This document lists the available upgrades and updates for the Hardware Management Consoles that manage IBM Power Systems hosting IBM i, AIX, and Power linux partitions.
Upgrade is changing the release level on the HMC. Example - V9R1 to V9R2
Update is installing a service pack or fix to a current release.
Resolving The Problem
IBM support recommends installing the latest HMC version release and fix level that is supported for the target environment. Upgrade images and the latest fixes are available in IBM Fix Central at https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/
The version of HMC to upgrade to.
The versions of HMC that can directly upgrade to the target release in one step. Versions older then those listed require a multi-step upgrade.
Link to the instructions on how to obtain the upgrade images and perform the upgrade.
Link to the instructions on how to obtain and install fixes for the current release.
Approximate date the version/release was first made generally available for use.
End of Service:
The date that fix support ends for the target release.
List of HMC models that support the target release. Entries in bold indicate a change in support; the first release to support a new model or the last release to support a model whose support has ended. Machine type 7315 supported ended in 6.1.3. Model 7042-OE1 requires minimum of V188.8.131.52.1; 7042-OE2 requires a minimum of V184.108.40.206. For further information on HMC hardware support, see http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/power5cm/supportedcodeHMCHW.html
Indicates the family of IBM POWER servers this HMC can manage: P9 is POWER9; P8 is POWER 8; P7 POWER7, P6 POWER6 and P5 POWER5. Specific server model/types, hardware feature codes or firmware features included in that family may place additional constraints on the minimum HMC release or service pack required.
|HMC Model-specific Firmware Updates
For certain HMC Machine Type/Models (MTMs), IBM recommends updating the HMC firmware with the latest BoMC images to ensure critical fixes are installed. See: http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/hmcl/bios/home.html
|HMC Code Levels and Server Firmware Compatibility
The design goal is that an HMC can, at a minimum, connect to and perform a server firmware upgrade or update on any supported server model that has a server firmware level that is at an equivalent or earlier level than the HMC. In general, upgrade the HMC first, then upgrade the server firmware to a recommended level soon after the HMC upgrade. Always check the HMC and server firmware release notes for any release-specific exceptions or special instructions. Click here for a complete list of supported combinations of HMC V7 and V8 code levels and server firmware levels.
|HMC Code Levels and IBM i OS compatibility
IBM i upgrades have no direct dependency on the version of the HMC however a new IBM i release may require a minimum server firmware level which, in turn, will specify a minimum HMC release. For a list of IBM i server firmware dependencies see the table Minimum firmware levels supported by IBM i release at http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1021577
HMC upgrades have no minimum IBM i OS requirement. New HMC functions specific to IBM i, for example IBM i network install or the OS shutdown option, may require a minimum IBM i release or PTF level to use. Check the HMC release notes or the IBM Documentation for feature-specific requirements.
Related Links and References
HMC Hardware support chart: http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/power5cm/supportedcodeHMCHW.html
IBM Power code Matrix: http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/sas/f/power5cm/home.html
IBM Fix Recommendation Tool: https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/set2/flrt/
IBM Fix Central: https://www-945.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/
Software Lifecycle: https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/lifecycle/
Checking for the current HMC Code level
At all versions of the HMC, the command "lshmc -V" can be used to display the current version, release and fix level.
- Version 8 "enhanced" login
Click the help icon ("?") in the upper right corner then select About
- Version 7 and Version 8 "classic" login.
From the HMC or remote GUI session login to the HMC, Select the Welcome option in the navigation area, then mouseover "HMC Version."
The HMC code version is displayed in a hover box as illustrated in the following image:
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25 May 2022