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Stock or HP ESXi? Which is better?

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We use HP BL460 Gen 8 blades and Gen 8 rack servers that we run ESXi (5.1 and 5.5) on.  Up until now, we've always used the stock ESXi install provided by VMware.  Should we be using the ESXi install provided by HP instead?  What are the advantages?

If so, what is the process if we want to update to 5.5 U1? Do we have to wait for HP to release their copy of VMware 5.5 u1, or can we just complete the stock upgrade on top of HPs install?
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I would say install the HP ISO as it comes with all the updated drivers. The stock ISO does not give you vendor specific drivers but the customized ISO will contain all the latest drivers.
And yes you will have to wait for HP to release the 5.5U1 version. they will take a while as they have to test the version and then release it.
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If you want HP monitoring of Health of the Servers, always use the HP OEM version.

Also, you will often be advised by HP, if requiring HP Support to use the HP OEM version of ESXi.
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HP ISO has the most current ESXi 5.5 Update 1 so you're not losing anything by installing it.  It does provide more insight into your HP hardware.
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