?
Solved

Stock or HP ESXi? Which is better?

Posted on 2014-03-26
3
Medium Priority
?
431 Views
Last Modified: 2014-03-26
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?
0
Comment
Question by:garyttu
3 Comments
 
LVL 13

Accepted Solution

by:
Abhilash earned 1000 total points
ID: 39956258
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.
0
 
LVL 124

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1000 total points
ID: 39956264
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.
0
 
LVL 42

Expert Comment

by:Paul Solovyovsky
ID: 39956742
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.
0

Featured Post

Upgrade your Question Security!

Add Premium security features to your question to ensure its privacy or anonymity. Learn more about your ability to control Question Security today.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.
In this article will go through how to backup a vPostgres DB from a broken vCenter Appliance and restore to a new vCenter Appliance.
Teach the user how to edit .vmx files to add advanced configuration options Open vSphere Web Client: Edit Settings for a VM: Choose VM Options -> Advanced: Add Configuration Parameters:
Teach the user how to configure vSphere Replication and how to protect and recover VMs Open vSphere Web Client: Verify vsphere Replication is enabled: Enable vSphere Replication for a virtual machine: Verify replicated VM is created: Recover replica…
Suggested Courses

807 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question