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Overview

VMware ESXi is the easiest way to get started with virtualization. You can evaluate ESXi with the free basic hypervisor and upgrade to higher versions for a full vSphere implementation.

Consolidate your applications onto fewer servers and start saving money through reduced hardware, power, cooling and administration costs. With VMware ESXi you can:

  • Run multiple operating systems on a single server and reduce hardware costs
  • Run a greener datacenter and reduce your energy cost
  • Enable easier back-ups and restores for your applications
  • Run the most resource intensive applications in production

VMware ESXi has been tested to run on supported ProLiant platforms listed at http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/software/index.html 

HP VMware ESXi

HP has seamlessly integrated VMware ESXi, delivering active HP ProLiant management and consolidated lifecycle management for a consistent, reliable ProLiant experience. HP Insight Management WBEM Providers for ESXi proactively surface hardware monitoring data to deliver the most up-to-date server state information possible. HP Insight Management WBEM Providers for ESXi providers and VMware ESXi provide active hardware management using HP SIM (Systems Insight Manager). You can update VMware ESXi using the standard VMware update tools.

HP Insight Management WBEM Providers for ESXi allows you to be proactively notified of issues and to collect information on:

·         SAS Provider, SAS controller, external storage enclosure, internal drive cage, data and spare drive and logical volume information.

·         IMLRecordLog Provider – Integrated Management Log (IML) summary and entries

·         Smart Array Providers - Smart Array controller, external storage enclosure, internal drive cage, data and spare drive and logical volume information.

·         Networking Providers - Ethernet ports, statistics, port link status, IP and MAC addresses.

·         PCI Providers - PCI device, adapter card and slot information.

·         Sensor Providers - Temperature sensors information (for CPU, chassis, memory), temperature sensors threshold values and current readings.

·         CPU Providers – Processor and processor cache

·         Memory Providers - Memory controllers and DIMMs

·         Fan Providers – Server Fans and current speeds

·         Power Supply Providers – Server Power Supplies and current power utilization

·         Software Inventory - Ethernet adapter driver versions, HP Insight Management WBEM Providers for ESXi version and Server Active ROM and redundant ROM versions.

·         Base Server Providers – Server and running OS information

 

Please refer to the HP Insight Management WBEM Providers for ESXi datasheets for additional information

HP Agentless Management Service and HP Active Health System

HP Agentless Management Service (AMS) is a service that provides additional support for HP Agentless Management and HP Active Health System.  HP Agentless Management Service provides HP iLO with management data without the complexity of OS based agents. HP Active Health System provides 24x7 mission control for servers, delivering maximum uptime through automated monitoring, diagnostics and alerting.

Support for Agentless Management and Active Health is available in the HP Custom Image, the HP ESXi Offline Bundle and in the new HP Agentless Management Service Offline Bundle. The HP ESXi Offline Bundle includes the full HP Insight Management WBEM Providers and the HP Agentless Management Service Offline Bundle includes only the HP Insight Management WBEM Providers required to support SmartArray, DIMM Status and iLO in VMware vCenter. Customers can manage their ProLiant servers using the HP Agentless Management Service by installing the HP Custom Image or the HP ESXi Offline Bundle. Customers who intend to manage their ProLiant servers using only Agentless Management and do not need the full set of HP Insight Management WBEM Providers should install the HP Agentless Management Service Offline Bundle.

HP VMware ESXi solution requires the following: 

·         Registration of your free ESXi download on VMware ESXi hypervisor webpage to obtain permanent license serial number.

·         VMware ESXi free downloadable product. To upgrade your license to more feature rich, fully licensed editions including Essentials, Essentials Plus, Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus editions, purchase HP VMware vSphere Editions listed in the QuickSpecs

·         The HP customized ESXi images include the HP Insight Management WBEM Providers. If you have downloaded ESXi from VMware, it is recommended that you update to the latest version of HP ESXi Offline Bundles on your ProLiant at the earliest

·         Acquire your choice of HP supported and qualified media - any HP supported hard drive, USB, SD, Micro SD Flash device listed in the QuickSpecs. Please note that all devices will need to be imaged for ESXi 5.0 or later. Buy the supported devices now - USB Key, SD Card or Micro SD Card

·         Support and Services

·         Paid service is available for HP VMware ESXi free download. You can choose 1, 3, or 5 year 24x7 support by contacting HP support and quoting the following care pack part number of your choice.

1 year

3 year

5 year

24x7 Support

UQ629E

UQ631E

UQ635E

·         To contact HP worldwide support, please visit HP Support, and click your location.

·         Hewlett-Packard customers that have purchased software support and subscription for VMware products can contact their local HP support center for software services. Visit www.hp.com/go/vmware to learn more about Service and Support.

 

For more information:

·         Click here for

·         Whitepapers on deploying ESXi on HP ProLiant servers

·         HP Insight Management WBEM Providers datasheets

·         HP VMware Utilities Guide

·         HP Getting Started Guide

·         HP Release Notes

 

Note:

·         HP will not release a special image for ESXi 4.0 U4. To install or update to ESXi 4.0 U4, please visit the HP Customer Notice c03185813.

·         HP will not release a special image for ESXi 4.1 U3. To install or update to ESXi 4.1 U3, please visit the HP Customer Notice c03451532.

 

 
Additional product information
Product #: HPVM06
Version: 4.0 and Updates
Software specification: 4.1 U2 Jun 2012 ESXi HD-USB-SDImgeInstlr (Z7550-00800.iso)
4.1 U2 Jun 2012 ESXi Release Notes (702705-001.pdf)
4.1 U2 Jun 2012 ESXi Getting Started Guide (699778-001.pdf)
4.0 U3 May2011 ESXi HD-USB-SDImgeInstlr (Z7550-00092.iso)
4.0 U3 May2011 ESXi Release Notes (598391-003.pdf)
4.0 U3 May2011 ESXi Getting Started Guide (509678-007.pdf)
4.0 U2 - Sept 2010- ESXi HD-USB-SD Image Installer CD (583772-006.iso)
4.0 U2 - Sept 2010 - ESXi Release Notes (598391-002.pdf)
4.0 U2 - Sept 2010 - ESXi Getting Started Guide (509678-006.pdf)
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