A service partition, or better said a partition which is designated as the service partition, will when PTFs are applied to the partition, if there are any PTFs for the FSP firmware, the FSP would get it's updates from those PTFs being applied to the partition.

Those updates would be disruptive.


Pete Massiello
iTech Solutions

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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of rob@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:37 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: restart of Power7 box reveals HMC incompatibility?

According to google, prior to V5R4M5, when DSPFMWSTS was introduced, you had to display FLASH LEVEL in STRSST. For more details check out "Systems with V5R4M0 Licensed Internal Code"

I guess I could use a better definition between service partition. Does that mean that yes your system is hmc managed but we'll give you the opportunity to shoot yourself in the foot by making that partition have the ability to change firmware?

Here is an excellent presentation

IBM Power Systems Technical Conference featuring IBM i September 8 – 12, 2008 – Chicago, IL Session Title: Power Systems Firmware Management Session ID: iSM02 Allyn Walsh – awalsh@xxxxxxxxxx

Rob Berendt
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From: Thomas Garvey <tgarvey@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 03/12/2014 01:07 PM
Subject: Re: restart of Power7 box reveals HMC incompatibility?
Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx

This is getting curiouser and curiouser.

Using DSPFMWSTS on my v5r4 partition, I get...

Display Firmware Status

Service partition . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Firmware update policy . . . . . . . . . . : *HMC
Server IPL source . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Temporary
Firmware product ID/release . . . . . . . . : 5722999 V5R4M0

--Server firmware-- -Operating system--
Fix PTF Fix PTF Update
Copy pack ID pack ID Status
*ACTIVE SF240_403 MH01231
*TEMP SF240_403 MH01231 SF240_338 MH01053 None
*PERM SF240_358 MH01088 SF240_338 MH01053 None

How can it say Service Partition Yes, and also have the Firmware update
policy be *HMC?
There must be some distinction, no?

But at least it confirms that the HMC is controlling the FSP updates,
not PTFs on the Server. So, then how did my FSP apparently get out of
sync with HMC and Power 7 box?

BTW, the DSPFMWSTS command isn't available on our v5r3 partition, and I
can't even get to our Power 7 server to see what it is set at.

Thanks for the advice.

Pressing on,

Thomas Garvey

On 3/12/2014 10:20 AM, rob@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
Fix Central is one way.

HMC, Updates, Select server, Change Licensed Internal Code for the
release . That should be your 'HMC Change Internal Code Wizard'

While you are in "Updates", look at the level of your hmc code. Look at
the level of your firmware. Compare that with


Also, DSPFMWSTS on all lpars should never show
Service partition . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
If you have a HMC.

Rob Berendt

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