packages MPEs latest updates
7.5 version collects patches, enhancements for
If its true that HP 3000 shops dont adopt
a release until its been PowerPatched, then the last version of
MPE is getting its second set of papers to free it from the
labs pound. MPE/iX 7.5 has a PowerPatch 2 shipping from the HP
labs this month, a show of engineering advances from a vendor no
longer selling new HP 3000s.
PowerPatches are made up of operating system patches
HP has released separately. The 7.5 release of MPE/iX isnt in
widespread use among the customer base, but the software represents
the state of HPs art for the HP 3000
Sites have to be on HP Software Support, at least at
BasicLine level, to receive a PowerPatch. The individual patches are
available to any customer, regardless of who supports their HP 3000s.
By extension, then, the Power-Patch 2 for MPE/iX is a specific
benefit to prompt continued HP support contracts.
Some 3000 application vendors already migrating their
products are advising customers to maintain BasicLine level service,
so they can receive PowerPatches. HP itself couched the PowerPatch in
terms of preparing for migration, even though the enhancements are
likely to help many sites that are homesteading.
We understand that it is very important for our
customers to have additional time to develop and implement their
migration strategy, HPs marketing letter for the
PowerPatch stated. HP recommends that customers chose the very
latest in hardware and software in order to maximize the value of
their current HP e3000 environment during this transition period.
Thus, HP has improved the existing functionality and integrity of
MPE/iX Release 7.5 with a proactive patch-set found in MPE/iX 7.5
HP improved the 3000s host-based control of
DTCs with the PowerPatch, along with new versions of Samba for file
sharing and WebWise for secure Web services from the HP 3000. Other
improvements include support for the Virtual Array models 7110 and
7410, the latest versions of these HP storage units; software that
enhances High Availability Fail Over (HAFO); and limited support for
Ultrium LTO tape drives.
HP mentioned two third party products specifically
which it will support in connection with Ultrium drives: ORBiT
Softwares Backup-Plus and Mount 10s HiBack. HPs own
TurboStore isnt support on Ultrium tape units, along with
traditional MPE/iX tape functions including, but not limited to
booting the 3000, SYSGEN, HP Store/Restore, general file system
access, user logging and FCOPY.
The 7.5 MPE/iX release was rolled out to support the
last generation of HP 3000s, systems not very widely installed. But
used system brokers are beginning to report availability of A-Class
and N-Class servers, and companies planning for a long homesteading
period are seeking the systems.
HP noted that while MPE/iX 7.5 is supported on
currently supported 9xx series servers, many of the new storage
capabilities in 7.5 are supported only on HP e3000 A-Class and
The HAFO support is being included at no charge in
PowerPatch 2, after HP sold the functionality in years past. HAFO
will detect hung IO, a failed disk controller, IO host device adapter
or connection component, and then failover to send all subsequent IO
to an alternate data path. HAFOs scope of support has been
expanded to HPs Fiber Channel disk arrays. A-Class and N-Class
systems using the 2-Gbit FiberChannel Host Bus Adapter. Customers
using Series 9xx systems with the Fiber Channel router can also use
DTCs that are managed by the HP 3000 the only
option since HP discontinued support of DTCs via PC in 2002
get enhanced features through the PowerPatch. X.25 System to Systems
Switching, PAD Switching and Security lists, PAD Incoming Security,
configuring non-nailed TIO devices, Routable AFCP and Auto Restart
can now be supported through the HP 3000 host.
Customers can get
their PowerPatches through the HP IT Response Center. HPs
Communicator support documentation is available online at www.docs.hp.com/mpeix/pdf/30216-90352.pdf.