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* RECOMMENDED * Systems ROMPaq Firmware Upgrade for HP ProLiant BL490c G7 (I28) Servers (For USB Key-Media)

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Type: BIOS (Entitlement Required) - System ROM
Version: 2012.12.03 (A)(11 Jan 2013)
Operating System(s): Citrix XenServer 5.x
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (AMD64/EM64T)
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (x86)
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
Oracle Linux 5 (AMD64/EM64T)
Oracle Linux 5 (x86)
OS Independent
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)
Solaris 10 for x86 Systems
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)
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1
File name: SP60347.exe (4.5 MB)
This release provides updated system ROM images for the latest maintenance releases of HP ProLiant BL490c G7 (I28) Servers.

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

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

SP60347.exe fdb6aeaa1749866622ea24c6fc64c6e9

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


Important:

Important Notes:

After updating to this revision of the System ROM, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site for any ROM version 01/29/2011 or earlier. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant BL490c G7 System ROM - I28

Release Date:

12/03/2012

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

12/03/2012

Previous Revision:

05/05/2011

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

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

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Command Line Interface (CLI) would not set the QPI Bandwidth Optimization (RTID) feature properly.

Known Issues:

None

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


Important Notes:

After updating to this revision of the System ROM, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site for any ROM version 01/29/2011 or earlier. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Command Line Interface (CLI) would not set the QPI Bandwidth Optimization (RTID) feature properly.

Known Issues:

None

Important Notes:

After updating to this revision of the System ROM, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site for any ROM version 01/29/2011 or earlier. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant BL490c G7 System ROM - I28

Release Date:

12/03/2012

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

12/03/2012

Previous Revision:

05/05/2011

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

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

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Command Line Interface (CLI) would not set the QPI Bandwidth Optimization (RTID) feature properly.

Known Issues:

None
Version:2018.05.21(A) (6 Jul 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 Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system and hypervisor updates, provides mitigation for the L1 Terminal Fault – OS/SMM (CVE-2018-3620) and L1 Terminal Fault – VMM (CVE-2018-3646) security vulnerabilities.  These vulnerabilities may allow unauthorized disclosure of information residing in the L1 data cache to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis.  These security vulnerabilities are not unique to HPE servers and impact any servers utilizing impacted processors.  Note that this server is NOT vulnerable to L1 Terminal Fault – SGX (CVE-2018-3615), also known as Foreshadow, because this server does NOT support SGX.

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system updates, provides mitigation for the Speculative Store Bypass (also known as Variant 4) security vulnerability. A Medium level CVE has been assigned to this issue with ID CVE-2018-3639. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and speculative execution of memory reads before the addresses of all prior memory writes are known may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. This security vulnerability is not unique to HPE servers and impacts any systems utilizing impacted processors.

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which provides mitigation for the Rogue Register Read (also known as Variant 3a) security vulnerability. A Medium level CVE has been assigned to this issue with ID CVE-2018-3640. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and that perform speculative reads of system registers may allow unauthorized disclosure of system parameters to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. This security vulnerability is not unique to HPE servers and impacts any systems utilizing impacted processors.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system and hypervisor updates, provides mitigation for the L1 Terminal Fault – OS/SMM (CVE-2018-3620) and L1 Terminal Fault – VMM (CVE-2018-3646) security vulnerabilities.  These vulnerabilities may allow unauthorized disclosure of information residing in the L1 data cache to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis.  These security vulnerabilities are not unique to HPE servers and impact any servers utilizing impacted processors.  Note that this server is NOT vulnerable to L1 Terminal Fault – SGX (CVE-2018-3615), also known as Foreshadow, because this server does NOT support SGX.

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system updates, provides mitigation for the Speculative Store Bypass (also known as Variant 4) security vulnerability. A Medium level CVE has been assigned to this issue with ID CVE-2018-3639. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and speculative execution of memory reads before the addresses of all prior memory writes are known may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. This security vulnerability is not unique to HPE servers and impacts any systems utilizing impacted processors.

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which provides mitigation for the Rogue Register Read (also known as Variant 3a) security vulnerability. A Medium level CVE has been assigned to this issue with ID CVE-2018-3640. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and that perform speculative reads of system registers may allow unauthorized disclosure of system parameters to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. This security vulnerability is not unique to HPE servers and impacts any systems utilizing impacted processors.

Known Issues:

None


Version:2018.02.22(A) (22 Mar 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 Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system updates, provides mitigation for Variant 2 of the Side Channel Analysis vulnerability, also known as Spectre. The revision of the microcode included in this System ROM does NOT have issues with more frequent reboots and unpredictable system behavior which impacted the previous Intel microcode which was part of the Spectre Variant 2 mitigation.  Additional information is available from Intel’s Security Exploit Newsroom, https://newsroom.intel.com/press-kits/security-exploits-intel-products/.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Updated the Intel processor microcode to the latest version.

Known Issues:

None


Version:2015.08.16 (A) (1 Oct 2015)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

While HP ProLiant servers using impacted Intel processors are not vulnerable to the specific attack announced publicly at the Blackhat USA 2015 security conference, this BIOS update includes updated microcodes from Intel which prevent the possibility of exploiting the processor vulnerability that make the attack possible. This Intel processor vulnerability is NOT unique to HP ProLiant servers.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2013.07.02(A) (14 Aug 2013)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

Enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

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 with the Intel Xeon Processor X5675, Intel Xeon Processor X5690, and Intel Xeon Processor X5687 where a rare and complex combination of data and environmental conditions may result in some instructions not executing properly causing unpredictable system behavior. This issue is not unique to HP ProLiant servers and could impact any system using the affected processors listed above. This revision of the System ROM contains and updated version of Intel's microcode that addresses this issue. This System ROM upgrade is considered a critical fix for customers utilizing the affected processors. This issue does not impact any processors that are not listed above.

Addressed an issue where the platform may experience networking issues under heavy workloads with Operating Systems, such as Linux RedHat 6.2, and IRQ Balancing enabled in the Operating System. As a result of this issue, software may lose interrupts, receive spurious interrupts or cause a network disconnect.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2012.12.03 (A) (11 Jan 2013)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

After updating to this revision of the System ROM, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site for any ROM version 01/29/2011 or earlier. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Command Line Interface (CLI) would not set the QPI Bandwidth Optimization (RTID) feature properly.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

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


Version:2011.05.05 (A) (6 Jul 2011)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue that may result in any of the following conditions: operating system stops responding, unexpected system reset, Blue Screen when using a Microsoft Windows operating system, kernel panic when using a Linux operating system, or Purple Screen when using VMware ESX. A message may be displayed by the operating system or logged in the HP Integrated Management Log (IML) when this issue occurs indicating an "Uncorrectable Machine Check Exception." However, there are instances where the system resets before the operating system displays an error message and instances where the IML contains no log entry when this issue occurs. This issue does not occur if the Minimum Processor Idle State is configured for No C-states or C1E-state. The system is susceptible to this issue in the default Minimum Processor Idle State configuration.

Resolved an issue where PCI-Express Gen 3 option cards would run at PCI-Express Gen 1 speeds rather than the appropriate behavior of running at PCI-Express Gen 2 speeds. This server supports a maximum PCI-Express speed of Gen 2.

Resolved an issue in which uncorrectable memory errors (or other fatal system errors) will not be logged to the HP 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). A VMware ESX Server issue which can result in uncorrectable memory errors this is addressed in VMware ESX 4.1 U1 and VMware ESX 4.0 U3. This System ROM revision addresses the logging of errors to the IML.

Resolved an issue where the system did not properly modify the processor’s power state (P-state) based on workload when the system is configured with Intel Xeon 5687 processors and the HP Power Regulator Mode is configured to OS Control Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The processor would always run in its maximum power/performance state rather than modifying the power state based on the workload.

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.

Enhanced DIMM initialization such that the system will continue to boot with failed DIMM(s) installed (with those DIMM(s) not available to the operating system) in some instances that would have previously resulted in a hang early in the system boot process without any information displayed on the screen.

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

Improved the logging of Smart Array Accelerator Battery and Smart Array Accelerator Super-Cap information in the Integrated Management Log (IML) to clearly indicate what actions a customer should take when the battery or super-cap is not installed, requires replacement, or is charging.


Version:2011.01.29 (B) (14 Mar 2011)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

SP52108 Revision B, which replaces the previous SP52108 Revision A, contains a documentation update only. SP52108 Revision A is equivalent to SP52108 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 2011.01.29.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where Online Spare (OLS) Advanced Memory Protection Mode does not function properly when a system contains six 32 GB DIMMs on any processor (two 32 GB DIMMs per channel for all 3 channels on the processor). When Online Spare Mode is enabled for a system with six 32 GB DIMMs on a processor, the system will NOT be protected by the spare memory and one channel of memory per processor in this configuration will not be available to the operating system. The system will indicate it is in Advanced ECC mode during system boot, but not all installed memory will be available to the operating system as would normally occur in Advanced ECC Mode. Customers configuring their system for Online Spare Mode with six 32 GB DIMMs per installed processor should update their System ROM. Note: Because 32 GB DIMMs are quad-rank, six 32 GB DIMMs per processor is the maximum supported.

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.

Resolved an issue where the iLO TEXTCONs feature would not function properly with the latest Linux kernels, including RHEL 6 and SLES 11 SP1. The issue is usually seen as TEXTCONs data no longer being received once the operating system has loaded.

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 optical drive.

Resolved an issue where the system would not boot from iLO Virtual USB devices when configured with multiple local USB devices. This issue is usually seen as a failure to boot an iLO Virtual Medial USB key when 2 or more USB keys are installed locally in the server. iLO Virtual Devices will now always have priority over local USB devices.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

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


Version:2010.12.01 (A) (18 Dec 2010)
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:

Recommended to upgrade to firmware version 2010.12.01 if Lockstep Mode is enabled.

Users should update to this latest firmware revision for any systems running with the 10/19/2010 System ROM revisions. The 10/19/2010 System ROM revisions have a known issue which can result in uncorrectable memory errors and correctable memory threshold errors and should not be utilized. These errors are due to a firmware issue and not a result of a problem with the system hardware or installed DIMMs.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where Uncorrectable Memory Errors will be logged incorrectly to the Integrated Management Log (IML) when the Advanced Memory Protection Mode is configured for Lockstep Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The Uncorrectable Memory Errors will indicate the incorrect DIMM as failed. If a system is configured for Lockstep Mode and an Uncorrectable Memory Error occurs, the DIMM indicated in the IML should not be replaced if the system is using a revision of the System ROM older than this revision. The correct DIMM will be indicated on the DIMM LEDs if the server includes DIMM LEDs. Note that Lockstep Mode is NOT the default Advanced Memory Protection Mode. If the Advanced Memory Protection Mode was never modified from its default setting, the system will not be affected by this issue.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced the correctable memory error threshold error event handling to isolate degraded DIMM issues to a single DIMM when the Advanced Memory Protection Mode is configured for Lockstep Mode when the system is utilizing Intel Xeon 5600-series processors. With Intel Xeon 5500-series processors, correctable memory error threshold events can only be isolated to a pair of DIMMs when the system is configured to Lockstep Mode.

Added support to allow industry standard utilities to display the actual operating frequency of the installed memory. This is supporting a newly defined industry standard field. Utilities to display this information may not yet be available.

Added a new ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Performance Tuning option known as QPI Bandwidth Optimization(RTID) to optimize link bandwidth settings for 2-Socket Intel Xeon 5600 series processors. These settings (also known as RTIDs) allow the user to balance bandwidth allocated between processors, memory, and I/O. While the balanced option (default) is recommended for the majority of customers, some benchmarks and workloads may show improved performance using different settings that allow optimization for memory streaming or I/O streaming. Customers that deploy I/O intensive applications such as seen with multiple GPUs, might see an improvement in GPU processing throughput when using the Optimized for I/O setting. This option is not available for systems utilizing Intel Xeon 5500-series processors.

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

Added the Power-On Logo option to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) to allow the system to always display option ROM messages during system boot.


Version:2010.09.30 (A) (12 Oct 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: 2012.12.03 (A)(11 Jan 2013)
Operating System(s):
Citrix XenServer 5.x
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (AMD64/EM64T)
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (x86)
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
Oracle Linux 5 (AMD64/EM64T)
Oracle Linux 5 (x86)
OS Independent
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)
Solaris 10 for x86 Systems
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)
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0
VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1

Description

This release provides updated system ROM images for the latest maintenance releases of HP ProLiant BL490c G7 (I28) Servers.

Enhancements

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

Installation Instructions

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

SP60347.exe fdb6aeaa1749866622ea24c6fc64c6e9

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


Important:

Important Notes:

After updating to this revision of the System ROM, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site for any ROM version 01/29/2011 or earlier. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant BL490c G7 System ROM - I28

Release Date:

12/03/2012

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

12/03/2012

Previous Revision:

05/05/2011

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

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

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Command Line Interface (CLI) would not set the QPI Bandwidth Optimization (RTID) feature properly.

Known Issues:

None

Fixes

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


Important Notes:

After updating to this revision of the System ROM, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site for any ROM version 01/29/2011 or earlier. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Command Line Interface (CLI) would not set the QPI Bandwidth Optimization (RTID) feature properly.

Known Issues:

None

Important

Important Notes:

After updating to this revision of the System ROM, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site for any ROM version 01/29/2011 or earlier. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Deliverable Name:

HP ProLiant BL490c G7 System ROM - I28

Release Date:

12/03/2012

Last Recommended or Critical Revision:

12/03/2012

Previous Revision:

05/05/2011

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Enhancements/New Features:

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

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Command Line Interface (CLI) would not set the QPI Bandwidth Optimization (RTID) feature properly.

Known Issues:

None

Revision History

Version:2018.05.21(A) (6 Jul 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 Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system and hypervisor updates, provides mitigation for the L1 Terminal Fault – OS/SMM (CVE-2018-3620) and L1 Terminal Fault – VMM (CVE-2018-3646) security vulnerabilities.  These vulnerabilities may allow unauthorized disclosure of information residing in the L1 data cache to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis.  These security vulnerabilities are not unique to HPE servers and impact any servers utilizing impacted processors.  Note that this server is NOT vulnerable to L1 Terminal Fault – SGX (CVE-2018-3615), also known as Foreshadow, because this server does NOT support SGX.

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system updates, provides mitigation for the Speculative Store Bypass (also known as Variant 4) security vulnerability. A Medium level CVE has been assigned to this issue with ID CVE-2018-3639. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and speculative execution of memory reads before the addresses of all prior memory writes are known may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. This security vulnerability is not unique to HPE servers and impacts any systems utilizing impacted processors.

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which provides mitigation for the Rogue Register Read (also known as Variant 3a) security vulnerability. A Medium level CVE has been assigned to this issue with ID CVE-2018-3640. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and that perform speculative reads of system registers may allow unauthorized disclosure of system parameters to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. This security vulnerability is not unique to HPE servers and impacts any systems utilizing impacted processors.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system and hypervisor updates, provides mitigation for the L1 Terminal Fault – OS/SMM (CVE-2018-3620) and L1 Terminal Fault – VMM (CVE-2018-3646) security vulnerabilities.  These vulnerabilities may allow unauthorized disclosure of information residing in the L1 data cache to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis.  These security vulnerabilities are not unique to HPE servers and impact any servers utilizing impacted processors.  Note that this server is NOT vulnerable to L1 Terminal Fault – SGX (CVE-2018-3615), also known as Foreshadow, because this server does NOT support SGX.

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system updates, provides mitigation for the Speculative Store Bypass (also known as Variant 4) security vulnerability. A Medium level CVE has been assigned to this issue with ID CVE-2018-3639. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and speculative execution of memory reads before the addresses of all prior memory writes are known may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. This security vulnerability is not unique to HPE servers and impacts any systems utilizing impacted processors.

This revision of the System ROM includes the latest revision of the Intel microcode which provides mitigation for the Rogue Register Read (also known as Variant 3a) security vulnerability. A Medium level CVE has been assigned to this issue with ID CVE-2018-3640. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and that perform speculative reads of system registers may allow unauthorized disclosure of system parameters to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis. This security vulnerability is not unique to HPE servers and impacts any systems utilizing impacted processors.

Known Issues:

None


Version:2018.02.22(A) (22 Mar 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 Intel microcode which, in combination with operating system updates, provides mitigation for Variant 2 of the Side Channel Analysis vulnerability, also known as Spectre. The revision of the microcode included in this System ROM does NOT have issues with more frequent reboots and unpredictable system behavior which impacted the previous Intel microcode which was part of the Spectre Variant 2 mitigation.  Additional information is available from Intel’s Security Exploit Newsroom, https://newsroom.intel.com/press-kits/security-exploits-intel-products/.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Updated the Intel processor microcode to the latest version.

Known Issues:

None


Version:2015.08.16 (A) (1 Oct 2015)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

While HP ProLiant servers using impacted Intel processors are not vulnerable to the specific attack announced publicly at the Blackhat USA 2015 security conference, this BIOS update includes updated microcodes from Intel which prevent the possibility of exploiting the processor vulnerability that make the attack possible. This Intel processor vulnerability is NOT unique to HP ProLiant servers.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2013.07.02(A) (14 Aug 2013)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

Enhancing the flash upgrade process requires modifications to both the System ROM and the flash update utility, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site after updating to this revision of the System ROM. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

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 with the Intel Xeon Processor X5675, Intel Xeon Processor X5690, and Intel Xeon Processor X5687 where a rare and complex combination of data and environmental conditions may result in some instructions not executing properly causing unpredictable system behavior. This issue is not unique to HP ProLiant servers and could impact any system using the affected processors listed above. This revision of the System ROM contains and updated version of Intel's microcode that addresses this issue. This System ROM upgrade is considered a critical fix for customers utilizing the affected processors. This issue does not impact any processors that are not listed above.

Addressed an issue where the platform may experience networking issues under heavy workloads with Operating Systems, such as Linux RedHat 6.2, and IRQ Balancing enabled in the Operating System. As a result of this issue, software may lose interrupts, receive spurious interrupts or cause a network disconnect.

Known Issues:

None

Version:2012.12.03 (A) (11 Jan 2013)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

After updating to this revision of the System ROM, the System ROM revision cannot be downgraded with the flash components available on the HP Support site for any ROM version 01/29/2011 or earlier. A customer can downgrade the System ROM by creating a new flash component with the older System ROM revision as indicated in Advisory C02838375 available at the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?locale=en_US&objectID=c02838375

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where the ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Command Line Interface (CLI) would not set the QPI Bandwidth Optimization (RTID) feature properly.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

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


Version:2011.05.05 (A) (6 Jul 2011)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

None

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue that may result in any of the following conditions: operating system stops responding, unexpected system reset, Blue Screen when using a Microsoft Windows operating system, kernel panic when using a Linux operating system, or Purple Screen when using VMware ESX. A message may be displayed by the operating system or logged in the HP Integrated Management Log (IML) when this issue occurs indicating an "Uncorrectable Machine Check Exception." However, there are instances where the system resets before the operating system displays an error message and instances where the IML contains no log entry when this issue occurs. This issue does not occur if the Minimum Processor Idle State is configured for No C-states or C1E-state. The system is susceptible to this issue in the default Minimum Processor Idle State configuration.

Resolved an issue where PCI-Express Gen 3 option cards would run at PCI-Express Gen 1 speeds rather than the appropriate behavior of running at PCI-Express Gen 2 speeds. This server supports a maximum PCI-Express speed of Gen 2.

Resolved an issue in which uncorrectable memory errors (or other fatal system errors) will not be logged to the HP 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). A VMware ESX Server issue which can result in uncorrectable memory errors this is addressed in VMware ESX 4.1 U1 and VMware ESX 4.0 U3. This System ROM revision addresses the logging of errors to the IML.

Resolved an issue where the system did not properly modify the processor’s power state (P-state) based on workload when the system is configured with Intel Xeon 5687 processors and the HP Power Regulator Mode is configured to OS Control Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The processor would always run in its maximum power/performance state rather than modifying the power state based on the workload.

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.

Enhanced DIMM initialization such that the system will continue to boot with failed DIMM(s) installed (with those DIMM(s) not available to the operating system) in some instances that would have previously resulted in a hang early in the system boot process without any information displayed on the screen.

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

Improved the logging of Smart Array Accelerator Battery and Smart Array Accelerator Super-Cap information in the Integrated Management Log (IML) to clearly indicate what actions a customer should take when the battery or super-cap is not installed, requires replacement, or is charging.


Version:2011.01.29 (B) (14 Mar 2011)
Fixes

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


Important Notes:

SP52108 Revision B, which replaces the previous SP52108 Revision A, contains a documentation update only. SP52108 Revision A is equivalent to SP52108 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 2011.01.29.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where Online Spare (OLS) Advanced Memory Protection Mode does not function properly when a system contains six 32 GB DIMMs on any processor (two 32 GB DIMMs per channel for all 3 channels on the processor). When Online Spare Mode is enabled for a system with six 32 GB DIMMs on a processor, the system will NOT be protected by the spare memory and one channel of memory per processor in this configuration will not be available to the operating system. The system will indicate it is in Advanced ECC mode during system boot, but not all installed memory will be available to the operating system as would normally occur in Advanced ECC Mode. Customers configuring their system for Online Spare Mode with six 32 GB DIMMs per installed processor should update their System ROM. Note: Because 32 GB DIMMs are quad-rank, six 32 GB DIMMs per processor is the maximum supported.

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.

Resolved an issue where the iLO TEXTCONs feature would not function properly with the latest Linux kernels, including RHEL 6 and SLES 11 SP1. The issue is usually seen as TEXTCONs data no longer being received once the operating system has loaded.

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 optical drive.

Resolved an issue where the system would not boot from iLO Virtual USB devices when configured with multiple local USB devices. This issue is usually seen as a failure to boot an iLO Virtual Medial USB key when 2 or more USB keys are installed locally in the server. iLO Virtual Devices will now always have priority over local USB devices.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

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


Version:2010.12.01 (A) (18 Dec 2010)
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:

Recommended to upgrade to firmware version 2010.12.01 if Lockstep Mode is enabled.

Users should update to this latest firmware revision for any systems running with the 10/19/2010 System ROM revisions. The 10/19/2010 System ROM revisions have a known issue which can result in uncorrectable memory errors and correctable memory threshold errors and should not be utilized. These errors are due to a firmware issue and not a result of a problem with the system hardware or installed DIMMs.

Firmware Dependencies:

None

Problems Fixed:

Resolved an issue where Uncorrectable Memory Errors will be logged incorrectly to the Integrated Management Log (IML) when the Advanced Memory Protection Mode is configured for Lockstep Mode in the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU). The Uncorrectable Memory Errors will indicate the incorrect DIMM as failed. If a system is configured for Lockstep Mode and an Uncorrectable Memory Error occurs, the DIMM indicated in the IML should not be replaced if the system is using a revision of the System ROM older than this revision. The correct DIMM will be indicated on the DIMM LEDs if the server includes DIMM LEDs. Note that Lockstep Mode is NOT the default Advanced Memory Protection Mode. If the Advanced Memory Protection Mode was never modified from its default setting, the system will not be affected by this issue.

Known Issues:

None
Enhancements

Enhanced the correctable memory error threshold error event handling to isolate degraded DIMM issues to a single DIMM when the Advanced Memory Protection Mode is configured for Lockstep Mode when the system is utilizing Intel Xeon 5600-series processors. With Intel Xeon 5500-series processors, correctable memory error threshold events can only be isolated to a pair of DIMMs when the system is configured to Lockstep Mode.

Added support to allow industry standard utilities to display the actual operating frequency of the installed memory. This is supporting a newly defined industry standard field. Utilities to display this information may not yet be available.

Added a new ROM Based Setup Utility (RBSU) Advanced Performance Tuning option known as QPI Bandwidth Optimization(RTID) to optimize link bandwidth settings for 2-Socket Intel Xeon 5600 series processors. These settings (also known as RTIDs) allow the user to balance bandwidth allocated between processors, memory, and I/O. While the balanced option (default) is recommended for the majority of customers, some benchmarks and workloads may show improved performance using different settings that allow optimization for memory streaming or I/O streaming. Customers that deploy I/O intensive applications such as seen with multiple GPUs, might see an improvement in GPU processing throughput when using the Optimized for I/O setting. This option is not available for systems utilizing Intel Xeon 5500-series processors.

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

Added the Power-On Logo option to the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU) to allow the system to always display option ROM messages during system boot.


Version:2010.09.30 (A) (12 Oct 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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