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Instant Capacity Software - B9073BA

HP's Instant Capacity(iCAP) software product provides the ability to increase processing capacity instantly on (specified) HP enterprise servers. The HP product number for Instant Capacity software is B9073BA. Instant Capacity is a part of the HP UPS(Utility Pricing Solutions) program and was formerly known as iCOD.

With Instant Capacity, you initially purchase a specified number of active system components (cores, cell boards/blades, and memory) and a specified number of inactive (iCAP) components without usage rights. Prior to activation of an inactive component, additional usage rights must be obtained by purchasing a component-specific RTU(Right to Use) codeword from HP. When the codeword is applied to the system, the component usage rights are increased on the system, and an inactive component can be instantly activated. For example, inactive cores can be activated to increase the active processing capacity on the system. The action can be taken without waiting for new hardware to arrive because the Instant Capacity cores are already plugged into the system.

Instant Capacity is available for the following HP enterprise servers:

  • HP Integrity servers running HP-UX 11i v3 (11.31):
    • HP Integrity Superdome 2
  • HP Integrity servers running HP-UX 11i v2 (11.23), or HP-UX 11i v3 (11.31):
    • Superdome
    • rx8640
    • rx8620
    • rx7640
    • rx7620
  • HP 9000 servers running HP-UX 11i v1 (11.11), HP-UX 11i v2 (11.23), or HP-UX 11i v3 (11.31):
    • Superdome
    • rp8440
    • rp8420
    • rp8400
    • rp7440
    • rp7420
    • rp7410

The Instant Capacity software is free of charge and is required to be running on all HP-UX partitions. It has a very small footprint and adds negligible overhead to the system.

Changes in Instant Capacity version 10.09.01.02

  • During activation of temporary capacity in SD1 group, if any member is not reachable it can result in negative sharing rights displayed in icapmanage -S output. This is fixed.
  • Incorrect sharing rights after insertion of blade into SD2 enclosure is fixed.
  • Failure  of iCAP commands due to communication failures (such as curl error 27 and curl error 58) is resolved.
  • Performance of icapmanage -Q is enhanced.
  • If AGM is unable to get status of SGM, the SGM is displayed as Active GM as part of icapmanage -S output. This is fixed.
  • Copyright licenses for OpenSource components will be installed under /opt/icod/LICENSES.
  • The icapmanage -S can report negative value for cores without usage rights when executed on Integrity Group Manager after seize operation on one of the members. This is fixed.
  • Support for SSL v3 protocol for communication initiated from GM to member OA has been disabled.

Changes in Instant Capacity version 10.09.00.01

  • The issue - Certificate exchange failure during re-adding the members to GiCAP is fixed.
  • Errors during simultaneous execution of  icapmanage -Q (on standby Group Manager) and icapmodify -a (on Group Member) are resolved.
  • icapmanage -sv failure due to core dump during execution of SOAP call is fixed.

Changes in Instant Capacity version 10.08.01.07 (since version 10.07)

  • The performance for icapmanage -S and icapmanage -Q commands is considerably improved.
  • The issue of GiCAP exhibiting negative sharing rights is resolved.
  • A GM monitoring script has been bundled.
  • The following changes have been made in the display behavior of icapmanage -s/sv:
    • The sequence of host names, as displayed in the command output, is not guaranteed to be identical in each run. This is in contrast to the previous behavior where the sequence was identical to the order in which members were added.
    • After the command execution, the user can expect a pause, proportional to the number of members in the group, before the full list is displayed in one go. This is a contrast to the previous version where the output used to be staggered.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.07 (since version 10.06.01) (HP-UX 11i v3 only)

  • The issue of icapmanage not failing when an incorrect SD2 OA(Onboard Administrator) password is entered during member additions is fixed.
  • The Instant Capacity user guide and release notes are updated.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.06.01 (since version 10.06) (HP-UX 11i v3 only)

  • The current HP Instant Capacity will provide multiple OA support.
  • The icapmanage -Q timeout not giving a proper message is fixed.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.06 (since version 10.05.01) (HP-UX 11i v3 only)

The problem of icapmanage -s command giving an inconsistent output during an OA reboot operation is resolved.

Changes in Instant Capacity version 10.05.01 (since version 10.05)

The issue with the rights seizure in a GM environment setup with the IP mode is resolved.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.05 (since version 10.04.01) (HP-UX 11i v3 only)

  • The problem of having to provide support for the GiCAP environment to work without the DNS setup is fixed.
  • The expiry period for seized usage rights is extended from 10 days in the previous versions to 30 days.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.04.01 (since version 10.03) (HP-UX 11i v3 only)

  • Provided dynamic cores and GiCAP support on HP Integrity Superdome 2.
  • Resolved a problem where the vPar database used to get locked intermittently during reboot.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.00.01 (since version 10.00) (HP-UX 11i v2 only)

  • Resolved the problem where seizure from a member in a GiCAP group followed by a restore operation resulted in a corrupted GiCAP database.
  • Fixed a memory leak in the GiCAP provider.
  • Resolved the problem where the temporary capacity balance was erroneously debited in a GiCAP group.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.03 (since version 10.02) (HP-UX 11i v3 only)

  • Resolved the problem where the temporary capacity warning period did not default to 15 days after installing iCAP software on HP Integrity Superdome 2.
  • Resolved the problem where seizure from a member in a GiCAP group followed by a restore operation resulted in a corrupted GiCAP database.
  • Fixed a memory leak in the GiCAP provider.
  • Resolved the problem where the temporary capacity balance was erroneously debited in a GiCAP group.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.02 (since version 10.01) (HP-UX 11i v3 only)

The problem, where after a reboot of a partition on HP Integrity Superdome 2, the number of actual active cores was not matching the number that was intended, is resolved.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.01 (since version 10.00) (HP-UX 11i v3 only)

  • Support for TiCAP(Temporary Instant Capacity) on HP Integrity Superdome 2.
  • Implementation of icapstatus command on HP Integrity Superdome 2.
  • Added capability for warning period and out of compliance notifications on HP Integrity Superdome 2.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 10.00 (since version 9.03) (HP-UX 11i v2 and 11i v3)

  • Support for HP Integrity Superdome 2.
  • Defect fixes for boot time performance of iCAP.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 9.03 (since version 9.02) (HP-UX 11i v2, and 11i v3)

  • Resolved an issue where the icapd daemon woke up earlier than expected to perform the routine Instant Capacity software tasks.
  • In previous releases, if the system contact email address was more than 128 characters, it corrupted the GiCAP database. The system contact email address can now be set up to 256 characters.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 9.02 (since version 9.01) (HP-UX 11i v1, 11i v2 and 11i v3)

  • Enhances the performance of GiCAP by efficiently using locally available TiCAP.
  • Group Manager accepts members with longer passwords (up to 80 characters).
  • The OE upgrade process is more efficient.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 9.01 (since version 9.0) (HP-UX 11i v1, 11i v2, and 11i v3)

  • GiCAP supports the IPv6 network protocol for group managers and group members.
  • iCAP 9.01 is the version required for use with VSE 4.1, in particular for iCAP Manager 4.1 configuration support and for gWLM 4.1 integration support of GiCAP.
  • Several GiCAP problems are fixed in iCAP 9.01.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 9.0 (since version 8.03.01) (HP-UX 11i v1, 11i v2, and 11i v3)

  • High availability support for Group Manager. iCAP version 9.0 includes the ability to create a standby Group Manager to be available for use as an active Group Manager if the current Group Manager is unavailable.
  • WBEM version A.02.05 is required for all versions of HP-UX.
  • The communication protocol used by GiCAP when making remote connections has changed. iCAP version 9.0 uses SSL certificates for WBEM security authorization. Secure Shell (SSH) is no longer required.
  • The icapmanage command includes new options related to the use of a standby Group Manager, and the status (-s) option has been changed to show the current date and time, full iCAP version string, and information about the standby Group Manager. The verbose (-v) option has been enhanced to provide a general check of group communication.
  • The GiCAP Group Manager does an iCAP compliance check on a group member only once a day or any time a host on that member reboots. The once a day compliance checks are done at different times for each group member, thereby diffusing the performance impact of starting up the GiCAP Group Manager. The impact of this performance improvement depends on the size of your group, and the number and timing of your GiCAP-related commands.
  • The icapstatus command has been changed so the Actual Active cores count now includes the total number of cores assigned to the vPar database, including any cores used by an inaccessible virtual partition. The GiCAP section has expanded to include information about the active Group Manager and the standby Group Manager, if any. The output now displays the full iCAP version string, and a date and time have been added to the local nPartition status.
  • After performing a usage rights seizure by a GiCAP Group Manager on a virtual partition (icapmanage -x), the number of Actual Active cores might be greater than the number of Intended Active cores, thus putting the vPar database in a noncompliant state. In this case, the virtual partitions are not allowed to boot and the icapmodify command is not allowed. To bring the vPar database into compliance, deactivate cores using the vparmodify command.
  • The configuration file /etc/opt/iCAP/GiCAP.config is created on every host of a GiCAP group member and contains information needed when contacting the Group Manager.
  • In iCAP version 8.02, a change was made to use TiCAP debiting as a compliance enforcement mechanism on all systems, even on systems where TiCAP had never been applied. In version 9.0 this has been changed to pre-version 8.02 behavior so that TiCAP is debited as a compliance enforcement mechanism on systems only where TiCAP has been applied, on GiCAP group member systems, or systems which have had a TiCAP debit within the last 24 hours.
  • In previous releases, the Group Manager was referenced by its IP address. It is now referenced by its host name. This enables the use of a GiCAP Group Manager using DHCP for dynamic IP addresses.
  • iCAP version 9.0 is not compatible with gWLM version 4.0 or earlier. gWLM version 4.1 or later is required.
  • In previous releases, running the command icapmodify -a -t on a GiCAP group member resulted in the transfer of only enough temporary capacity to cover the immediate activation of cores to move the system into a compliant state. This command now causes the immediate transfer of a larger amount of temporary capacity, if that is necessary to take the member out of the TiCAP warning period.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 8.03.01 (since version 8.03) (HP-UX 11i v1, 11i v2, and 11i v3)

  • The icapmodify -d n command has been fixed to correctly count the unused capacity as a part of the number of cores that can be deactivated in a virtual partition environment.
  • A problem has been fixed where concurrent icapmodify -a commands requiring the borrowing of core usage rights on two or more virtual partitions in a vPar database on a GiCAP member could result in an unbootable vPar database.

Changes for Instant Capacity version 8.03 (since version 8.02.01) (HP-UX 11i v1, 11i v2, and 11i v3)

  • iCAP version 8.03 includes support for vPars A.03.05, and support for the integrated virtual partition environment on HP-UX 11.11, previously available only on HP-UX 11.23 and 11.31 systems. With this release, vPars A.03.05 is the minimum required version. Support for vPars version A.03.05 integration on HP-UX 11.11 systems allows users to manage 11.11 and 11.23 vPars with the same vparmonitor. In addition, what had been previously called the compatible virtual partition environment is no longer supported on HP-UX 11.11 systems.
  • The vparmodify and vparcreate commands are now bound by the containing nPar's intended active core count. Also note that in an integrated virtual partition environment, a boot time compliance check is performed whenever a virtual partition is booted. If the total number of cores assigned to all virtual partitions in the current vPar database exceeds the nPartition's intended active core count, the Instant Capacity software notifies the vPar monitor, and the monitor prevents any virtual partition from booting. With this release of Instant Capacity, the compliance checking will now be performed on HP-UX 11.11 vPar systems, as well as 11.23 and 11.31 systems.

More Information

For details of the Instant Capacity program requirements, new features and changes, and instructions on how to configure and manage Instant Capacity systems, see HP Instant Capacity User's Guide and HP Instant Capacity Release Notes, available at www.hp.com/go/hp-icap-docs.

 
Additional product information
Product #: B9073BA
Version: 10.09.01.02
Software specification: HP-UX 11i (B9073BA_B.11.31.10.09.01.02_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11i (B9073BA_B.11.31.10.09.00.01_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11i(B9073BA_B.11.11.09.02.01.01_HP-UX_B.11.11_32_64.depot)
HP-UX 11.23 IA/PA(B9073BA_B.11.23.10.00.01.06_HP-UX_B.11.23_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11.31(B9073BA_B.11.31.10.03.00.06_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11.31(B9073BA_B.11.31.10.04.01.22_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11.31(B9073BA_B.11.31.10.05.00.03_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11.31(B9073BA_B.11.31.10.05.01.01_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11.31 (B9073BA_B.11.31.10.06.00.05_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11.31 (B9073BA_B.11.31.10.06.01.03_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11.31 (B9073BA_B.11.31.10.07.00.00_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
HP-UX 11.31 (B9073BA_B.11.31.10.08.01.07_HP-UX_B.11.31_IA_PA.depot)
June 2014 - HP Instant Capacity support 10.x Release Notes(762795-002.pdf)
June 2014 - HP Instant Capacity Version 10.x User Guide(762794-002.pdf)
December 2014 - HP Instant Capacity support 10.x Release Notes(762795-003.pdf)
December 2014 - HP Instant Capacity Version 10.x User Guide(762794-003.pdf)
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