heinzel0302
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HP ESXi Image okay?

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Hi!

We are using BL 360c G1 Blade Servers for our Virtual Infrastructure. We have a direct support contract with VMWare.

Is it okay to use the HP-ESXi Image to install our Servers? (5.0 U1 Jun 2012 ESXi HD-USB-SDImgeInstlr (Z7550-00779.iso)) Do we still get support from VMware for this Installation Image?

Do you see any Issues when using the HP customized Image in comparison with the VMware original one?

It would be great if you could share your thoughts.

Thnx....Andreas

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peetz
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Okay, this server is also on HP's VMware compatibility matrix (http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/vmware/supportmatrix/hpvmware.html).

So, yes:

1) Be sure to update the servers to the current firmware release set with the ProLiant Support Pack (The latest version is here: http://www.hp.com/swpublishing/MTX-93c548a72aaa4ee3b2b0e0430b)

2) Install it with the current HP Customized ESXi 5.0 ISO (go here: http://www.hp.com/go/esxidownload)

- Andreas

Twitter: @VFrontDe, @ESXiPatches | https://esxi-patches.v-front.de | https://vibsdepot.v-front.de

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iw123
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Hi,

Yes, the HP image is supported, and is recommended for use on hp servers as it contains the necessary drivers. Just make sure that the hardware you are using is on the vmware HCL:

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?

Thanks

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golddiggie
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The server model you posted isn't on the VMware HCL for any release of ESXi 5. With that in mind, I wouldn't advise trying to install onto it. While it MIGHT work, there's no way to know without installing. You could run into serious driver issues (even with the HP customized install) too. If you have a support contract with HP, I would contact them directly to see IF the customized installer is certified to work on that model.

I'ts not a minor issue to install that model not being on the HCL. For one thing, VMware support can use that to decline working on any issues with those hosts. Not that all of them will, but they can do it. If the blade chassis supports newer models, that ARE on the VMware HCL, I would see if you can get those purchased where you are.

I would also advise consulting the HCL, and the server manufacturers, before purchasing ANY servers slated to become ESXi 5.x hosts. Even if you're looking at brand new models. Actually IF you're looking at brand new models, I'd have compatibility triple checked first. It can take a bit of time before drivers, builds, etc. are updated for newly released hardware. More often than not you'll need to use async drivers for at least some of the hardware, even if it lists things as being 'inbox'...

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heinzel0302
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sorry my bad, we have BL460c G1 deployed, which are supported by Vmware HCL.

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golddiggie
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Make sure the firmware/bios of the server is at the correct level (on the HCL, I15)...

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peetz
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Okay, this server is also on HP's VMware compatibility matrix (http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/vmware/supportmatrix/hpvmware.html).

So, yes:

1) Be sure to update the servers to the current firmware release set with the ProLiant Support Pack (The latest version is here: http://www.hp.com/swpublishing/MTX-93c548a72aaa4ee3b2b0e0430b)

2) Install it with the current HP Customized ESXi 5.0 ISO (go here: http://www.hp.com/go/esxidownload)

- Andreas

Twitter: @VFrontDe, @ESXiPatches | https://esxi-patches.v-front.de | https://vibsdepot.v-front.de

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