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Hp Pays $108 Million To Settle Doj, Sec Corruption Probes - Business Insider

HP starts charging for server firmware updates | PCWorld

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million and agreed to take on certain reporting and compliance obligations to settle a Justice Department and SEC investigation into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have been conducting investigations into HP's conduct in Russia and Poland, among other countries. On Wednesday, Polish prosecutors alleged that a local HP executive paid bribes worth over $500,000 in exchange for help winning contracts to supply computer equipment to Polish police headquarters. HP declined to comment on the specifics of that case. It did not elaborate on what obligations it agreed to take on in its settlement of the U.S. probes.
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How to install Windows Server 2012 on HP ProLiant Servers - TechRepublic

This decision reinforces our goal to provide access to the latest HP firmware, which is valuable intellectual property, for our customers who have chosen to maximize and protect their IT investments, HPs Mary McCoy vice president for technology services said in a blog post . We are in no way trying to force customers into purchasing extended coverage. That is, and always will be, a customers choice. Its not clear if HP will restrict access to critical firmware updates that are sometimes necessary to keep a device from misbehaving. As ZDNets Ed Bott who first reported this storypointed out, a flaw in ProLiant servers prevented them from running Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and resulted in the system hanging when it tried to boot with those operating systems installed. A firmware update eventually fixed the issue, but under the new HP policy, the critical fix would only be available to new ProLiant owners and people paying for an extended updates, as HP's ProLiant software warranty is limited to 90 days after purchase.
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richard branson Intelligent Provisioning replaces SmartStart CDs for ProLiant Gen8 servers. The software that came on SmartStart media is now embedded on a flash chip on ProLiant Gen8 servers and Gen8 server blades. The pre-loaded flash chip is bootable when a user presses the F10 key during server boot (POST). The server will then boot to the pre-loaded flash chip and show the Intelligent Provisioning software. New way to provision HP ProLiant: Smart Update Manager (HP-SUM) For everyone that does not have ProLiant Gen8 servers, use the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) at http://www.hp.com/go/spp to get firmware and software updates, since only Gen8 can use Intelligent Provisioning. You will also need to use the SPP if you are installing Windows Server 2012 on any HP hardware prior to Gen8. There is also a Windows Server 2012 Supplement for Service Pack for ProLiant that includes drivers and software for all ProLiant servers.
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HP to begin charging for firmware updates and service packs for servers | ZDNet

hp-warranty-status It's true that updates for Ciscorouters and switches require a valid service contract. But downloads for Cisco servers (the Cisco Unified Computing System, or UCS, line) require registration but not a service contract . (Thanks to Bill Shields for the pointer, via Twitter.) And as networking consultant Lindsay Hill points out in a recent blog post , IBM also requires "entitlement validation" for "select software products and updates and for Machine Code (also known as firmware or microcode)." The IBM policy was announced last summer . Currently, visitors to IBM Fix Central see this announcement : Fix Central Machine Code updates are available only for IBM machines that are under warranty or an IBM hardware maintenance service agreement. Code for operating systems or other software products is available only where entitled under the applicable software warranty or IBM software maintenance agreement.
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