HP released an update for the HP Insight Control components running on top of HP Systems Insight Manager. This update is released as version 7.3.1.

Insight Control is essential server management that enables customers to fully utilize the management capability built into ProLiant servers.  Insight Control delivers powerful capabilities that allow server administrators to proactively monitor ProLiant server health and performance (both physical and virtual), deploy ProLiant servers quickly, reduce energy costs, and control ProLiant servers from anywhere.  Additionally, Insight Control extends the ProLiant server management experience to customers who have standardized on HP Performance Suite, Microsoft System Center, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization,
and VMware vCenter Server. 

  • Latest hardware support
    Support for the latest ProLiant  Gen 8 servers
  • Latest software support
    ESXi 5.0 U3 managed node support
    vSphere 5.1 U2 managed node support
    RHEL 5.10 managed node support
    KVM on RHEL 5.10 managed node support
    RHEL 6.5 managed node support
    Updated HP ProLiant SCCM 2007/2012 Integration Kits to support OS deployment with drivers from SPP 2013.09.0
    Updated HP ProLiant SCVMM 2012 Integration Kit to support OS deployment with drivers from SPP 2013.09.0
    New ProLiant Updates Catalog with Windows software and firmware from SPP 2013.09.0
    Updated HP Virtual Connect Management Pack for SCOM to include additional fibre channel properties
    Support for new options and servers supported with SPP 2013.09.0
    Qualification of the existing HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center 7.3.1 to provide:
    – Support for all HP SCOM management packs with Windows Server 2012 R2 and SCOM 2012 R2
    – Support for the HP Fabric Management Add-in for SCVMM 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center 7.3.2 (future release):
    Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 for all HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center components
    Support for drivers and firmware from SPP 2014.02.0
    Redesigned SCCM 2012 OS deployment provides greater flexibility and control

There was also an important announcement around Rapid Deployment Pack (RDP).
RDP is End Of Life and so the SKU’s will be for sale until 30 April 2014. Support is planned until 31 May 2017.
Time to move to Insight Control Deployment Server!

Further is also announced that the current release 7.3.1 will be the last version that will include Version Control Agent (VCA – used by HP SIM for firmware updates).
The VCA agent will be supported until August 2015.
HP states that from now on  customers should use HP SIM plus HP SUM for agentless firmware updates.

The software can be downloaded from the typical location @ HP Software Depot: