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Special upgrade notes for HMC V7 R7.2.0

Upgrading to HMC V7 R7.2.0 from lower HMC releases can require special upgrade steps. Find basic steps and instructions for upgrading the HMC to HMC V7 R7.2.0 from lower releases, including from HMC 6.1.2 through HMC

PTF MH01233 HMC V7 R7.2.0 Recovery Media package notes

This package represents the Recovery image with which you can upgrade your HMC from HMC V6R1.3.0, or higher, to HMC V7.7.2.0. You can also use this package to install a clean version of HMC V7.7.2.0. You can reference this package by APAR MB03328.

Package notes

Package information
Package NameSizeChecksumAPAR#PTF#
MB03328 MH01233
Splash Panel information (or lshmc -V output)
Version: 7
Release: 7.2.0
Service Pack: 0
HMC Build level 20100811.1

Enhancements in HMC V7 R7.2.0

This package provides the following enhancements:

Command line


Fixes in HMC V7 R7.2.0

The following fixes are included in this package:

General fixes

Repair and Verify fixes

The following Repair and Verify fixes apply to IBM Power 570, 575 and 595 servers (POWER6-based technology) and IBM Power 770 and 795 servers (Power7-based technology).

Known issues in HMC V7 R7.2.0

This package has the following known issues:

Web browser requirements

The following browsers have been tested.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or Internet Explorer 7.0 is supported.


Note: For Firefox 2.0 make sure the JavaScript options to raise or lower windows and move or resize existing windows are enabled. To enable these options, go to the Content tab in the browser's Options dialog, click Advanced? next to the Enable JavaScript option, then select Raise or lower windows option (a check mark appears) and Move or resize existing windows options (a check mark appears). These features allow you to switch easily between HMC tasks.

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 V7 R.7.1.0 updates and fixes can be found here:

Recovery media upgrade and installation instructions for HMC V7 R.7.1.0 can be found here:

Additional information


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 in order to use these files to install the corrective service.

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

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.

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