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How to configure an array on Smart Array Controller on a ProLiant running ESXi

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We have some ProLiant DL380 G7 machines with P410 Smart Array Controllers. I know you can edit array configurations with the hpssacli command-line tools (used to be hpacucli). But there should also be a way to connect to them from another server using a GUI. Much like you do with the HP Smart Storage Administrator (used to be HP ACU) tool when the server runs native windows. I just don't seem to be able to find out how to do that. Can anyone tell me how I can do this? The server is running the ESXi HP Custom image.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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At present, the GUI is supplied with the Array Configuration Utilities (ACU) on the Smart Start DVDROM.

I do not believe, HP have a remote function like Dell and LSI have!

(and the LSI GUI remote function is a bit hit and miss!)

You can check Health of array, using Health Status or Hardware Status

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by:Stephans2
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Hi Andrew, Thank you for your answer. I know I can health check the Smart Array Controller using Hardware Status and I know I can edit the array by booting with Smart Start DVD. Can anyone else confirm that there is no way of doing it through a GUI?
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Not at present, it's not available, HP still have not delivered what Dell have done!
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You need to install "HP ESXi utilities (on/offline) bundle" to get all the command line tools you ask for.
Depending on your HP vmware image they may or may not be installed.
You can install them via VUM via "Extension Baseline" with single extension. Then thay will be handled by normal HP VIBsdepot upgrades after.
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Thank you for your answer. But like I wrote in my post we already are using the custom HP ESXi image which has the command-line tools. So I know I can do it command-line. Except that that doesn't work really handy and I was hoping for a GUI that would exist. BUt apparently there is no way of doing that.
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It is also about accuracy.
I'd tend to think HP prioritizes big customers. Nobody will even imagine using GUI in 1000-server farms.
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That's true. But all thousands of small customers together that have 10 physical servers are a big group also. Anyway that is off-topic.
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In our opinion, HP are losing customers to Dell, which have handled this area, and have many other options in development in the pipeline....and still HP have not delivered.
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I think so too.
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And they ask money for post-warranty support...
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