New HP-UX release, new HPVM, new features… same odd naming convention

April 6, 2010 — 7 Comments

Last month HP released the last update of HP-UX 11iv3, the Update 6 or the March 2010 Update or 11.36… I decided some time ago to do not try to understand why we have a so stupid naming scheme for HP-UX.

Anyway, putting aside the philosophical rambling, HP-UX 11iv3 update 6 is here and it came full of new features. The following ones stand out, at least for me.

  • Improved system boot time thanks to RCEnhancement, Oliver wrote about it several weeks ago, until this release it was available in the Software Depot and now is included in the install media.
  • New DRD version capable of synchronize the clone with the running system.
  • LVM updated to version 2.2. With this version we have logical volume snapshots, can’t wait to try this :-D, logical volume migration within the same VG through the new lvmove command and boot support for LVM 2.2 volume groups, this is very cool because until this release the vg00 was stuck in LVM 1.0. Ignite-UX have also been updated to take advantage of this feature and we’ll be asked to choose between LVM 1.0 and LVM 2.2 bootable volume groups.

This release comes bundled with the new HPVM version, the 4.2, which also adds a bunch of new features. To name a few.

  • Automatic memory reallocation.
  • Capacity of suspend and resume a guest.
  • Support for CVM/CFS backing stores for HPVM Serviceguard cluster packages.
  • Encryption of the data during Online VM migration.
  • AVIO support for Veritas Volume Manager based backing stores.

In short, there are a lot of new interesting features, a lot issues have also been fixed and as I said at the beginning we still have to live with an odd naming scheme but in the end I’m quite happy with this new release at least in theory because I didn’t have the opportunity to try it yet but I will do very soon since I’m planning to deploy HPVM 4.2 in the near future. In fact my HPVM 3.5 to 4.1 migration project has become a 3.5 to 4.2 migration, how cool is that eh! ;-)



7 responses to New HP-UX release, new HPVM, new features… same odd naming convention


    I actually label releases such as 11iv3 U6 as 11.31.1006 rather than 11.36. If the past is any indication, running uname -r should give you B.11.31 until 11iv4 comes out with a new number (I think I saw 11.45 somewhere but that’s only a rumor).


    Well the 11.36 is not official but some time ago I saw the 11.34 label to name the Update 4 release, don’t remember where and when, it’s a weird way of trying to follow the same naming rules as in the 11iv2 (11.22, 11.23). I’ve also seen your naming convention (11.31.1006) or a very similar one somewhere.

    And yes the past matters and every sysadmin I know, including me and my HP Support colleagues in Spain, use 11.31 to name the v3 release no matter which update is since it is the output of uname -r :-)

    The 11iv4 in theory will be the 11.41, at least the first release.


    Hi Juan,

    I encounted a problem when I install OS by ignite server nointeraction mode. I configured lvm version in the config file /var/opt/ignite/client/0x32D5A2C50F5F/config like this:
    init _hp_lvm_version=”2.2″
    init _hp_provides_LVM_vg_vers=”2.2″
    But after installation finished ,the lvm version still is 1.0 when I use vgdisplay to check.
    If I used mananully installation by selected the lvm version in the additional tab, the result is correct.

    Would you help me to have a look about it?

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