TIPS: FLRT reports now include security and HIPER data

You’ve asked for it, and IBM delivered!

FLRT continues to provide update and upgrade recommendations based on your input level, usually your current level, for Power firmware, HMC, AIX, VIOS and many more products.

Now, in addition to the recommendations, you’ll see any security or HIPER fixes that have been released ‘on top’ of those levels, including your input level.

This provides you with options. First, you will be able to see what issues reside on each level. Based on this data, and the end of service dates, you can make decisions about updating or upgrading or staying on your current level.

Here’s an example of an AIX report:


Notice that the information is provided for each APAR or security advisory, with direct links. Or, you can see the information in the easy to use Security APARs or HIPER APARs tables. These tables also list the service packs that the fixes will be released in, so you can plan accordingly.

The report also provides abstract information if you hover over the APAR or CVE number with your cursor.  This allows you to get a quick view before having to click on the link.  Very useful!

Here’s a quick example of a report you can try this with:

Here’s an example for a VIOS partition:


I hope you enjoy this new function and please let us know what you think with our feedback button or take our FLRT survey to let us know what other options you would like to see added to FLRT.


Julie Craft

FLRT architect

Austin, TX