This is a quick guide showing how to include/slipstream custom packages (rpm, exe, etc.) in HP/HPE SPP (Service Pack for ProLiant) ISO images for updating of system software or firmware of components within HPE/HP servers. Next, the process of offline updating will be shown. Finally, a few handy tips and reference URLs will be provided before conclusion.
Why The Need for SPP Customization
Below are a few of the reasons:
- SPP is released several times per year by HPE. Component updates released in between may not be covered and would require a separate updating process had SPP not been customized.
- Although SPP supports online firmware updating within a suitable OS, in limited environments where online updating is impossible, offline updating, which often require SPP, might be the only way.
- The current SPP ISO is over the size of a single-layer writable DVD disc. However, not all firmware files are required for everyone; it may be desirable to only select desired firmware files to make the ISO smaller and the whole patching process less time-consuming.