HP releases new Service Pack for ProLiant and new drivers for ESXi 5.0 und 5.1

HP has released version 2012.08.0 of their Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP). This is a (bootable) ISO file that contains the latest firmware and driver packages for ProLiant servers. What's new:

  • Support for new G8 server models
  • HP Smart Update Manager (SUM) updated to version 5.2.0
They have also revamped and updated their http://vibsdepot.hp.com site that is now the primary source for VMware ESXi Offline bundles and device drivers. You can even find drivers for the not yet published ESXi 5.1 here.

I have updated my HP & VMware Links page to reflect the updates.

Also notable: HP has stopped updating their ESX(i) 4.x customized ISOs. For details see their Customer Advisories c03185813 and c03451532). They also stop providing customized versions for ESXi 5.x themselves, but refer to the VMware shortcut http://www.vmware.com/go/downloads-image-hp-esxi instead. Since the version you can find there is usually outdated I already have described a method to build your own up-to-date HP Customized ESXi 5.x ISO.

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