I haven't done a P8 firmware update, but here's my notes for P7 using a USB flash drive.
I would like to use the other FTP and/or hard drive methods, but have found issues with those.

My notes using USB method.

To check firmware
Systems Management, Servers, select, updates, view system information,

To download firmware
Download fixes, Recommended fixes, Select your release, 6.1 , Select you topic, Server firmware policy set to HMC

Click link in document, Click here for Server Firmware information on HMC-managed systems.

Follow the HMC wizard, Power7, 8205-E6C
Use IE not FF
View the readme, download both the RPM and XML to a USB flash drive on your PC
For the XML file, rtck, save target as , make sure not saved as INTERNET shortcut

Ensure any Prereq PTF are already installed on Power 7 partition

To update firmware
Plug USB flash drive into front of HMC
Systems Management, Servers, select, updates,
If first 3 digits remain same, (740 / 740) then
Check system readiness

Change Licensed Internal Code for the current release

If first 3 digits change

Check system readiness
Upgrade Licensed Internal Code to a new release


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of rob@xxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 3:18 PM
To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Power 8 firmware upgrade - HSCF0050

Trying to upgrade Power 8 firmware.
My goal is to get it all downloaded now and then upgrade at a more convenient time as this is a disruptive upgrade.

So I went to fix central. Picked the appropriate firmware and it brought down a list of files:

I fully understand that, based on my situation, that this is "disruptive".

I am trying to figure out how to get this from my PC to my HMC so that I can select:
Upgrade Licensed Internal Code to a new release Specify LIC Repository - RACK3, Specify the location of the LIC repository and pick "Hard drive" and not end up with:
HSCF0050 - The repository does not contain any applicable upgrade updates.

I've read all these readme's, special instructions, and even followed the link to
The FAQ link there was rather dated.

Rob Berendt

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