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Installing iLO Amplifier Pack

HPE recently announced that their HPE InfoSight service now supports servers. This is something we have been waiting for and we’re eager to check out the new functionality.

The server integration in InfoSight requires iLO Amplifier Pack to be installed and integrated with InfoSight.

In our environment we are using HPE OneView to manage our servers so the Amplifier Pack isn’t something we have tested as some of the functionality is overlapped in OneView. When the Amplifier pack came out I seem to recall that you couldn’t add in a server which was also managed by OneView. This makes sense since both products can make changes to the servers.… continue reading

Extending the firmware repository in HPE OneView

This is a short post on how to extend the internal firmware repository in HPE OneView.

The procedure is documented in the installation guide for 3.0, but if you are like me chances are that you don’t have that lying around so I thought I’d write up a short post on it for future reference.

The process is pretty straight forward:

  • Shut down the appliance
  • Extend the hard disk to 275GB*
  • Start the appliance
  • The repository should be extended, if not do a manual restart
  • Note that the disk needs to be minimum 275 GB for the repository to be extended, and that anything more than 275GB will be wasted space

For reference, check out this HPE Advisorycontinue reading

HPE iLO affects ESXi management agents – hosts in “not responding”

The last months we have had several issues with ESXi hosts going in a “Not responding” status. The VMs are still active and online in this scenario, but the ESXi cannot be managed. This also affets backup as it won’t be able to reach the VMs through the APIs.

Previously we have normally just restarted the management agents on the host and it has been able to connect to vCenter and after this we have managed to migrate the VMs off the host. Lately this hasn’t worked and we have been forced to boot the host with the result of the VMs getting rebooted by HA and eventually started on a different host.… continue reading

Upgrading to HPE OneView 4.1 – Failed!

After the release of the new and shiny version 4.1 of HPE OneView we have tried to upgrade one of our (smaller) OneView instances.

The update process is usually quite straight forward and it gets better in every release. The upgrade to 4.0 from 3.x had some issues with certificate handling post-upgrade, but it was manageable.

The upgrade from 4.0 to 4.1 should not be affected by the same so I had great hopes about a smooth upgrade.

After reading up on the Release notes and Install/upgrade instructions we proceeded with the upgrade process. We are upgrading from 4.0.07.

First of is to do a backup of the appliance.… continue reading

Release of HPE OneView 4.1

Recently HPE released version 4.1 of their management platform, OneView.

We use OneView extensively in our environment and are always looking out for new functionality and features in the product.

Version 4.1 comes with some new promising features.

  • Secure remote troubleshooting with Remote Technician
  • Reduced downtime for firmware and driver updates for HPE ProLiant servers
  • Simplified cluster management and rolling updates

Especially the ability to schedule firmware upgrades and rolling updates on a vSphere cluster sounds exiting and are very welcome. I have hoped and asked for scheduling of firmware directly in OneView for a long time without the need for external componens like the Smart Update Tools (SUT) VM.… continue reading

Automating iLO config and OneView setup for HPE servers

We have quite a few Blade Enclosures with BL460c server blades in them and have been happy with those. For managing these we are primarly using HPE OneView and in some cases the Onboard Administrator (OA).

Our latest batch of new hardware however was DL360 and DL380 rack servers. These will also be managed by OneView primarly, but initially we need to do some iLO config on each server which in the case of blades are done by the OA. They will also have to be added to OneView manually while the blades would be brought in automatically from the chassis.… continue reading

HPE OneView 4 – First look

HPE released it’s 4th version of their OneView management appliance late in December. While version 3 was a great deal better than v2 and v1 I have some expectations on this release as well.

I think all versions have had value and the new features and functionalities presented has been for the better. Still it wasn’t until version 3 I really felt that it was a solid product.

We’ve run v3 for almost as long as it has been available and have been happy with it. But, as always, there have been some features missing which we would like to se in the product.… continue reading

OneView crash – Error in log file content

This weekend our primary OneView appliance crashed.

This particular OneView appliance handles 10 blade chassis and over 120 blade servers

As OneView handles only the management side of the hardware nothing in production was affected by this crash.

TLDR; There is a bug in version 3.10.04 which doesn’t delete expired sessions. This is fixed in version 3.10.07

A few troubleshooting steps was taken initially.

  • First we restarted the appliance, it took a while but it stopped when loading it’s resource managers and threw the same error
  • We also gave it some more CPU’s and more RAM to see if it was a resource issue, after powering on the VM it eventually threw the same error

Unfortunately we are not doing backups of the appliance from OneView.… continue reading