When VMware made vSphere 5.5 generally available HP also published its own customized version of the ESXi 5.5 installation ISO including HP drivers and tools. But there was one important component missing in the first version of their customized ISO: The HP CIM providers that are needed for monitoring the hardware through the vSphere Client or HP SIM.
Now HP has fixed that and published an updated version that also includes the CIM provider package ...
What's new in there?
- As expected the number of HP servers that are officially supported with ESXi 5.5 has significantly dropped (compared to ESXi 5.0 and 5.1). As per their ProLiant Server VMware Support Matrix all G5 models and a lot of G6 models are no longer supported.
However, I was able to successfully install it on a DL380 G5, so it's more a matter of supportability than compatibility, but your mileage may vary ...
- The hpacucli tool for online configuration of storage controllers from an ESXi shell or via esxcli has been replaced by the hpssacli tool. It is very similar, but supports more controllers.
- The new tool hptestevent can be used to send WBEM test events. This is useful for checking if WBEM/CIM is correctly working and e.g. that the host was correctly registered in HP SIM for hardware monitoring and alerting.
If you want to update your HP server from 5.0 or 5.1 to the HP customized ESXi 5.5 version then follow these steps:
1. Download the HP Customized ESXi 5.5 Offline bundle (the zip file) from the same location where the ISO is also available.
2. Upload it to a datastore of your host and run the following command in an ESXi shell:
esxcli software profile install -d /vmfs/volumes/ds1/VMware-ESXi-5.5.0-1331820-HP-5.71.3-Sep2013-depot.zip -p HP-ESXi-5.5.0-5.71.3(provided your datastore name is ds1. Also compare my earlier general post about the update to ESXi 5.5)
3. Reboot the host.
This post first appeared on the VMware Front Experience Blog and was written by Andreas Peetz. Follow him on Twitter to keep up to date with what he posts.