition). By default, the System ROM will indefinitely keep searching for bootable devices from all available media types until a bootable device is detected.

Increased memory speeds for certain DIMM configurations using HP SmartMemory.


Version:2012.07.15(A) (5 Sep 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where HP 32GB SmartMemory LRDIMMs (HP Part Number 647654-081) may experience an excessive number of Correctable ECC Memory Errors. This can result in the DIMMs being marked as degraded and Correctable Memory Threshold Errors being logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML). HP recommends that servers using these DIMMs with System ROM revisions earlier than 07/15/2012 be upgraded to this revision of the System ROM. If a server using these DIMMs is receiving such errors with a System ROM revision prior to 07/15/2012, it is recommended that the System ROM be updated to this revision or later prior to replacing any hardware components.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2012.05.30 (A) (4 Sep 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

HP recommends that customers who configure their platforms to operate in Combined Channel (Lockstep) Mode update their servers to this System ROM release in order to ensure proper handling of memory error events.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where uncorrectable memory errors were not handled properly when the Memory Channel Mode was configured for Combined Channel Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). Whenever an uncorrectable memory error occurs on memory attached to Processor 1, the following message could incorrectly be displayed during system boot: "Uncorrectable memory error detected on DIMM 0 or DIMM 0." The DIMM which experienced the error will be correctly indicated in the Integrated Management Log (IML). Whenever an uncorrectable memory error occurs on memory attached to Processor 2, a Red Screen error condition will be displayed during system boot and the system will be halted. No additional indication of the error will exist. By default, the Memory Channel Mode is configured to Independent Channel Mode (Non-Lockstep).

Addressed an issue where the system may log erroneous error events to the Integrated Management Log (IML) when an Uncorrectable Memory Error occurs. An Uncorrectable Memory event will be properly logged to the IML in addition to any erroneous events.

Addressed an issue where certain devices were not able to be properly disabled from the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) PCI Enable/Disable Menu. In some instances when a device was disabled via RBSU, the device would remain enabled but would not have resources assigned appropriately and would not operate correctly.

Addressed an issue where the server may stop responding during Operating System boot if Dynamic Power Capping is enabled and the server's power usage is close to the configured power cap wattage or if a thermal event is occurring. This issue only occurs during Operating System boot and will not affect a running Operating System.

Addressed an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility option for Removable Flash Media Boot Sequence may not function properly when an SD Card is installed and iLO Virtual Media is enabled.

Addressed an issue that can result in a server not responding during boot and a Red Screen Illegal Opcode being displayed when using PXELinux to boot to the local hard drive instead of the network drive.

Removed the following options: Optimized for Performance, Optimized for Power Efficiency, and Optimized for Low Power from the Intel Turbo Boost Technology menu options in the ROM-Based Setup Utility. The Intel Turbo Boost Technology options are now Enabled or Disabled. Intel Turbo Boost Technology will remain enabled for any server which had this option previously configured to anything except Disabled. To better optimize the behavior of Intel Turbo Boost Mode, the Advanced Power Management Option of Energy/Performance Bias should be utilized.

Addressed an issue where the incorrect amount of memory was being displayed as reserved for Online Spare for certain LRDIMM configurations. This issue does not affect the operation of Online Spare mode and the only issue was the message being displayed during system boot.

Addressed an issue where the embedded Serial Port may show up with a "Yellow Bang" under Microsoft Windows Device Manager if disabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This issue only occurs if the serial port is disabled prior to the Operating System installation.

Addressed an issue where the Intel NIC DMA Channels feature does not function properly in a dual-processor configuration. This option is disabled by default in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added a new ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced System ROM Options menu that allows the user to enable or disable Dynamic Power Capping Functionality. This option is enabled by default. When disabled, a Power Calibration is not performed during system boot resulting in a boot time reduction of 15 seconds or more. When disabled, it will not be possible to configure a Dynamic Power Cap. Dynamic Power Capping Functionality must be enabled prior to configuring the cap.

Added a new ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced System ROM Options menu that allows the user to enable the ACPI System Locality Distance Information Table (SLIT). This industry standard ACPI mechanism provides operating systems with the ability to read processor and I/O affinity to allow the operating system to intelligently distribute workloads to improve performance.

Added a new ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Option that allows the user to enable Consistent Device Naming support. When enabled, this option allows the BIOS to communicate Embedded Network Controller device naming to the Operating System so that the Operating System can present consistent naming for network devices. This option needs to be enabled prior to an Operating System installation in order to take effect. This option is not supported by all Operating Systems. Please consult Operating System documentation for additional details.

Added a new ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to disable the processor DCU IP Prefetcher in the Advanced Performance Options menu. With certain configurations, workloads, and benchmarks, disabling the DCU IP Prefetcher may provide improved performance. HP recommends leaving this option Enabled for most operating environments.

Added the latest product names of optional expansion cards and updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2012.02.25 (A) (4 Jun 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the system may experience an unexpected system reset when configured with 256GB or more of memory when a correctable memory error occurs. When this reset happens, there will not be any event indicated in the Integrated Management Log (IML). This issue will not occur if Channel Interleaving is Enabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) and DIMMs are populated as specified by HP guidelines. Channel Interleaving is enabled by default.

Addressed an issue where an uncorrectable memory error may not be indicated in the Integrated Management Log (IML) when the system is configured with 256GB or more of memory. Normally, an uncorrectable memory error will result in an event in the IML indicating the DIMM which had the failure. This issue will not occur if Channel Interleaving is Enabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) and DIMMs are populated as specified by HP guidelines. Channel Interleaving is enabled by default.

Addressed an issue where an uncorrectable memory error on a DIMM on Processor 1 may result in an incorrect error message displayed during system boot indicating "Uncorrectable memory error detected on DIMM 0 or DIMM 0" when the Memory Channel Mode is configured for Combined Channel Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The message should indicate the DIMMs which caused the failure. An event is still logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) indicating the failed DIMMs.

Addressed an issue where an uncorrectable memory error on a DIMM on Processor 2 may result in a hang during system boot with a Red Screen error message when the Memory Channel Mode is configured for Combined Channel Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). Due to this issue, an event is not logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) indicating the failed DIMMs.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2012.02.21 (A) (29 Mar 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the system may experience a system stops responding during system boot when performing the Power and Thermal Calibration. This issue is typically seen when a large amount of PCI-Express expansion cards are installed in the system.

Addressed an issue where USB devices could intermittently not respond in pre-boot environments such as system boot or the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This issue would typically result in USB keyboard, Drive Key or iLO Virtual Media devices from operating properly in pre-boot environments and has no impact on the functionality of USB devices under the Operating System.

Addressed an issue where Intel VT-d (IOMMU) would not function properly in certain platform configurations. In some instances, Linux kernel messaging (DMESG) would reflect an inability to enable IOMMO on the platform.

Addressed an issue where the system could experience a kernel panic when booting under Linux Xen hypervisors when the Virtual Install Disk is enabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The Virtual Install Disk is disabled by default.

Addressed an issue where hot plugging USB devices during pre-boot environments such as system boot or the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) could result in the USB device not functioning.

Addressed an issue where utilizing the iLO virtual NMI button causes results in an Unexpected Uncorrectable PCI Express Error event in Integrated Management Log (IML) instead of User Remotely Initiated NMI Switch event in the IML.

Addressed an issue where the System Health LED may not match the system health status reported in the iLO management pages.

Addressed an issue where VMware ESX may log multiple entries such as the following in vmkernel.log or vmkwarning.log: "WARNING: UserObj: 675: Failed to crossdup fd 8, /vmfs/devices/char/vmkdriver/hp type CHAR: Opaque service console status." OR "PCI: 4153: Failed to setup interrupt for System Peripherals device 000:000:04.4 ()." While Vmware ESX will function properly with previous revisions of the System ROM, this revision will prevent these warning messages from being logged.

Addressed an extremely rare issue where PCIe Gen3 cards installed in slots attached to the second processor may experience reduced performance because they may fail to train at Gen3 speeds or may fail to train at their full lane widths. While this issue could potentially occur, this issue has never been reported on this server.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced the ability of the platform to take advantage of Intel Turbo Mode allowing for increased overall system performance in environments which can take advantage of Turbo Mode functionality.

Added support for the Energy Performance Bias option in the Advanced Power Management Options of the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This option is defaulted to Balanced Performance. This option can be modified to maximum Performance for operating environments where performance is more important than power efficiency. This option controls how aggressively certain hardware-based power management options are utilized.

Added support for an option to disable the Intelligent Provisioning (F10 Prompt) functionality in the Server Security options of the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Added support for an option to disable Intel Data Direct I/O Technology in the Advanced Performance Tuning options of the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). When enabled, this option takes advantage of new functionality in the processor that reduces memory access from I/O devices and can result in accelerated performance. HP recommends leaving this option enabled in most environments. This option was always enabled with previous revisions of the System ROM.

Enabled Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instructions. AES was disabled with the 12/21/2011 System ROM revision. Applications written to take advantage of AES will either run slower than if AES was enabled or such applications may fail to run. Hypervisor-based workload migration tools (such as VMware's VMotion Live Migration) may not be able to migrate workloads from systems that have AES disabled (with the 12/21/2011 System ROM) to systems that have AES enabled (with all later revisions of the System ROM). It is recommended that customers using hypervisor-based workload migration tools update their systems to this revision of the System ROM or later.


Version:2011.12.21 (A) (28 Mar 2012)
Enhancements

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

This is the initial version of the firmware.

Known Issues:

None



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Type: BIOS (Entitlement Required) - System ROM
Version: 2014.08.02 (A)(13 Oct 2014)
Operating System(s):
VMware vSphere 5.5
Solaris 10 for x86 Systems
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (AMD64/EM64T)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86-64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64
Oracle Linux 5 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (AMD64/EM64T)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
CentOS 5
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86)
Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86-64)
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard and Essentials
Citrix XenServer 6.x
Ubuntu 11.10
VMware ESXi 5.0
Oracle Linux 6 (x86)
Oracle Linux 6 (AMD64/EMT64)
Fedora 15
CentOS 6
Asianux 4
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials
VMware vSphere 5.1
Ubuntu 12.10
Solaris 11.1
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server
Oracle Linux 7

Description

This release provides updated system ROM images for the latest maintenance releases of HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 (P70) Servers.

Enhancements

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Installation Instructions

To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:

66ccbab1f0238b2dd47944c689863f9d SP68600.exe

Reboot Requirement:
Reboot is required after installation for updates to take effect and hardware stability to be maintained.


Installation:

1. Obtain a formatted USB Key media.

2. Download the SoftPaq to a directory on a system running Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows Server 2008, or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and change to that directory.

3. From that drive and directory, execute the downloaded SoftPaq file: Simply double click on the SPxxxxx.exe file and follow the installation wizard to complete the SoftPaq installation process. At the end of a successful installation of the SoftPaq a web page will automatically appear to provide you with the different methods for restoring and/or upgrading the firmware on the system.

4. After the USB Key is created, you may delete the downloaded file if you wish.

5. Insert this USB Key into the USB Key port of the system to be updated and power the system on to boot to the USB Key.


Release Notes

End User License Agreements:
Hewlett-Packard End User License Agreement


Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important:

Important Notes:

None

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 System ROM - P70

Release Date:

08/02/2014

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

12/20/2013

Previous Revision:

02/10/2014

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a rare issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors and Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) in a 2 DIMM per Channel or 3 DIMM per Channel configuration may experience a 207 - Memory Initialization error message where certain DIMMs may not be initialized properly. This issue is seen intermittently after a system reboot.

Addressed an issue where the server may become unresponsive during POST when an optional Video card is installed.

Addressed an issue where certain option cards that request very large amounts of non-prefetchable memory will not function properly. This issue only impacts a very small number of non-HP option cards.

Known Issues:

None

Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a rare issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors and Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) in a 2 DIMM per Channel or 3 DIMM per Channel configuration may experience a 207 - Memory Initialization error message where certain DIMMs may not be initialized properly. This issue is seen intermittently after a system reboot.

Addressed an issue where the server may become unresponsive during POST when an optional Video card is installed.

Addressed an issue where certain option cards that request very large amounts of non-prefetchable memory will not function properly. This issue only impacts a very small number of non-HP option cards.

Known Issues:

None

Important

Important Notes:

None

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL380p Gen8 System ROM - P70

Release Date:

08/02/2014

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

12/20/2013

Previous Revision:

02/10/2014

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a rare issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors and Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) in a 2 DIMM per Channel or 3 DIMM per Channel configuration may experience a 207 - Memory Initialization error message where certain DIMMs may not be initialized properly. This issue is seen intermittently after a system reboot.

Addressed an issue where the server may become unresponsive during POST when an optional Video card is installed.

Addressed an issue where certain option cards that request very large amounts of non-prefetchable memory will not function properly. This issue only impacts a very small number of non-HP option cards.

Known Issues:

None

Revision History

Version:2015.07.01 (A) (11 Nov 2015)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where a device interrupt may not be handled properly and result in a lost interrupt or an uncorrectable machine check exception. This issue is NOT unique to HP servers. HP recommends that users experiencing these issues update to this revision of the System ROM before replacing any hardware components.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2014.08.02 (A) (13 Oct 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a rare issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5 2600 v2 processors and Registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) in a 2 DIMM per Channel or 3 DIMM per Channel configuration may experience a 207 - Memory Initialization error message where certain DIMMs may not be initialized properly. This issue is seen intermittently after a system reboot.

Addressed an issue where the server may become unresponsive during POST when an optional Video card is installed.

Addressed an issue where certain option cards that request very large amounts of non-prefetchable memory will not function properly. This issue only impacts a very small number of non-HP option cards.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2014.02.10(A) (2 May 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None.

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a processor issue which can result in a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) in a Windows virtual machine or Linux Kernel Panic in a Linux virtual machine when running on Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware ESX 5.x on Intel Xeon E5-2600 series v2 processors. This issue is not unique to HP ProLiant servers and could impact any system using affected processors operating with the conditions listed. This revision of the System ROM contains an updated version of Intel's microcode that addresses this issue. This issue does NOT affect servers configured with the Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors.

Addressed an issue where servers using the 11/14/2013 or 12/20/2013 revisions of the System ROM might not be able to boot certain operating system installations that install a Master Boot Record that is not marked as Active. When this issue occurs, the server might experience a Non-System Disk Error or not boot the intended media. This issue does NOT impact any System ROM revisions other than the 11/14/2013 and 12/20/2013 revisions.

Addressed an extremely rare issue that can result in a system configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors becoming unresponsive early in the POST boot process after an uncorrectable memory error occurs. When this issue occurs, the server will indicate an early boot progress of 20% and a "Memory and QPI Link Initialization Start" message will be displayed on the screen output. This issue does not impact servers configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors.

Addressed an issue where the System ROM does not properly retry booting certain Network Adapters under some conditions including when the user presses F12 to attempt a PXE boot. Instead, the System ROM will only attempt to boot the Network Adapter one time and then will continue trying to boot devices in the order specified by the Standard Boot Order (IPL).

Addressed an issue where systems configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors and an HP 331FLR FlexLOM or HP NC332T Network Controller might see intermittent issues with the NIC not being detected by the platform. When the issue occurs, the NIC will not PXE boot or be identified or used by the operating system.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for the latest names for PCIe expansion devices to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2013.12.20 (A) (21 Jan 2014)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where Memory Address or Command Parity errors may occur on servers configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 series v2 processors and memory configurations where the memory speed is running at 1600 MHz or 1866 MHz. These errors may have resulted in the server resetting without notification of the error or the system resetting and displaying a "283-Memory Address/Command Parity Error Detected Error" and logging the event to the Integrated Management Log (IML).  HP strongly recommends that all servers utilizing Intel E5-2600 v2 processors with impacted memory speeds update to this revision of the System ROM or later.  This issue does NOT affect servers configured with the Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processor.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2013.11.14 (A) (20 Dec 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the server may not be able to enter processor idle power states (C-states) which can increase idle power when configured with 2 Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2Series Processors. This issue may also result in a reduction of the frequency of the processor entering Turbo Mode which can reduce performance under certain workloads.

Addressed an issue where Online Spare memory Mode may not function properly when 10 or 12 core Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series v2 processors were installed in the server platform. This issue was typically exhibited as an Online Spare switchover not completing and not being logged into the Integrated Management Log (IML).

Addressed an issue where the system may experience a no boot condition on the reset due to a fatal error. This issue is typically seen as the server hanging at 20% progress in the Early Video Initialization.

Addressed an issue where certain memory configurations with non-HP SmartMemory may have been running at frequencies lower than supported by the processor. This issue only effects systems configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 Series Processors and non-HP Smart Memory.

Addressed an issue where servers configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors and 32 GB LRDIMMs may experience an increased rate of corrected memory errors or uncorrected memory errors. This issue impacts servers configured with 2 DIMMs per channel or 3 DIMMs per channel. Any server configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors using LRDIMMs should be updated to this revision of the System ROM or later. If experiencing memory errors with the indicated configuration, HP recommends updating to this revision of the System ROM or later before contacting HP service.

Addressed an issue where Memory Address or Command Parity errors are not logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) if they occur.  With previous revisions of the System ROM, these types of errors would cause the server to reset without any notification of the error.  A "283-Memory Address/Command Parity Error Detected" error will now be displayed during system boot and logged to the IML.

Addressed an issue where a false inlet ambient temperature sensor reading would cause a "System Overheating" message in the Integrated Management Log (IML)

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) for Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 Series processors.

Added additional options to the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Power-On Delay Option for delay times of 15, 30, 40 and 60 seconds (in addition to the previous options of No Delay and Random Delay). For these new selections to function, the system must be using Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) Firmware version 1.20 or later. If the system is configured to one of the new options without having iLO Firmware version 1.20 or later, the Power-On Delay Option will function as if the No Delay option were chosen.

Enhanced the System ROM's detection of valid boot devices such as USB Drive Keys or Hard Drives. Previously, the System ROM may have attempted to boot certain bootable media with invalid boot records resulting in a Non-System Disk error. In some cases, the System ROM will now be able to detect the invalid boot record and skip attempting to boot the device. This allows the System ROM to attempt to boot the next device in the boot order.

Added the latest product names of optional expansion cards and updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2013.09.18(A) (24 Sep 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where a system configured with Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2, E5-2680 v2, E5-2670 v2, and E5-2660 v2 processors and Advanced Memory Protection configured to Online Spare Mode may experience incorrect behavior when multiple Online Spare switchovers occur on the same processor.

Addressed an issue where systems configured with 1 DIMM per channel and non-HP SmartMemory may operate at a lower frequency than intended. This issue does not impact servers configured with HP SmartMemory.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for LRDIMMs for systems configured with Intel Xeon E5-2600 Series v2 processors. Previous System ROM revisions that supported E5-2600 Series v2 processors displayed a "274-Unsupported DIMM Configuration Detected" message during system boot when LRDIMMs were installed with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors. Previous ROM revisions did support LRDIMMs with Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors.


Version:2013.09.08 (A) (13 Aug 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Critical - HP requires users update to this version immediately.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed a processor issue under which a rare and complex sequence of internal processor microarchitecture events that occur in specific operating environments could cause a server system to experience unexpected page faults, general protection faults, or machine check exceptions or other unpredictable system behavior. While all processors supported by this server have this issue, to be affected by this issue the server must be operating in a virtualized environment, have Intel Hyperthreading enabled, have a hypervisor that enables Intel VT FlexPriority and Extended Page Tables, and have a guest OS utilizing 32-bit PAE Paging Mode. This issue is not unique to HP ProLiant servers and could impact any system utilizing affected processors operating with the conditions listed above. This revision of the System ROM contains an updated version of Intel's microcode that addresses this issue. Due to the potential severity of the issue addressed in this revision of the System ROM, this System ROM upgrade is considered a critical fix.

Addressed an issue where the system experienced unexpected system behavior or report ACPI issues through the OS boot logs (such as Linux DMESG) when IOMMU was enabled in a virtualized operating system environment.

Addressed an issue where Online Spare memory Mode would not function properly when 32GB LR-DIMMs were installed in the server platform. This issue was typically exhibited as the system becoming unresponsive during system boot when Online Spare was enabled with these DIMMs installed.

Addressed an issue where Linux Operating Systems reported the following message: ERST: Failed to get Error Log Address Range, in the Linux DMESG log.

Removed support for configuring the platform with the Memory Channel Mode configured for Combined Channel Memory Mode (Lockstep) and the Advanced Memory Protection mode configured for Online Spare with Advanced ECC. This combination is currently not supported by this server generation of platform. Platforms Servers that were previously configured with this option combination will have Online Spare Mode enabled but the Memory Channel Mode will be configured for Independent Channel Mode after updating to this revision of the System ROM.

Addressed an extremely rare issue where a system may become unresponsive or experience a system reset when booting a Microsoft Windows Operating System. When this event happens, a Bank 5 Machine Check Exception was logged in the Integrated Management Log (IML).

Addressed an issue where the server's Legacy USB support would not properly report the drive capacity of a USB Drive Key that was larger than 8GB resulting in an inability to boot USB Drive Keys larger than 8 GB.

Addressed an issue where the system may not be able to properly execute the HP SmartStart Scripting Toolkit (SSSTK) under Linux based Operating Systems. In some cases, executing the HP SSSTK would result in a segfault error message being reported by the Linux kernel.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added the latest product names of optional expansion cards and updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Added support for the Intel Performance Counter Monitor Utility (iPCM). This feature can be enabled in the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Performance Tuning Options menu. This option is disabled by default and must be enabled to utilize the Intel PCM.

Added support to allow industry standard utilities to display the operating voltage of installed DIMMs as well as the minimum and maximum voltage supported by installed DIMMs. This System ROM revision supports newly defined industry standard fields in the industry standard SMBIOS tables. Utilities to display this information may not yet be available.

Added support to allow industry standard utilities to display the HP DIMM Part Number for HP SmartMemory DIMMs. This information will also be displayed in the HP iLO GUI interface when using an updated revision of iLO Firmware.


Version:2013.03.01 (A) (26 Mar 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where servers utilizing LRDIMMs may experience an extremely long boot process (~40 minutes). This issue is not intermittent. If the issue occurs, it will occur on every boot. This issue has NO impact on platforms without LRDIMMs installed.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for systems configured with both the 25 Small Form Factor (SFF) Hard Drive Cage and Intel Xeon E5-2667, Intel Xeon E5-2680, or Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors. Systems not using one of these configurations are unaffected by this additional support.


Version:2012.12.14 (A) (11 Jan 2013)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the system may experience a performance issue, usually seen in a degradation of network throughput, after updating to the 08/20/2012 revision of the System ROM. This issue only exists with the 08/20/2012 revision of the System ROM.

Resolved an issue where no message was displayed and no Integrated Management Log (IML) entry is logged for certain memory errors that result in DIMMs not being usable. This issue would look like the operating system having access to less memory than is actually installed without any error indicated.

Removed the Advanced ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to disable Data Direct I/O (DDIO). It is no longer recommended that users disable this option due to the negative impacts on system performance. For systems that had previously disabled Data Direct I/O, the option will remain disabled. Defaults must be restored on the system to re-enable this functionality for this situation.

Resolved a rare issue where the system may experience a temporary loss of video, such as a blank screen on the local monitor and iLO Remote Console, if a key is pressed during POST during Option ROM Execution.

Resolved an issue where the order in which processors are presented to the Operating System may change across multiple system boots.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Optimized the memory settings to improve the reliability of the memory system.

Added a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option for HP Option ROM Prompting. This option is enabled by default. Disabling this option prevents HP Smart Array controllers and iLO from prompting to enter their setup tools during system boot. This allows for faster boot times. This option requires updated revisions of Smart Array Controller firmware and iLO Firmware to function. If this option is disabled, the HP Smart Array and iLO will continue to prompt to enter their setup tools if an updated revision of these firmware deliverables are not installed.

Added the latest product names of optional expansion cards and updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2012.08.20 (A) (26 Oct 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the Integrated Management Log (IML) may contain erroneous log entries for Uncorrectable Machine Check Errors after a normal platform power cycle. Users who are experiencing these erroneous messages should update to this version of the system ROM before replacing any hardware components.

Addressed an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility Command Line Interface (CLI) Mode may not function properly. Previous versions of the system ROM may have experienced an issue where certain commands in CLI mode would not function properly.

Addressed a rare issue where USB Support in a pre-boot environment, such as in DOS or the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU), may not function properly. This issue could have resulted in the system not booting properly from USB media or the USB Keyboard may becoming unresponsive.

Addressed an issue where the platform may experience a virtualization fault (which may result in an NMI or Machine Check Exception) when IOMMU is enabled under a Hypervisor based Operating System. In some instances, Linux kernel messaging (DMESG) would reflect an inability to enable IOMMO on the platform.

Addressed an issue where the platform may experience decreased I/O performance when any Minimum Processor Idle Power Core States (C-states) are enabled. Reduced I/O performance has been seen in dual-processor configurations where I/O devices that are attached to the PCI-express lanes from one processor are accessing resources on the other processor when the other processor is in a low power state.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV). SR-IOV can provide performance benefits in virtualized environments if the Operating System/hypervisor and installed I/O card support SR-IOV. This functionality is enabled via a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced System ROM Option. It is disabled by default. When enabled, the System ROM will configure devices that support SR-IOV for use under a supported Operating System. Please consult the proper Operating System and Network Adapter documentation for a list of supported configurations.

Added a new ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Performance Option menu that allows the user to enable Intel NIC DMA Channels (IOAT). This option is disabled by default. When enabled, certain networking devices may see an improvement in performance by utilizing Intel's DMA engine to offload network activity. Please consult documentation from the network adapter to determine if this feature is supported.

Added a new ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Power Savings Option menu that allows the user to disable Memory Power Management functionality. This option is enabled by default. When disabled, certain memory power savings modes are disabled which can result in lower latency responses from memory transactions at the cost of memory power savings.

Added a new ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced System ROM Option menu that allows the user to disable the default System ROM functionality that continually searches for bootable devices when a boot device cannot be found (non-system disk condition). By default, the System ROM will indefinitely keep searching for bootable devices from all available media types until a bootable device is detected.

Increased memory speeds for certain DIMM configurations using HP SmartMemory.


Version:2012.07.15(A) (5 Sep 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where HP 32GB SmartMemory LRDIMMs (HP Part Number 647654-081) may experience an excessive number of Correctable ECC Memory Errors. This can result in the DIMMs being marked as degraded and Correctable Memory Threshold Errors being logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML). HP recommends that servers using these DIMMs with System ROM revisions earlier than 07/15/2012 be upgraded to this revision of the System ROM. If a server using these DIMMs is receiving such errors with a System ROM revision prior to 07/15/2012, it is recommended that the System ROM be updated to this revision or later prior to replacing any hardware components.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2012.05.30 (A) (4 Sep 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Optional - Users should update to this version if their system is affected by one of the documented fixes or if there is a desire to utilize any of the enhanced functionality provided by this version.


Important Notes:

HP recommends that customers who configure their platforms to operate in Combined Channel (Lockstep) Mode update their servers to this System ROM release in order to ensure proper handling of memory error events.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where uncorrectable memory errors were not handled properly when the Memory Channel Mode was configured for Combined Channel Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). Whenever an uncorrectable memory error occurs on memory attached to Processor 1, the following message could incorrectly be displayed during system boot: "Uncorrectable memory error detected on DIMM 0 or DIMM 0." The DIMM which experienced the error will be correctly indicated in the Integrated Management Log (IML). Whenever an uncorrectable memory error occurs on memory attached to Processor 2, a Red Screen error condition will be displayed during system boot and the system will be halted. No additional indication of the error will exist. By default, the Memory Channel Mode is configured to Independent Channel Mode (Non-Lockstep).

Addressed an issue where the system may log erroneous error events to the Integrated Management Log (IML) when an Uncorrectable Memory Error occurs. An Uncorrectable Memory event will be properly logged to the IML in addition to any erroneous events.

Addressed an issue where certain devices were not able to be properly disabled from the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) PCI Enable/Disable Menu. In some instances when a device was disabled via RBSU, the device would remain enabled but would not have resources assigned appropriately and would not operate correctly.

Addressed an issue where the server may stop responding during Operating System boot if Dynamic Power Capping is enabled and the server's power usage is close to the configured power cap wattage or if a thermal event is occurring. This issue only occurs during Operating System boot and will not affect a running Operating System.

Addressed an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility option for Removable Flash Media Boot Sequence may not function properly when an SD Card is installed and iLO Virtual Media is enabled.

Addressed an issue that can result in a server not responding during boot and a Red Screen Illegal Opcode being displayed when using PXELinux to boot to the local hard drive instead of the network drive.

Removed the following options: Optimized for Performance, Optimized for Power Efficiency, and Optimized for Low Power from the Intel Turbo Boost Technology menu options in the ROM-Based Setup Utility. The Intel Turbo Boost Technology options are now Enabled or Disabled. Intel Turbo Boost Technology will remain enabled for any server which had this option previously configured to anything except Disabled. To better optimize the behavior of Intel Turbo Boost Mode, the Advanced Power Management Option of Energy/Performance Bias should be utilized.

Addressed an issue where the incorrect amount of memory was being displayed as reserved for Online Spare for certain LRDIMM configurations. This issue does not affect the operation of Online Spare mode and the only issue was the message being displayed during system boot.

Addressed an issue where the embedded Serial Port may show up with a "Yellow Bang" under Microsoft Windows Device Manager if disabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This issue only occurs if the serial port is disabled prior to the Operating System installation.

Addressed an issue where the Intel NIC DMA Channels feature does not function properly in a dual-processor configuration. This option is disabled by default in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added a new ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced System ROM Options menu that allows the user to enable or disable Dynamic Power Capping Functionality. This option is enabled by default. When disabled, a Power Calibration is not performed during system boot resulting in a boot time reduction of 15 seconds or more. When disabled, it will not be possible to configure a Dynamic Power Cap. Dynamic Power Capping Functionality must be enabled prior to configuring the cap.

Added a new ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced System ROM Options menu that allows the user to enable the ACPI System Locality Distance Information Table (SLIT). This industry standard ACPI mechanism provides operating systems with the ability to read processor and I/O affinity to allow the operating system to intelligently distribute workloads to improve performance.

Added a new ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Option that allows the user to enable Consistent Device Naming support. When enabled, this option allows the BIOS to communicate Embedded Network Controller device naming to the Operating System so that the Operating System can present consistent naming for network devices. This option needs to be enabled prior to an Operating System installation in order to take effect. This option is not supported by all Operating Systems. Please consult Operating System documentation for additional details.

Added a new ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to disable the processor DCU IP Prefetcher in the Advanced Performance Options menu. With certain configurations, workloads, and benchmarks, disabling the DCU IP Prefetcher may provide improved performance. HP recommends leaving this option Enabled for most operating environments.

Added the latest product names of optional expansion cards and updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2012.02.25 (A) (4 Jun 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the system may experience an unexpected system reset when configured with 256GB or more of memory when a correctable memory error occurs. When this reset happens, there will not be any event indicated in the Integrated Management Log (IML). This issue will not occur if Channel Interleaving is Enabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) and DIMMs are populated as specified by HP guidelines. Channel Interleaving is enabled by default.

Addressed an issue where an uncorrectable memory error may not be indicated in the Integrated Management Log (IML) when the system is configured with 256GB or more of memory. Normally, an uncorrectable memory error will result in an event in the IML indicating the DIMM which had the failure. This issue will not occur if Channel Interleaving is Enabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) and DIMMs are populated as specified by HP guidelines. Channel Interleaving is enabled by default.

Addressed an issue where an uncorrectable memory error on a DIMM on Processor 1 may result in an incorrect error message displayed during system boot indicating "Uncorrectable memory error detected on DIMM 0 or DIMM 0" when the Memory Channel Mode is configured for Combined Channel Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The message should indicate the DIMMs which caused the failure. An event is still logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) indicating the failed DIMMs.

Addressed an issue where an uncorrectable memory error on a DIMM on Processor 2 may result in a hang during system boot with a Red Screen error message when the Memory Channel Mode is configured for Combined Channel Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). Due to this issue, an event is not logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) indicating the failed DIMMs.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2012.02.21 (A) (29 Mar 2012)
Fixes

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the system may experience a system stops responding during system boot when performing the Power and Thermal Calibration. This issue is typically seen when a large amount of PCI-Express expansion cards are installed in the system.

Addressed an issue where USB devices could intermittently not respond in pre-boot environments such as system boot or the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This issue would typically result in USB keyboard, Drive Key or iLO Virtual Media devices from operating properly in pre-boot environments and has no impact on the functionality of USB devices under the Operating System.

Addressed an issue where Intel VT-d (IOMMU) would not function properly in certain platform configurations. In some instances, Linux kernel messaging (DMESG) would reflect an inability to enable IOMMO on the platform.

Addressed an issue where the system could experience a kernel panic when booting under Linux Xen hypervisors when the Virtual Install Disk is enabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The Virtual Install Disk is disabled by default.

Addressed an issue where hot plugging USB devices during pre-boot environments such as system boot or the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) could result in the USB device not functioning.

Addressed an issue where utilizing the iLO virtual NMI button causes results in an Unexpected Uncorrectable PCI Express Error event in Integrated Management Log (IML) instead of User Remotely Initiated NMI Switch event in the IML.

Addressed an issue where the System Health LED may not match the system health status reported in the iLO management pages.

Addressed an issue where VMware ESX may log multiple entries such as the following in vmkernel.log or vmkwarning.log: "WARNING: UserObj: 675: Failed to crossdup fd 8, /vmfs/devices/char/vmkdriver/hp type CHAR: Opaque service console status." OR "PCI: 4153: Failed to setup interrupt for System Peripherals device 000:000:04.4 ()." While Vmware ESX will function properly with previous revisions of the System ROM, this revision will prevent these warning messages from being logged.

Addressed an extremely rare issue where PCIe Gen3 cards installed in slots attached to the second processor may experience reduced performance because they may fail to train at Gen3 speeds or may fail to train at their full lane widths. While this issue could potentially occur, this issue has never been reported on this server.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced the ability of the platform to take advantage of Intel Turbo Mode allowing for increased overall system performance in environments which can take advantage of Turbo Mode functionality.

Added support for the Energy Performance Bias option in the Advanced Power Management Options of the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This option is defaulted to Balanced Performance. This option can be modified to maximum Performance for operating environments where performance is more important than power efficiency. This option controls how aggressively certain hardware-based power management options are utilized.

Added support for an option to disable the Intelligent Provisioning (F10 Prompt) functionality in the Server Security options of the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Added support for an option to disable Intel Data Direct I/O Technology in the Advanced Performance Tuning options of the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). When enabled, this option takes advantage of new functionality in the processor that reduces memory access from I/O devices and can result in accelerated performance. HP recommends leaving this option enabled in most environments. This option was always enabled with previous revisions of the System ROM.

Enabled Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) instructions. AES was disabled with the 12/21/2011 System ROM revision. Applications written to take advantage of AES will either run slower than if AES was enabled or such applications may fail to run. Hypervisor-based workload migration tools (such as VMware's VMotion Live Migration) may not be able to migrate workloads from systems that have AES disabled (with the 12/21/2011 System ROM) to systems that have AES enabled (with all later revisions of the System ROM). It is recommended that customers using hypervisor-based workload migration tools update their systems to this revision of the System ROM or later.


Version:2011.12.21 (A) (28 Mar 2012)
Enhancements

Upgrade Requirement:
Recommended - HP recommends users update to this version at their earliest convenience.


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

This is the initial version of the firmware.

Known Issues:

None