Apparently HP Support is experiencing a large volume of customer calls from Gen8 customers asking for their SmartStart CDs.

It seems that not everyone is aware that for both Gen8 ProLiant servers and Gen8 BladeSystems, SmartStart is replaced by Intelligent Provisioning which is initiated by pressing F10 during server POST.

Info on Intelligent Provisioning is found at its website at

So there is NO media kit (e.g. no SmartStart CDs) included with ProLiant Gen8 products.  

To help a little more HP has developed a video called HP Intelligent Provisioning, no more SmartStart”.

So at least I did my part to share the information with all of you…