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How do I install the VMWare ESX 4 HP SIM Agent?

Posted on 2011-04-26
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I was told in this other question that I had:


That the solution to my problem may be to install the HP SIM agent. I found the download here:


but the instructions are really long and a bit over my head at several points. Can someone give me perhaps a more simple set of instructions for achieving this. Please let me know if you need more information from me.

Question by:Rob Sanders
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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There are two steps, install Agents and then install System HomePage

The first thing you need to do is download the HP System Insight Manager Agents from here

8.7.0 (31 Mar 2011)

These provide HP Management Agents provide server management capabilities for VMware ESX 4.0

1. Download the 23MB tar bundle

2. Use WinSCP to copy this file to the servers /tmp directory (folder)

3. To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:
0157af6a5b23fab773638735ef5e479d       hpmgmt-8.7.0-vmware4x.tgz

4. Login as the system administrator (i.e., root), download the HP Insight Management Agents package to a directory on the hard drive. Navigate to that directory and unpack the contents of the package by typing:

    tar -zxvf hpmgmt-8.7.0-vmware4x.tgz

5. This will create two new directories (./hpmgmt and ./hpmgmt/860) under the current directory. 6. Navigate to the ./hpmgmt/860 directory and view the README file for installation instructions.

6. It is required that the virtual machines (VM) on the ESX host be in either powered off or suspend state due to the installation/uninstallation scripts will put the ESX host into maintenance mode to be able to install/uninstall the agents.

If during installation/uninstallation, there is the detection of an active VM (i.e., the state of the VM  is not either suspend or power off), a message is posted to the screen and the installation/uninstallation will terminate. The user must determine what to do with the detected VM. Once the user has either moved the VM off the ESX host or placed the VM in powered off or suspend state. the user can go ahead and execute the  installation/uninstallation of the Management Agents.

HP Systems Manager Homepage

The HP System Management Homepage provides a consolidated view for single server management highlighting tightly integrated management functionalities including performance, fault, security, diagnostic, configuration, and software change management

1. Download the 17MB tar bundle

2. Use WinSCP to copy this file to the servers /tmp directory (folder)

To ensure the integrity of your download, HP recommends verifying your results with this MD5 Checksum value:
d556cd058e035b59dbc53cf2afe64401       hpsmh-6.3.0-22.x86_64.rpm

Download the rpm package to a directory on your hard drive and change to that directory.

Type rpm -ivh hpsmh-< version >.x86_64.rpm to install.
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what points don't you understand?

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by:Rob Sanders
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Actually, after your first post I think I am pointed in the right direction for the time being. I am going to look it over and let you know if I have any questions.
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by:Rob Sanders
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ok, I realize I am asking some really noob questions here. But right now I am stuck at trying to logon to the server via WINscp. I have the root password which I know is correct because I am able to logon to the server with the vsphere client but when i put in the username of root and the root password to try to login through WinSCP it keeps telling me access denied. Perhaps I am not entering in the username in the proper format?
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Okay, hey no problems with the noob questions. We've all got to start somewhere, that's what we are here for.

Okay, by default ESX 4.0, has root denied to login via SSH, so we need to do some changes.
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In ESX 4.0 SSH is blocked by default for the root user so you need to activate the root login on the console of the ESX server.

Do you have access to the console (the real server) or only remote?

If you have another non-root user on the ESX host server, you could SSH to the host, and then su (to root). and make these modifications.


Author Comment

by:Rob Sanders
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ok, I got logged in via WINscp now. I just created a new user and gave it root permissions. Now on to the next step. I will post as soon as I have something.

Author Closing Comment

by:Rob Sanders
ID: 35507633
Thank you for the assistance with this issue and sorry to take so long to respond. This task has been passed on to a colleague of mine to address so I won't be working on it any further at this time. However, the information you have provided to me has been very helpful in at least getting us pointed in the right direction.

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