Install HP Smart Update Manager (SUM) on RedHat Enterprise Linux 6

So this is one of the times that you can’t remotely install the latest drivers and firmware updates to a Linux host remotely, the work around is to install the HP SUM server on the Linux host and update it locally.

You will need:

  1. The RedHat installation DVD (the one which contains the packages).
  2. The latest Service Pack for Proliant DVD you can get it from here
  3. The latest HP SUM server RPM which currently is hpsum-5.3.5-66.rhel6.i386.rpm and you can get it from here

How to do it:

  • Copy the hpsum-5.3.5-66.rhel6.i386 RPM to the /tmp directory on the server.
  • Go to the tmp directory, cd /tmp/
  • Give it installation permissions: chmod 777 hpsum-5.3.5-66.rhel6.i386.rpm
  • Install the rpm package: rmp -i hpsum-5.3.5-66.rhel6.i386.rpmĀ and you’ll get the dependency packages required for it’s installation


  • Now mount the RedHat DVD.
  • Change directory to the packages directory cd /media/RHEL_6.4 x86_64 Disc 1/Packages
  • Copy the hereunder lines you’ll see the packages installing one by one:
    • rpm -i –nodeps expat-2.0.1-11.el6_2.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-69.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libstdc++-4.4.7-3.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps glibc-2.12-1.107.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libxml2-2.7.6-8.el6_3.4.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps freetype-2.3.11-6.el6_2.9.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libSM-1.2.1-2.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libICE-1.0.6-1.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libXi-1.6.1-3.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libX11-1.5.0-4.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libXext-1.3.1-2.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libxcb-1.8.1-1.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libXau-1.0.6-4.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libXrender-0.9.7-2.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libXrandr-1.4.0-1.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libXfixes-5.0-3.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libXcursor-1.1.13-2.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps fontconfig-2.8.0-3.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps zlib-1.2.3-29.el6.i686.rpm
  • Now after we have the mentioned dependencies install the HPSUM RPM:
    • Change directory to /tmp/
    • rmp -i hpsum-5.3.5-66.rhel6.i386.rpm
    • The installation now is successfull :).
  • Now we will launch the HP SUM server just type hpsum in the terminal window and you’ll see it starting, sadly we’re not through with the needed dependencies yet.


  • After more than one trial to launch the application I found the RPMs that are also needed for the HP SUM server to launch, so copy the hereunder RPMs as well and they can also be installed from the RedHat DVD:
    • rpm -i –nodeps libuuid-2.17.2-12.9.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps libgcc-4.4.7-3.el6.i686.rpm
      rpm -i –nodeps nss-softokn-freebl-3.12.9-11.el6.i686.rpm
  • Now you can run the hpsum server successfully.


  • Once the HP SUM server is running follow the normal steps to install the latest drivers and firmware updates BUT here you’ll have to point it manually to the SPP DVD after mounting it, follow the hereunder screens and you’ll be set.

Hopefully this will be helpful to you :)

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2 Responses

  1. Tony G says:

    You got to ask why the dependencies aren’t on the HPSUM disk. They ARE open source you know so they can credit the authors

    Thanks for the article – this process is a real PITA and the article helps a lot!

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