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ESX problem installing HP insight management agent

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I have a 3 ESX cluster version 3.5 already installed.  I also have HP insite manager (version 5.1 with SP1) installed on our monitoring server.  (Which runs to look over our 3coms, network devices, ect)  After running the scan it picked up all the servers including the ESX servers.  However, the health status shows as Major but my guess is that it is not seeing it correctly.  I have downloaded the rar file hpmgmt-7.5.1a-vmware.tgz from HPs site but even after reading this instructions I am still a little lost.  Still kinda new to this VMware.

All help and input is appreciated
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by:65td
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I used the 8.1.0 agents, review the readme file included with agents.
Need to open the firewall for the agents ports 2381 and 280.
Ensure SNMP community strings are set for the ESX host.
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65td,

Thank you, but in there lies the problem.  I am not sure what FW you are referring to, where to make those port adjustments, or how to ensure the SNMP community strings are set correctly.  I did review the read me file and
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The firewall is under Configuration -> Security tab in ESX 3.5. If you're using ESXi 3.5 than VMWare has a build of ESX with HP agents installed
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The FW on the ESX host.
As noted above one can access the firewall settings from the VC or from the ESX host console.

At the Console login as root, then do a

esxcfg-firewall -q

for a list of current settings.

Other esxcfg-firewall commands do a -h or review link:

esxcfg-firewall -h

http://vmware-land.com/esxcfg-help.html

The agent readme file should list where the community strings are, look in /etc/snmp/ snmpd.conf

Make a copy of the orginal file by typing cp /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf snmpd.conf.org
The use the nano editor to view and edit the /etc/snmp/snmpd.conf file.  (ctrl o to write file, cntrl x to exit nano)

Sample snmpd.conf file:
# Sample snmpd.conf containing VMware MIB module entries.

# This is a simple snmpd.conf that may help you test SNMP.
# It is not recommended for production use. Consult the
# snmpd.conf(5) man pages to set up a secure installation.

syscontact root@localhost (edit snmpd.conf)
syslocation room1 (edit snmpd.conf)
rocommunity public
trapcommunity public
trapsink localhost

Once the snmpd.conf is edited restart the snmp server
service resart  snmpd
or service snmpd stop, snmpd start
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Thanks guys, all great answers.  I will try them.  Question would be, when you use the user name of root what is the default password?  And 65td, you mentioned that this can also be done from the VC, youmean the VIC?  I think that would be easier so I don't have to reboot one of the hosts.
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The root password was entered when ESX 3.5 was installed, no default.
When I referred to VC I meant VirtualCenter.
No reboot should required only restarting services such as snmpd and hpsim.

One can create an answer file for hpsim install with community strings and trap destination(s), see readme in hpsim package.
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The root password can be changed via VirtualCenter as well.
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