Power6 Mid-Range Firmware
Applies to: 9117-MMA
This document provides information about the installation of Licensed
Machine or Licensed Internal Code, which is sometimes referred to generically
as microcode or firmware.
1.0 Systems Affected
This package provides firmware for System p 570 (9117-MMA) Servers
not use on any other systems.
The firmware level in this package is:
2.0 Important Information
Go to the following URL to access the HMC code packages:
NOTE: You must be logged in as hscroot in order for
the firmware installation to complete correctly.
3.0 Firmware Information
Use the following example as a reference to determine whether your installation
will be concurrent or disruptive.
Note: The file names and service pack levels used in the
following examples are for clarification only, and are not
necessarily levels that have been, or will be released.
System firmware file naming convention:
NOTE: Values of service pack and last disruptive service pack
level (YYY and ZZZ) are only unique within
XXX is the release level
YYY is the service pack level
ZZZ is the last disruptive service pack level
a release level (XXX). For example, 01EM310_067_045 and 01EM320_067_053
are different service packs.
An installation is disruptive if:
Example: Currently installed release is EM310, new release is EM320
The release levels (XXX) are different.
Example: EM310_120_120 is disruptive, no matter what level of EM310
The service pack level (YYY) and the last disruptive service
pack level (ZZZ) are equal.
installed on the system
Example: Currently installed service pack is EM310_120_120 and
The service pack level (YYY) currently installed on the system is lower
than the last disruptive service pack level (ZZZ) of the service pack to
new service pack is EM310_152_130
An installation is concurrent if:
Example: Currently installed service pack is EM310_126_120,
The service pack level (YYY) is higher than the service pack
level currently installed on your system.
new service pack is EM310_143_120.
Firmware Information and Update Description
How to Determine Currently Installed Firmware Levels
T You can view the server's current firmware level on the Advanced System
Management Interface (ASMI) Welcome pane. It appears in the top right
corner. Example: SF310_048.
the Firmware Package
The firmware is located at the web site
Follow the instructions on this web page. You must read and agree to
the license agreement to obtain the firmware packages.
In the drop-down box, choose the entry for your specific machine type
You may download the individual .rpm and .xml files for
system firmware from this location to your server, an ftp server, or a
CD-ROM (both files are required). Make sure the file names have the
format 01EM3xx_yyy_zzz, with an extension of .rpm and .xml before copying
them to your server, an ftp server or CD-ROM. If using a CD-ROM,
copy the .rpm and .xml files to the CD-ROM using a local CD-ROM burner
Another method is to download the .iso file and create a CD-ROM
to use with your HMC.
Note: If your HMC is not internet-connected you will need to download
the new firmware level to a CD-ROM or ftp server.
6.0 Installing the Firmware
The method used to install new firmware will depend on the release level
of firmware which is currently installed on your server. The release level
can be determined by the prefix of the new firmware's filename.
Where XXX = release level
Instructions for installing firmware updates and upgrades can be found
If the release level will stay the same (Example: Level EM310_075_075
is currently installed and you are attempting to install level EM310_081_075)
this is considered an update.
If the release level will change (Example: Level EM310_081_075 is currently
installed and you are attempting to install level EM320_096_096) this is
considered an upgrade.
See Chapter 9. Updates, section Mangaged Systems Updates.