The Smart Update Tools (SUT) are extensions of SUM that enable HPE One View and i LO Amplifier Pack to stage and apply updates automatically to reduce IT operations.This operating system (OS) utility provides the ability to perform online firmware and/or driver updates via the i LO management network without the need for OS credentials. HPE has several tools to help meet your scale requirements depending on your unique environment.

For smaller environments, Intelligent Provisioning can help execute firmware at deployment.

This past weekend I got my new HP X510 up and running with Western Digital Caviar Green EARS drives and I wanted to document some key learnings I took away from the process.

This handy add in provides functionality that really should have shipped with Windows Home Server, it reads the SMART information off of your hard drives and provides warnings if a drive seems likely to fail soon.

As soon as I had installed the WHS Smart add in, the health light on my server turned red and it threw up a warning that the system drive had multiple read errors. At least this helped to narrow down the problem, my system drive was failing and needed to be replaced. On any additional data drive you can simply swap it out, but here’s a giant blind spot in the design of the original WHS os: The system drive is included in the drive pool, but can not be swapped out.

HPE One View is your infrastructure automation engine, built with software defined intelligence and a unified API, that when combined with HPE One View Global Dashboard software, gives you the ability to both manage and update all your HPE servers, storage and fabric across a single user interface.

To scale updates across many HPE servers, i LO Amplifier Pack is a free, downloadable virtual machine that is capable of rapid updates.It is designed to consume relatively few resources and to boot quickly from flash memory.The Open ELEC team released Open ELEC 4.0 on , and this version features updated XBMC 13.0 with further updated important parts of the operating system as well as the Linux kernel updated to version 3.14 and additional device drivers.However, all of these ‘green’ features aren’t necessarily ideal for running in a server environment (see Step 1 below for an example.) The other attribute that seems to be becoming more of an issue is whether or not the drive is an Advanced Format drive.Traditionally hard drives have come with a data sector size of 512 bytes, but in their quest to increase the storage capacity of drives, manufacturers have started moving to a much more efficient 4 Kbytes sector size.Smart Update Manager (SUM) is an innovative tool for keeping the firmware, drivers, and system software of HPE server infrastructure and associated options up-to-date and secure.