HPE Synergy Software Releases - What's New?

HPE Synergy Composer2 (HPE OneView) 8.30.01

HPE Synergy Composer2 (HPE OneView) 8.30.01 replaces HPE Synergy Composer2 (HPE OneView) 8.3 and resolves security vulnerability issues related to HPE Security Bulletin (HPESB) — HPESBGN04530.

In addition, HPE Synergy Composer2 (HPE OneView) 8.30.01 contains the same enhancements introduced with HPE Synergy Composer2 (HPE OneView) 8.3, which consists of the following:

API support for staging and activating online firmware updates with full control through HPE OneView

You can now control the online firmware update process from HPE OneView without HPE Smart Update Tools (SUT) interaction on the OS.

With SUT running in the autodeployreboot mode, use the API to orchestrate the entire firmware update by first staging the update and later activating the update

For a complete list of enhancements, see the HPE OneView 8.30.01 Release Notes for HPE Synergy.

HPE Synergy Composer (OneView) 6.60.05 / HPE Synergy Image Streamer 6.4

A new HPE Synergy Management combination is available. HPE Synergy Composer 6.60.05 and HPE Synergy Image Streamer 6.4 offers no new enhancements, but supports enhancements previously released with HPE OneView 6.6.

HPE OneView 6.60.05 is an LTS Release

An HPE OneView long-term support (LTS) release extends support for select HPE hardware platforms. This LTS release may be patched to address security and other customer identified critical issues. A patch to an LTS release will not contain new features.

Long-term support is for the following end-of-life (EOL) hardware:

  • HPE Synergy Composer (1st gen)

  • HPE StoreVirtual Storage systems

  • Brocade Network Advisor (BNA)

  • HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage system OS pre 3.2.2 GA

  • Arista switch integration

If you continue to use these EOL hardware platforms or devices, you must remain on the specified HPE OneView LTS release. Those platforms will remain supported until their associated software end-of-support-life (EOSL) date. An attempt to update from an LTS release to a newer release with end-of-life (EOL) hardware platforms or devices is blocked. If you want to update to a future release, then you must remove the EOL platforms.

The LTS support period is defined on HPE OneView Software Lifecycle page. The LTS support policy covers only the Composer appliance. HPE Synergy Service Pack (SSP) releases are supported for one year as defined in the HPE Synergy Software Support Policy .

New policy option for firmware management reduces firmware downgrade time

Users can now downgrade the firmware version without the Force option turned on. With this enhancement, HPE OneView re-installs firmware only for devices that have newer firmware versions than baseline. As a result, it significantly reduces the time it takes for the downgrade operation

VMware vSphere rolling cluster updates for non-VC Synergy interconnects

With this enhancement, HPE Synergy customers with a non-VC interconnect can now perform VMware vSphere rolling cluster updates on hypervisor cluster profiles. You can create hypervisor cluster profiles in those environments only by using an import option.

For a complete list of enhancements, see the HPE OneView 6.60.05 Release Notes for HPE Synergy.

HPE Synergy Image Streamer 6.4 improves upgrade experience by adding pre-upgrade health checks and enabling on-demand health check. For a complete list of enhancements, see the HPE Synergy Image Streamer 6.4 Release Notes.

HPE Synergy Composer2 (HPE OneView) 8.5

HPE Synergy Composer2 (HPE OneView) 8.5 consists of the following enhancement:

  • For data centers using SAN peer zones, HPE OneView can now auto-zone the peer zones when deploying server profiles with managed SAN storage. This feature is supported only for Brocade SAN switches.

For a complete list of enhancements, see the HPE OneView 8.5 Release Notes for HPE Synergy.

HPE Synergy Service Pack (SSP) 2023.08.02

HPE Synergy Service Pack (SSP) 2023.08.02 replaces HPE SSP 2023.08.01 due to data integrity issues with the NS204i-d Gen10 Plus/Gen11 Boot Storage Device. As a result, HPE SSP 2023.08.01 is no longer available. For more information, see Customer Bulletin a00134268.

HPE Synergy Service Pack (SSP) 2023.08.02 introduces OS support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.8 and 9.2, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP5, and Ubuntu 20.04.6.

In addition, support is added for the following:

  • HPE Synergy 3530C 16G FC HBA for VMware ESXi 7.0 U3, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.7 and 8.8, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP4 and SP5, and Microsoft Windows 2016, 2019, and 2022.

  • HPE Synergy 4610C 10/25Gb Ethernet Adapter for VMware ESXi 8.0 U1.

An alert condition has also been added to aid in identification and diagnosis of cable, transceiver, or network configuration issues on frame link module MGMT and LINK ports due to excessive link status changes or frame check sequence (FCS) errors.

HPE SSP 2023.08.02 contains the following known issues and limitations:

  • The HPE Synergy 4610C 10/25Gb Ethernet Adapter is not supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.8 and 9.2.

  • The HPE Synergy 3530C 16G FC HBA and HPE Synergy 5330C 32Gb FC HBA are not supported for coexistence in the same HPE Synergy compute node.

  • The HPE Synergy 3530C 16G FC HBA is not supported on VMware ESXi 8.x, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9.x, Ubuntu, and Oracle Enterprise Linux.

  • When drives are managed by Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel VROC) and Intel Volume Management Device (Intel VMD) on HPE Synergy 480 Gen11 and HPE Synergy 480 Gen10 Plus compute modules, updating drive firmware is only supported through UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). For more information, see Customer Advisory a00131550.

    For Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) support with Gen11 servers, see the Intel Virtual RAID on CPU for HPE Gen11 User Guide.

For a specific list of firmware and software smart components included with this ISO, see the HPE Synergy Service Pack version SY-2023.08.02 contents list.

NOTE:

HPE Synergy unmanaged switch firmware is independent of HPE Synergy Service Packs (SSP) and is not part of the SSP. HPE always recommends running the latest firmware to ensure you have the latest security patches, bug fixes, and enhancements.