Traditionally we have always used HP Smart Start build disks when installing a single operating system straight on to physical HP hardware.
We are rolling out a couple of ESXi servers running 4-5 VMs each.
My concern is monitoring the HP hardware, obviously when using Smart start disks it preinstalls all drivers, ACU and insight monitoring. Also we can install our own monitoring software like GFI to keep an eye on drive sizes, raid failures etc.
How do you monitor your hardware when you're running VMware ESXi as a host?