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VMWare ESXI - Monitoring HP Hardware for failures

Hi all,

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?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Before installing VMware ESXi, make sure you download the OEM HP ESXi version which has specific software which comminicates with the hardware.

These hardware sensors are available to the management interfaces in VMware vSphere Client under Health Status, or vCenter Server under Hardware Status.

Alerts can be monitored for server health in both, you can additional use SNMP traps, to send SNMP alerts to as monitoring station or setup HP Systems Insight Manager to monitor your ESXi Hosts Servers.

There are many other SNMP Software Packages, we use PRTG, SolarWinds, What's Up Gold...
HP have their specific tools for monitoring hardware/firmware and sundries this is called HP Systems Insight Manager (SIM).

This can be managed by the a VCenter plugin called Insight Control for VMware VCenter, please see below and as far as I remember this is wholly free.

SIM used with IRSA enhances the solution and allows all failures/predictive failures for hardware under warranty is automatically logged to their support center.


unrealone1Author Commented:
Sorry for late reply, will be looking into this next week, just got pushed to the back of the pile.
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