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HMC V7.7.3.0 cumulative README

HMC V7.7.3.0 is supported on IBM Power Systems with POWER7, POWER6 or POWER5 processors.

[ Last updated: May 20, 2011 ]

Special upgrade notes for HMC V7 R7.3.0

Upgrading to HMC V7 R7.3.0 from lower HMC releases can require special upgrade steps. Find basic steps and instructions for upgrading the HMC to HMC V7 R7.3.0 from lower releases, including from HMC 6.1.2 through HMC

PTF-specific information

This section lists the PTFs released for HMC Version The information for each PTF includes sections for enhancements and fixes, known issues (if applicable), and package information. The Package information section provides information to use during the download, installation and verification procedures for HMC packages.

PTF MH01257

Mandatory fix for HMC Version 7 Release 7.3.0

This package includes fixes for HMC Version 7 Release 7.3.0. You can reference this package by APAR MB03489. This fix must be install on either one of the following installations:

Package information
Package nameSizeChecksumAPAR#PTF#
MH01257.iso 1130412032 50938 MB03489 MH01257
Splash panel information (lshmc -V output)
After applying the PTF to HMC V7.7.3.0:

"version= Version: 7
Release: 7.3.0
Service Pack: 0
HMC Build level 20110512.1
MH01257: Required fix for HMC V7.7.3.0 (05-12-2011)

List of fixes for MH01257

This package includes the following fixes:

PTF MH01256 HMC V7 R7.3.0 Update package (corrective service)

This package represents the Update image that can be used to update your HMC from V7R7.2.0, or higher, to HMC V7.7.3.0. You can also reference this package by APAR MB03481.

Package notes

Package information
Package NameSizeChecksumAPAR#PTF#
HMC_Update_V7R730_1.iso 1991182336 22035 MB03481 MH01256
Splash Panel information (or lshmc -V output)
Version: 7
Release: 7.3.0
Service Pack: 0
HMC Build level 20110404.1

Please see PTF MH01255, the HMC V7 R7.3.0 Recovery Media package, for the list of enhancements, fixes and known issues for this Update package.

PTF MH01255 HMC V7 R7.3.0 Recovery Media package

This package represents the Recovery image with which you can upgrade your HMC from HMC V6R1.3.0, or higher, to HMC V7.7.3.0. You can also use this package to install a clean version of HMC V7.7.3.0. You can reference this package by APAR MB03480.

Package notes

Package information
Package NameSizeChecksumAPAR#PTF#
MB03480 MH01255
Splash Panel information (or lshmc -V output)
Version: 7
Release: 7.3.0
Service Pack: 0
HMC Build level 20110404.1

Enhancements in HMC V7 R7.3.0

This package provides the following new function and enhancements:


Command line

Fixes in HMC V7 R7.3.0

The following fixes are included in this package:

General fixes

Repair and Verify

Known issues in HMC V7 R7.3.0

This package has the following known issues:

Web browser requirements

The following browsers have been tested.

Microsoft Internet Explorer


Other web browser considerations

Session cookies need to be enabled in order for ASMI to work when connected to HMC remotely. The asm proxy code saves session information and uses it.

Internet Explorer

  1. Select Tools -> Internet Options
  2. Select Privacy tab and select 'Advanced'
  3. Check if 'Always allow session cookies'
  4. If not checked, check 'Override automatic cookie handling' and check 'Always allow session cookies'
  5. The handle First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies, you can choose either block or prompt or accept. Pprompt is preferred, in which case you will be prompted every time a site tries to write cookies. It may be a little annoying, but it is the safe thing to do. Some sites need to be allowed to write cookies.


  1. Tools -> Options
  2. Select Cookies Tab
  3. Select check box Allow sites to set cookies.
  4. If you want to allow only specific sites then select 'Exceptions' and then you can just add this HMC to allow.


Installation instructions for HMC Version 7 updates and fixes can be found here:

Recovery media upgrade and installation instructions for HMC Version 7 can be found here:

Instructions and images for upgrading via a remote network install can be found here (for all HMC releases):

Additional information


  1. To burn the ISO image to media, you must use DVD-R media
  2. The HMC Install Corrective Service task has been modified to allow corrective service installation by using the .iso packaging of the corrective service files that you can download from IBM. There is no requirement to burn CD-R or DVD-R media to use these files to install the corrective service.

  3. The updhmc command line command has also been modified to use the .iso file for installing corrective service updates. To use the command, follow the syntax in this example:
    updhmc -t s -h <myservername> -f </home/updates/corrrective_service.iso> -u <HMC_username> -i

In all cases, the HMC application extracts the files needed to install the corrective service.

National Language Support (Supported languages)
Languages Locales
English en_US, en_GB, en_GB@euro, en_AU, en_BE, en_BE@preeuro, en_CA, en_HK, en_Ne, en_IE, en_IE@preeuro, en_NZ, en_PH, en_PK, en_ZA, en_SG
Catalan ca_ES, ca_ES@preeuro
German de_DE, de_DE@preeuro, de_CH, de_AT, de_AT@preeuro, de_LU, de_LU@euro
French fr_FR, fr_FR@preeuro, fr_CH, fr_CA, fr_BE, fr_BE@euro, fr_LU, fr_LU@euro
Italian it_IT, it_IT@preeuro, it_CH
Spanish es_ES, es_ES@preeuro, es_AR, es_BO, es_CL, es_CO, es_CR, es_DO, es_EC,es_SV, es_GT, es_HN, es_MX, es_NI, es_PA, es_PY,es_PE, es_PR, es_US, es_UY,es_VE
Brazilian Portuguese pt_BR
Portugal Portuguese pt_PT, pt_PT@preeuro
Polish pl_PL, pl_PL@euro,pl_PL@preeuro
Japanese ja_JP
Simplified Chinese zh_CN, zh_SG
Traditional Chinese zh_TW, zh_HK
Korean ko_KR
Hungarian hu_HU
Dutch nl_NL, nl_NL@preeuro, nl_BE, nl_BE@preeuro
Russian ru_RU
Czech cs_CZ
Slovakian sk_SK

eServer i5 and p5 Education available on Resource Link

The following customer courses will be available from Resource Link for the Product Announce on May 4, 2004.

  • How to Use the eServer i5 and p5 Hardware Management Console
    This course explains how to install and configure the Hardware Management Console (HMC) for the Model 520/570. It also covers the HMC's basic operations by exploring the general user interface. Partitioning is discussed in detail, with explanations showing both command line and GUI support.
  • eServer i5 and p5 - Physical Planning for Installation
    This course discusses considerations for the physical planning for installation of eServer Models 520 and 570. It then provides the user with links to obtaining the step-by-step installation procedures.
  • Resource Link Highlights
    This course provides an overall look at the major Resource Link (RL) areas and how to use them. These areas are Planning, Education, Library, Forums, Fixes, Problem Solving, Services, Customer Initiated Upgrade, and Tools. It also provides step-by-step procedures in using the Subscription function.
  • Performing Licensed Internal Code Maintenance
    This course discusses maintaining the software that enables hardware such as the service processor on your IBM System p server (servers with POWER5 processors).

Access to these courses requires an IBM Registration ID and Resource Link Access.

To obtain an IBM Registration ID

  1. Go to
  2. Select "Register" under New users
  3. On the My IBM Registration, fill in an e-mail address for IBM ID and password, and the Security question and answer and the Country of residence and then click Continue and fill in the rest of the User information and click Submit.

Resource Link Access for New Users

  1. Go to
  2. Select "Sign in" enter the IBM ID and password you used to register above
  3. Select "Customer"
  4. Click "Submit" Once submitted it will take an hour before the access takes effect

To view a course:

  1. Sign in to Resource Link
  2. Select Education in the navigation bar on the left
  3. From the Education page, select "eServer i5 and p5 courses"
  4. Select "How to Use the eServer i5 and p5 Hardware Management Console"
  5. Select "Performing Licensed Internal Code Maintenance"
  6. Double-click the link to open the course.


  1. The courses are browser based. For optimal viewing, we recommend Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher with your display set at 1024 x 768. To set your display, go to My Computer -> Display -> Settings
  2. Course pages can be book marked for easy retrieval.
  3. Course simulations open in a separate window. Use the X in the upper right corner of the window to close the simulation.
  4. If there are QuickTime videos in the course, you need to have the QuickTime viewer installed. A link to the free viewer is on each Resource Link course page and on the related page within each course.

HMC documentation

Documentation, installation guides, cumulative PTF history, best practices, and related support information:


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