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We have around 2000 physical servers and most of them HP Proliant servers running with Vwmare 5.5. We are looking our create the central inventory of all the fireware, BIOS version, HBA driver versions, all device driver version etc...bascially we need complete inventory and compare with the latest updates and plan for the maintenance window and update the server with latest versions.

How can we achieve this complete inventory and change management.

I know that we can use HP SIM, but detailed process/work flow is very much apreciated.

thank you.
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The best method, is to implement HP Systems Insight Manager, and let it scan your network, also ensure you are using OEM HP versions of ESXi 5.5, have SNMP enabled, and also have a Change Control Repository.

Follow the HP SIM documentation, and installations guides, for implementations.
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Thanks Andrew, do you think whether can I the different stages of this process and activities involved. For example,
first step is scan network, generate the report, check the internet for latest updates, test the updates, pilot testing, if issues rollback, prod deployment and rescan, something like process flow and best practices.

one of more how to get the OEM ESX image report in oour network to find whether our OEM is HP customized OEM? where i can get report for complete hosts?
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If you are not using the OEM version of ESXi from HP, you may have issues, with the Inventory and HP SIM.

Where did you download, and install ESXi from ?

The very First step is to provision a server, physical is best, check requirements and guidelines from HP for HP SIM Server and Version Repository, and once this has been setup and implemented.....then SCAN....

This is quite a large project, which can take some time to get off the ground, it's not quick....

Normally you have HP SIM installed first! you do not retro fit after the event, of rolling out 2,000 physical HP Servers!
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Thanks, i need additional help on this to kick off this project. My servers are build using HP OEM image.
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Have you installed HP SIM yet, downloaded the software, downloaded the Implementations Guide Lines?
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created the process flow with below phases

      Create the governance and project plan, who is responsible for what with tentative timelines
      Install the HP SIM server
      Capture all the hardware inventory that includes BIOS, firmware, device drivers versions
      Do the gap analysis with latest updates
      Assess the criticality
      Deploy on test servers
      Create the rollback plan
      Deploy the updates in appropriate maintenance window
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for Harinath Aithagoni's comment #a40416236

for the following reason:

I figured out
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