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Intelligent Provisioning replaces SmartStart CDs in ProLiant Gen8 servers

HP Intelligent Provisioning replaces SmartStart in Gen 8 servers and Gen8 blade servers which means you do not need SmartStart CDs!   Boot into HP Intelligent Provisioning on your server by pressing F10 during server boot so that you can begin server configuration and maintenance.  It’s that easy.  You can choose to either install or perform maintenance functions from the Intelligent Provisioning screens. 


A video about this can be found at these websites:

  1. Intelligent Provisioning: www.hp.com/go/intelligentprovisioning
  2. HP SmartStart: http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/smartstart/index.html
  3. HP Insight Foundation Suite for ProLiant: http://www.hp.com/go/foundation
  4. HP SPP & HP SUM main page: www.hp.com/go/simple-fw-sw
  5. HP Service Pack for ProLiant: www.hp.com/go/spp
  6. iLO Management Engine: www.hp.com/go/ilomanagementengine
  7. iLO: www.hp.com/go/ilo
  8. Linkages to Intelligent Provisioning and its video, HP Intelligent Provisioning, no more SmartStart are being added to all ProLiant Gen 8 pages.



The software that came on CDs (SmartStart) in previous generation ProLiant servers is now embedded on a flash chip on Proliant Gen8 servers and Gen8 blade servers.  We make the flash chip (similar to a USB key) bootable when a user presses the F10 key during server boot.  The server will then boot to the flash chip and shows the Intelligent Provisioning software.  You will still have the configuration utilities you are accustomed to previously with SmartStart plus many new ones.


Intelligent Provisioning Feature enhancements are:

  • Update your drivers and systems software by connecting directly to HP.com and perform firmware updates and install an OS in the same step
  • Install Windows, Linux, and VMware quickly
  • Provision a server remotely using HP iLO
  • Remote Support registration
  • Revised and simplified user interface (UI) with the following capabilities:
    • A new "Recommended Install" for quick one-click, simple fast installation. This express installation process has preset defaults and will perform a software and firmware update if the network is available at your location. (Recommend that you use the HP suggested defaults.)
    • The "Customized Install" (often called Guided or Assisted install) has been simplified, updated, and refreshed. This is the full HP interview with a start to finish wizard for deploying HP ProLiant Gen8 servers. It provides the network setup, remote support registration, the systems software, driver and firmware update, the server hardware configuration, RAID configuration, and OS installation. This interview process is also much faster than in the past and includes software driver and firmware updates as part of the interview process.
    • A much simplified “Manual Install” is provided that automates finding your drivers for you without searching the web.

 Just remember: For both Gen8 ProLiant servers and Gen8 Blade servers, SmartStart is replaced by Intelligent Provisioning; please click here to go to that product.  See a video posted here.

HP Pro ‎08-20-2012 06:59 PM - edited ‎08-20-2012 07:00 PM

Good information.... and to add to it following is the Support document on on above information: 




Also, refer the following HPGT.This will provide step-by-step approach for configuration, Management and Monitoring, Diagnostic tools and utilities and Troubleshooting of intelligent provisioning:


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