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Systems ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant DL385 G7 (A18) Servers (For USB Key-Media)

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Type: BIOS (Entitlement Required) - System ROM
Version: 2012.05.08 (A)(4 Sep 2012)
Operating System(s): Asianux 3
Asianux 4
CentOS 5
CentOS 6
Citrix XenServer 5.x
Citrix XenServer 6.x
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (AMD64/EM64T)
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (x86)
Debian GNU/Linux 6.0
Fedora 14
Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Essential Business
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Small Business
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
OS Independent
Oracle Linux 5 (AMD64/EM64T)
Oracle Linux 5 (x86)
Oracle Linux 6 (AMD64/EMT64)
Oracle Linux 6 (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86-64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86-64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86)
Solaris 10 for x86 Systems
Ubuntu 10.04 LT (x86)
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (AMD64/EM64T)
Ubuntu 10.10 (AMD64/EM64T)
Ubuntu 10.10 (x86)
Ubuntu 11.04
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1
VMware ESXi 5.0
openSUSE 11.3
File name: SP57848.exe (4.3 MB)
This release provides updated system ROM images for the latest maintenance releases of HP ProLiant DL385 G7 (A18) Servers.

Updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

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

SP57848.exe 7619dd06e438a354d7d2115632a25972

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


Installation:

USB Key - HPQUSB.exe is a Windows-based utility to locally partition, format and copy necessary files to a USB flash media device (e.g. HP Drive Key) through the Windows environment. The created USB flash media device is made bootable and ready to locally restore and/or update the firmware on the system.

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 DL385 G7 System ROM - A18

Release Date:

05/08/2012

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

03/19/2012

Previous Revision:

03/19/2012

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) HP Power Profile option did not correctly configure the Minimum Processor Idle Power State option.

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 an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) HP Power Profile option did not correctly configure the Minimum Processor Idle Power State option.

Known Issues:

None

Important Notes:

None

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL385 G7 System ROM - A18

Release Date:

05/08/2012

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

03/19/2012

Previous Revision:

03/19/2012

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) HP Power Profile option did not correctly configure the Minimum Processor Idle Power State option.

Known Issues:

None
Version:2018.03.14(A) (24 Apr 2018)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the AMD microcode which, in combination with operating system updates, provides mitigation for Variant 2 of the Side Channel Analysis vulnerability, also known as Spectre. Additional information is available from https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/security-updates.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Updated the AMD processor microcode to the latest version.

Known Issues:

None


Version:2014.02.02 (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:

Resolved a very rare condition where the system could become unresponsive or unexpectedly reset when running with AMD Opteron 6100 or 6200 processors. 

Known Issues:

None

Version:2012.12.08(A) (10 Jan 2013)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where industry standard tools, operating systems, and HP utilities may report less Level 3 (L3) cache than expected.

Resolved an issue where the system may halt during boot when the HPC Optimization Option is enabled and the Power Profile mode is set to Maximum Performance or Custom. The halt may occur when the Power Profile is set to Custom with the Minimum Processor Idle Power State set to No C-states, and the HP Power Regulator is set to either HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode, HP Static Low Power Mode, or HP Static High Performance Mode.

Resolved a rare issue where the system and IML may indicate an uncorrectable reset when upgrading to the 8/15/2012 system ROM.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

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

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:2012.08.15 (A) (26 Oct 2012)
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 systems could reset unexpectedly. The unexpected reset would be reported in the Integrated Management Log (IML) as "The system experienced an unexpected reboot. The Integrated Management Log (IML) may contain an entry indicating additional information about this reboot".

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced logging of system errors to the Integrated Management Log (IML). Certain errors that may have resulted in a non-maskable interrupt (NMI) (Windows Blue Screen, Linux kernel panic, or VMware Purple Screen of Death) or system reset without an IML entry will now have an IML entry indicating the error type.


Version:2012.05.08 (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:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) HP Power Profile option did not correctly configure the Minimum Processor Idle Power State option.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2012.03.19 (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:

Resolved an issue where systems running with AMD Opteron Series 6200 processors would not enter the Core C6 processor power state even when the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) "Minimum Processor Idle Power State" was set to the Default setting of "Core C6 (CC6) State". Functional Core C6 is a requirement to fully enable AMD Turbo CORE Technology.

Addressed an issue where rare PCI Express Errors may have previously resulted in a system crash or unexpected system behavior without any source indicated.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added a ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to allow the system to run memory at the highest or lowest supported voltage. In some cases, operating at the highest voltage may result in higher memory frequency settings and improved performance. The option "DIMM Voltage Preference" can be used to select between "Optimized for Performance" and "Optimized for Power". The "Optimized for Power" selection will run memory at the lowest possible voltage and may provide power savings.

Added a ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to disable the Stack Engine Prediction logic in the AMD Opteron Series 6200 processor. The option "Stack Engine Prediction" is enabled by default and HP does not recommend changing this setting.


Version:2011.12.31 (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:

Resolved an issue where systems running with AMD Opteron Series 6100 processors could experience uncorrectable memory address errors when running with the "Minimum Processor Idle Power State" ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option set to "C1E State (AMD C1 Clock Ramping)". This error may not be an indication of a failed DIMM or other system component, but rather an issue with memory initialization which is addressed by this revision of the System ROM. When running with the 12/28/2011 system ROM, this error will be reported in the Integrated Management Log (IML) as an Uncorrectable Machine Check Exception with Bank 0x00000004, Status 0xXXXXXXXX'XXXDXXXX (where X indicates the value does not matter). HP recommends that users who are experiencing unexpected reboots with System ROMs earlier than the 12/28/2011 System ROM or Integrated Management Log entries as indicated when using the 12/28/2011 System ROM upgrade to this revision of the System ROM before replacing any hardware components.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2011.12.28 (A) (28 Feb 2012)
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 Integrated Management Log (IML) would not indicate an error event on certain error conditions that result in an unexpected reboot.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for 4-core AMD Opteron 6200-series processors. While 4-core AMD Opteron 6200-series processors would boot and appear to work with previous revisions of the System ROM, this revision is the minimum required for proper operation.


Version:2011.12.10 (A) (20 Jan 2012)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

Users should update to this version of the System ROM for any systems configured with AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors and the 10/02/2011 System ROM version. The 10/02/2011 System ROM version has a known issue that can result in a no boot condition with no video display, the system locking up or rebooting due to an uncorrectable memory error, or correctable memory threshold error events being reported when using AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors. These errors are due to a firmware issue and are not a result of a problem with the system hardware or installed DIMMs. Due to this issue, the 10/02/2011 System ROM has been removed from the HP Support Site.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue in the 10/02/2011 System ROM where the system may not boot with AMD Opteron-series 6100 processors and Low Voltage DDR3 DIMMs. In rare cases the system would boot and have an increased risk of memory ECC errors. The system would still correctly detect and log the memory errors.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for DDR3 1600 MHz DIMMs. With previous revisions of the System ROM, these DIMMs would function but would be limited to frequencies below 1600 MHz. With this revision of the System ROM, DDR3 1600 MHz DIMMs will operate at 1600 MHz when using AMD Opteron 6200-series processors with all populated memory channels containing one Single or Dual-Rank DIMM.

Added an Advanced Performance Tuning ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to disable the CPU Cache Stride Prefetcher. The option can be found under the Advanced Options menu in RBSU. In very limited environments, disabling the stride prefetcher can give performance improvements. HP recommends leaving the stride prefetcher enabled in most environments.


Version:2011.05.10 (A) (19 Jul 2011)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an extremely intermittent issue that can result in a system reset or operating system crash (such as a VMware ESX Purple Screen of Death - PSoD) when the system is in a virtualized environment.

Resolved an issue that affects systems with specific DIMM configurations when the Advanced Memory Protection Mode is configured for Online Spare which can result in uncorrectable memory errors, correctable memory threshold errors, or system crashes after the system fails over to the spare memory. This affects systems with the following DIMM configurations: Memory channel configured with 3 or 5 ranks of memory (example is 1 Single Rank DIMM and one Dual Rank DIMM on a channel) and one rank on the memory channel is larger than all others and all other ranks are the same size.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced HP's Memory Pre-failure Alert support with HP Advanced Memory Error Detection Technology. This innovation analyzes multiple parameters of correctable memory error events and intelligently detects when the system is at an increased probability of non-recoverable memory conditions that would result in unplanned downtime or when correctable memory errors may degrade system performance. HP Advanced Memory Error Detection Technology will increase server uptime by accurately determining when a server administrator should schedule planned maintenance to replace DIMMs preventing unnecessary planned downtime and reducing the probability of unplanned downtime.

Added several performance tuning options into the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The following options were added to RBSU: "Hardware Prefetch Training on Software Prefetch", "DRAM Prefetch on CPU Request", "DRAM Prefetch on I/O Request", and "CPU Core Hardware Prefetcher". All of these options are enabled by default. While in most cases leaving these options enabled will provide optimum performance, there are workloads where disabling one or more of these options will improve performance.

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2011.01.29 (A) (15 Apr 2011)
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 extremely intermittent issue that can result in a system reset or operating system crash (such as a Windows Blue Screen, Linux Kernel Panic, or VMware ESX PSoD) when the system is under heavy I/O load. This issue is typically seen with systems configured with a large amount of optional PCI-express expansion cards.

Resolved an issue where the system may not be able to install an operating system to an iSCSI-based storage solution when using the local DVD drive.

Resolved a very rare issue where the system may either hang during system boot or boot with configuration options set incorrectly when non-volatile storage becomes corrupt. This is normally seen as the system hanging during system boot without anything displayed to video. Once the system gets into this state, the maintenance jumper can be utilized to recover operation of the system and restore configuration defaults. This revision of the System ROM will restore configuration defaults when non-volatile storage becomes corrupt.

Updated the embedded PXE firmware to version 6.0.11 to resolve an issue where the server may experience slow network boot performance due to TFTP timeouts.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2010.12.20 (B) (28 Feb 2011)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

SP51868 Revision B, which replaces the previous SP51868 Revision A, contains a documentation update only. SP51868 Revision A is equivalent to SP51868 Revision B and it is not necessary to upgrade with Revision B if Revision A was previously used to upgrade the system ROM to version 2010.12.20.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue in which uncorrectable memory errors (or other fatal system errors) will not be logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) when using some revisions of VMware ESX Server. These errors will result in a fatal error (Purple Screen of Death - PsoD) under Vmware ESX, but there will not be any indication of the error type (including no indication of an uncorrectable memory error or what DIMM has failed). The VMware ESX Server issue which causes this is addressed in VMware ESX 4.1 U1 and VMware ESX 4.0 U3.

Resolved an extremely intermittent issue that can result in uncorrectable memory errors being reported.  This will result in a system reset and an error logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML).  If using certain revisions of VMware ESX Server, this issue will result in a fatal error (Purple Screen of Death - PSoD). This is NOT an issue with the DIMM(s) and is completely resolved by the work-around included in this revision of the System ROM.  The issue does not occur if the Minimum Processor Idle State option in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) is configured for No C-states.

Resolved an issue where the system will not properly handle an Online Spare memory failover event. HP recommends that customers who configure the Advanced Memory Protection option for Online Spare Mode upgrade to this system ROM version to ensure proper operation.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2010.09.13 (A) (13 Oct 2010)
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 in ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) where menus for the Trusted Platform Module options are not displayed correctly for languages other than English.

Resolved an issue in which the external USB ports are not properly disabled when the USB Control option in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) is configured to External USB Ports Disabled.

Resolved an issue where the server may not wake up properly from an RTC Wakeup Event.

Resolved an issue where Memory Channel Interleaving is incorrectly enabled even when configured to disabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) menu option selection. Memory Channel Interleaving is enabled by default, but this issue prevented the ability to disable the feature.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for Online Spare Memory. This feature improves system availability by providing additional protection against memory failures beyond Advanced ECC support. Please consult HP documentation for details on properly configuring the DIMMs in the server to support Online Spare Mode.

Added new Advanced Performance Option in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) for Node Interleaving. This option is disabled by default and should typically remain disabled when using a NUMA-aware operating system (all operating systems officially supported by this platform are NUMA-aware). Enabling Node Interleaving disables the NUMA properties of the memory architecture by providing all processors with uniform access to the entire range of system memory. In a small minority of operating environments, this may provide improved memory performance. Enabling node interleaving requires that all memory channels have the same total memory size for each installed processor.


Version:2010.06.24 (A) (8 Jul 2010)
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 CPU utilization information displayed in the Insight Control power management (ICpm) pages was incorrect when Dynamic Power Capping is being used to cap the server's power usage.

Resolved an issue in which servers configured with 12-core AMD 6100-series Opteron processors cannot re-enable processor cores that were previously disabled via the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This issue is seen when the user had previously disabled 4 or more processor cores and attempts to re-enable the processor core count to be greater than 8.

Resolved an issue where the system could experience a hang while resuming from an operating system hibernation event.

Resolved a rare issue where the system may experience a hang during system boot when certain USB KVMs are attached to the server.

Resolved an issue where the system may not be able to wake up from a Wake On LAN request to a network card installed in an expansion slot.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option for HyperTransport Frequency with options of HT1 and HT3 (default). Under certain configurations with certain workloads and/or benchmarks, running the HyperTransport links at HT1 speeds can result in power savings without significant impact to performance.

Improved performance under certain workloads for systems configured with two AMD Opteron 6000-series processors when using a NUMA-aware operating system.


Version:2010.04.12 (A) (25 May 2010)
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


Type: BIOS (Entitlement Required) - System ROM
Version: 2012.05.08 (A)(4 Sep 2012)
Operating System(s):
Asianux 3
Asianux 4
CentOS 5
CentOS 6
Citrix XenServer 5.x
Citrix XenServer 6.x
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (AMD64/EM64T)
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (x86)
Debian GNU/Linux 6.0
Fedora 14
Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Essential Business
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Small Business
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 W32
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
OS Independent
Oracle Linux 5 (AMD64/EM64T)
Oracle Linux 5 (x86)
Oracle Linux 6 (AMD64/EMT64)
Oracle Linux 6 (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server (x86-64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server (x86-64)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 (x86)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (AMD64/EM64T)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (x86)
Solaris 10 for x86 Systems
Ubuntu 10.04 LT (x86)
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (AMD64/EM64T)
Ubuntu 10.10 (AMD64/EM64T)
Ubuntu 10.10 (x86)
Ubuntu 11.04
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1
VMware ESXi 5.0
openSUSE 11.3

Description

This release provides updated system ROM images for the latest maintenance releases of HP ProLiant DL385 G7 (A18) Servers.

Enhancements

Updated language translations (for non-English modes) in 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:

SP57848.exe 7619dd06e438a354d7d2115632a25972

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


Installation:

USB Key - HPQUSB.exe is a Windows-based utility to locally partition, format and copy necessary files to a USB flash media device (e.g. HP Drive Key) through the Windows environment. The created USB flash media device is made bootable and ready to locally restore and/or update the firmware on the system.

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 DL385 G7 System ROM - A18

Release Date:

05/08/2012

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

03/19/2012

Previous Revision:

03/19/2012

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) HP Power Profile option did not correctly configure the Minimum Processor Idle Power State option.

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 an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) HP Power Profile option did not correctly configure the Minimum Processor Idle Power State option.

Known Issues:

None

Important

Important Notes:

None

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant DL385 G7 System ROM - A18

Release Date:

05/08/2012

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

03/19/2012

Previous Revision:

03/19/2012

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

Updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) HP Power Profile option did not correctly configure the Minimum Processor Idle Power State option.

Known Issues:

None

Revision History

Version:2018.03.14(A) (24 Apr 2018)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the AMD microcode which, in combination with operating system updates, provides mitigation for Variant 2 of the Side Channel Analysis vulnerability, also known as Spectre. Additional information is available from https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/security-updates.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Updated the AMD processor microcode to the latest version.

Known Issues:

None


Version:2014.02.02 (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:

Resolved a very rare condition where the system could become unresponsive or unexpectedly reset when running with AMD Opteron 6100 or 6200 processors. 

Known Issues:

None

Version:2012.12.08(A) (10 Jan 2013)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where industry standard tools, operating systems, and HP utilities may report less Level 3 (L3) cache than expected.

Resolved an issue where the system may halt during boot when the HPC Optimization Option is enabled and the Power Profile mode is set to Maximum Performance or Custom. The halt may occur when the Power Profile is set to Custom with the Minimum Processor Idle Power State set to No C-states, and the HP Power Regulator is set to either HP Dynamic Power Savings Mode, HP Static Low Power Mode, or HP Static High Performance Mode.

Resolved a rare issue where the system and IML may indicate an uncorrectable reset when upgrading to the 8/15/2012 system ROM.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

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

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:2012.08.15 (A) (26 Oct 2012)
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 systems could reset unexpectedly. The unexpected reset would be reported in the Integrated Management Log (IML) as "The system experienced an unexpected reboot. The Integrated Management Log (IML) may contain an entry indicating additional information about this reboot".

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced logging of system errors to the Integrated Management Log (IML). Certain errors that may have resulted in a non-maskable interrupt (NMI) (Windows Blue Screen, Linux kernel panic, or VMware Purple Screen of Death) or system reset without an IML entry will now have an IML entry indicating the error type.


Version:2012.05.08 (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:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Addressed an issue where the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) HP Power Profile option did not correctly configure the Minimum Processor Idle Power State option.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Updated language translations (for non-English modes) in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2012.03.19 (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:

Resolved an issue where systems running with AMD Opteron Series 6200 processors would not enter the Core C6 processor power state even when the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) "Minimum Processor Idle Power State" was set to the Default setting of "Core C6 (CC6) State". Functional Core C6 is a requirement to fully enable AMD Turbo CORE Technology.

Addressed an issue where rare PCI Express Errors may have previously resulted in a system crash or unexpected system behavior without any source indicated.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added a ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to allow the system to run memory at the highest or lowest supported voltage. In some cases, operating at the highest voltage may result in higher memory frequency settings and improved performance. The option "DIMM Voltage Preference" can be used to select between "Optimized for Performance" and "Optimized for Power". The "Optimized for Power" selection will run memory at the lowest possible voltage and may provide power savings.

Added a ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to disable the Stack Engine Prediction logic in the AMD Opteron Series 6200 processor. The option "Stack Engine Prediction" is enabled by default and HP does not recommend changing this setting.


Version:2011.12.31 (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:

Resolved an issue where systems running with AMD Opteron Series 6100 processors could experience uncorrectable memory address errors when running with the "Minimum Processor Idle Power State" ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option set to "C1E State (AMD C1 Clock Ramping)". This error may not be an indication of a failed DIMM or other system component, but rather an issue with memory initialization which is addressed by this revision of the System ROM. When running with the 12/28/2011 system ROM, this error will be reported in the Integrated Management Log (IML) as an Uncorrectable Machine Check Exception with Bank 0x00000004, Status 0xXXXXXXXX'XXXDXXXX (where X indicates the value does not matter). HP recommends that users who are experiencing unexpected reboots with System ROMs earlier than the 12/28/2011 System ROM or Integrated Management Log entries as indicated when using the 12/28/2011 System ROM upgrade to this revision of the System ROM before replacing any hardware components.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2011.12.28 (A) (28 Feb 2012)
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 Integrated Management Log (IML) would not indicate an error event on certain error conditions that result in an unexpected reboot.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for 4-core AMD Opteron 6200-series processors. While 4-core AMD Opteron 6200-series processors would boot and appear to work with previous revisions of the System ROM, this revision is the minimum required for proper operation.


Version:2011.12.10 (A) (20 Jan 2012)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

Users should update to this version of the System ROM for any systems configured with AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors and the 10/02/2011 System ROM version. The 10/02/2011 System ROM version has a known issue that can result in a no boot condition with no video display, the system locking up or rebooting due to an uncorrectable memory error, or correctable memory threshold error events being reported when using AMD Opteron 6100 Series processors. These errors are due to a firmware issue and are not a result of a problem with the system hardware or installed DIMMs. Due to this issue, the 10/02/2011 System ROM has been removed from the HP Support Site.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue in the 10/02/2011 System ROM where the system may not boot with AMD Opteron-series 6100 processors and Low Voltage DDR3 DIMMs. In rare cases the system would boot and have an increased risk of memory ECC errors. The system would still correctly detect and log the memory errors.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for DDR3 1600 MHz DIMMs. With previous revisions of the System ROM, these DIMMs would function but would be limited to frequencies below 1600 MHz. With this revision of the System ROM, DDR3 1600 MHz DIMMs will operate at 1600 MHz when using AMD Opteron 6200-series processors with all populated memory channels containing one Single or Dual-Rank DIMM.

Added an Advanced Performance Tuning ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option to disable the CPU Cache Stride Prefetcher. The option can be found under the Advanced Options menu in RBSU. In very limited environments, disabling the stride prefetcher can give performance improvements. HP recommends leaving the stride prefetcher enabled in most environments.


Version:2011.05.10 (A) (19 Jul 2011)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an extremely intermittent issue that can result in a system reset or operating system crash (such as a VMware ESX Purple Screen of Death - PSoD) when the system is in a virtualized environment.

Resolved an issue that affects systems with specific DIMM configurations when the Advanced Memory Protection Mode is configured for Online Spare which can result in uncorrectable memory errors, correctable memory threshold errors, or system crashes after the system fails over to the spare memory. This affects systems with the following DIMM configurations: Memory channel configured with 3 or 5 ranks of memory (example is 1 Single Rank DIMM and one Dual Rank DIMM on a channel) and one rank on the memory channel is larger than all others and all other ranks are the same size.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced HP's Memory Pre-failure Alert support with HP Advanced Memory Error Detection Technology. This innovation analyzes multiple parameters of correctable memory error events and intelligently detects when the system is at an increased probability of non-recoverable memory conditions that would result in unplanned downtime or when correctable memory errors may degrade system performance. HP Advanced Memory Error Detection Technology will increase server uptime by accurately determining when a server administrator should schedule planned maintenance to replace DIMMs preventing unnecessary planned downtime and reducing the probability of unplanned downtime.

Added several performance tuning options into the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The following options were added to RBSU: "Hardware Prefetch Training on Software Prefetch", "DRAM Prefetch on CPU Request", "DRAM Prefetch on I/O Request", and "CPU Core Hardware Prefetcher". All of these options are enabled by default. While in most cases leaving these options enabled will provide optimum performance, there are workloads where disabling one or more of these options will improve performance.

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2011.01.29 (A) (15 Apr 2011)
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 extremely intermittent issue that can result in a system reset or operating system crash (such as a Windows Blue Screen, Linux Kernel Panic, or VMware ESX PSoD) when the system is under heavy I/O load. This issue is typically seen with systems configured with a large amount of optional PCI-express expansion cards.

Resolved an issue where the system may not be able to install an operating system to an iSCSI-based storage solution when using the local DVD drive.

Resolved a very rare issue where the system may either hang during system boot or boot with configuration options set incorrectly when non-volatile storage becomes corrupt. This is normally seen as the system hanging during system boot without anything displayed to video. Once the system gets into this state, the maintenance jumper can be utilized to recover operation of the system and restore configuration defaults. This revision of the System ROM will restore configuration defaults when non-volatile storage becomes corrupt.

Updated the embedded PXE firmware to version 6.0.11 to resolve an issue where the server may experience slow network boot performance due to TFTP timeouts.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added latest product names of optional expansion cards for display in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).


Version:2010.12.20 (B) (28 Feb 2011)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

SP51868 Revision B, which replaces the previous SP51868 Revision A, contains a documentation update only. SP51868 Revision A is equivalent to SP51868 Revision B and it is not necessary to upgrade with Revision B if Revision A was previously used to upgrade the system ROM to version 2010.12.20.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue in which uncorrectable memory errors (or other fatal system errors) will not be logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML) when using some revisions of VMware ESX Server. These errors will result in a fatal error (Purple Screen of Death - PsoD) under Vmware ESX, but there will not be any indication of the error type (including no indication of an uncorrectable memory error or what DIMM has failed). The VMware ESX Server issue which causes this is addressed in VMware ESX 4.1 U1 and VMware ESX 4.0 U3.

Resolved an extremely intermittent issue that can result in uncorrectable memory errors being reported.  This will result in a system reset and an error logged to the Integrated Management Log (IML).  If using certain revisions of VMware ESX Server, this issue will result in a fatal error (Purple Screen of Death - PSoD). This is NOT an issue with the DIMM(s) and is completely resolved by the work-around included in this revision of the System ROM.  The issue does not occur if the Minimum Processor Idle State option in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) is configured for No C-states.

Resolved an issue where the system will not properly handle an Online Spare memory failover event. HP recommends that customers who configure the Advanced Memory Protection option for Online Spare Mode upgrade to this system ROM version to ensure proper operation.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2010.09.13 (A) (13 Oct 2010)
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 in ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) where menus for the Trusted Platform Module options are not displayed correctly for languages other than English.

Resolved an issue in which the external USB ports are not properly disabled when the USB Control option in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) is configured to External USB Ports Disabled.

Resolved an issue where the server may not wake up properly from an RTC Wakeup Event.

Resolved an issue where Memory Channel Interleaving is incorrectly enabled even when configured to disabled in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) menu option selection. Memory Channel Interleaving is enabled by default, but this issue prevented the ability to disable the feature.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added support for Online Spare Memory. This feature improves system availability by providing additional protection against memory failures beyond Advanced ECC support. Please consult HP documentation for details on properly configuring the DIMMs in the server to support Online Spare Mode.

Added new Advanced Performance Option in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) for Node Interleaving. This option is disabled by default and should typically remain disabled when using a NUMA-aware operating system (all operating systems officially supported by this platform are NUMA-aware). Enabling Node Interleaving disables the NUMA properties of the memory architecture by providing all processors with uniform access to the entire range of system memory. In a small minority of operating environments, this may provide improved memory performance. Enabling node interleaving requires that all memory channels have the same total memory size for each installed processor.


Version:2010.06.24 (A) (8 Jul 2010)
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 CPU utilization information displayed in the Insight Control power management (ICpm) pages was incorrect when Dynamic Power Capping is being used to cap the server's power usage.

Resolved an issue in which servers configured with 12-core AMD 6100-series Opteron processors cannot re-enable processor cores that were previously disabled via the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). This issue is seen when the user had previously disabled 4 or more processor cores and attempts to re-enable the processor core count to be greater than 8.

Resolved an issue where the system could experience a hang while resuming from an operating system hibernation event.

Resolved a rare issue where the system may experience a hang during system boot when certain USB KVMs are attached to the server.

Resolved an issue where the system may not be able to wake up from a Wake On LAN request to a network card installed in an expansion slot.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Added a ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) option for HyperTransport Frequency with options of HT1 and HT3 (default). Under certain configurations with certain workloads and/or benchmarks, running the HyperTransport links at HT1 speeds can result in power savings without significant impact to performance.

Improved performance under certain workloads for systems configured with two AMD Opteron 6000-series processors when using a NUMA-aware operating system.


Version:2010.04.12 (A) (25 May 2010)
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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