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Announcement Regarding FW950 and required Minimum HMC level V9R2M950

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POWER9 servers with FW950 require minimum HMC level is V9R2M950.

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Starting November 23, 2020 IBM manufacturing began shipping all POWER9 servers with FW950. It is customary for each server firmware release to require a minimum HMC level. In the case of FW950 the minimum HMC level is V9R2M950. Managing a server with FW950 from an HMC lower than the required level will display "Version Mismatch" for the system state indicating the HMC needs to be upgraded to V9R2M950.
On April 24, 2018, it was announced that update support for x86-based HMC hardware appliances would end in 2018. V9R2M950 has dropped support of the x86-based physical HMC appliances (7042-CR9, 7042-CR8, 7042-CR7) whose last supported release is therefore V9R1.
What this means is that if the customer does not have a 7063-CR1 or Virtual HMC V9 appliance, they cannot HMC install/manage any POWER9 server running FW950.
For detailed information about your specific configuration please see these references:

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Modified date:
12 February 2021

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ibm16415107