Many of us have delayed installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on HP ProLiant Servers until guidance from HP became available. While writing my blogpost Preparing for upgrading your Hyper-V R2 cluster to SP1 about two months ago I was unable to find any details. Searching for an updated BladeSystem Matrix Compatibility guide, I stumbled upon the long expected HP Integration Note: Implementing Microsoft Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 on HP ProLiant and Integrity servers.
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is supported by HP for a select group of servers mostly in the G5 to G7 range. The integration note shows a list of supported servers with required ROM Family and minimum ROM date.
Support for RemoteFX is currently limited to only a few ProLiant ML models and a ProLiant workstation blade (WS460c G6 with Graphics Expansion Blade).
Before installing SP1 first install HP ProLiant Support Pack for Windows Server 2008 R2 8.70
There is a list of recommended storage options for SP1
- There is a list of recommended NICs for SP1
- There is a specific configuration requirement for using RemoteFX with WS460s blades with graphics expansion blade.
Not in this integration note but important if you use Hyper-V clusters with SP1: check post SP1 hotfixes
If you are also interested in the RemoteFX Integration Note go here.