How to install HP Systems Management Homepage on ESXi 4.1

Hi I am trying to get the HP Systems Management Homepage installed on my DL385 ESXi 4.1 host servers so I can see things like the IML without downing the host.

Two questions:  

1. is this worth doing given that vCenter can monitor and alert on hardware issues with the physical host

2. if this is a worthwhile thing to install what are the steps I would need to take to go about doing it?  I have looked at the install note on the HP support site, it is very brief and I am new to ESX/Linux commands, so I would like to know all the steps I need to take for the installation.

Thanks in advance.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'll try and answer your questions quickly.

1. You can check the Health of the HP Proliant ESXi Server using Health Status which is under Server Configuration, and the Hardware Status Tab, if you have installed the HP OEM version of ESXi. vCenter and other tools Veeam Monitor for free can alert on some of the hardware issues. If you want to "dig" more deeply into the hardware you can use HP Systems Insight Manager.

My question to you is, what is your companies policy, and do you currently manage all of your HP estate using HP Systems Insight Manager, do you already have it installed, configured and alerting for other physical systems, or are you thinking of deploying it.

2. I must admit, HP doesn't make this easy, and it depends on which version of ESXi, you downloaded and installed, did you install ESXi from VMware, did you use the HP Customiized version from VMware, or direct from HP. If you used the vanilla one from VMware, you will need to add all the CIM providers using the utility from the vSphere vCLI (and already I've probably put you off). It does take a while to get this corrected, it's not a 2 min fix.
carbonbaseAuthor Commented:
Hi thanks for the response.  We don't currently use SIM and have no plans to deploy it at the moment.

I downloaded ESXi from vVMware.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
with that answer I feel the benefits outweigh the effort required. Do you have a Hardware Status tab?
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carbonbaseAuthor Commented:
Hi yes I have a hardware status tab in the vsphere client, which alerted me a few weeks ago about a faulty memory module in one of the hosts
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is the equivalent of the HP Systems Homepage for ESXi, you can only install the full HP Systems Homepage on ESX with the HP SIM full agents, because it has a Linux Service Console.

So all the information should be available to you under Hardware Status, including Logs.

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carbonbaseAuthor Commented:
Great, thanks for you help on this.
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