Recently in September HP has its latest management pack suite released for System Center Operations Manager called Insight Control for Microsoft System Center 7.1.1 actually it also contains the HP SCCM Integration Kit. In my case I wanted to monitor HP ESXi hardware and needed the proper HP management packs and software. I always found it some kind of troublesome to find the right stuff on HP’s website and it is not always clear what is being supported and what not. That’s why I would like to share my outcome.
If you want to monitor HP servers (e.g. ProLiant G1 up to G7) and run Windows Server operating system on top of it you need to deploy the HP Insight Control Agent (SNMP and/or WBEM) and also the SCOM agent. After this happens you are able to import the HP management packs for ProLiant servers and everything should work fine.
If you want to monitor VMware (ESX), Blade Servers or the new HP G8 (Generation 8) hardware you need to install the HP Device Monitor Console (DMC) / HP Device Monitor Service (DMS) which is basically a piece of software that manages the connection to the respective HP technology. I recommend installing this software on a dedicated server and not a management server because I try to keep management servers as “clean” as possible and I choose to install 3rd party software on a dedicated server. But this is my personal habit. Next deploy a SCOM agent to this dedicated server and import the management packs into SCOM for either VMware, Blade Server or the Agentless management pack for the new ProLiant G8 servers.
A customer had the requirement to monitor ESXi 5 hardware on ProLiant DL380 G6 servers. Well after some researching and studying the HP guides I found the following supported scenarios.
In the SCOM Management Packs User Guide you see that only VMWare ESX 4.0 and 4.1 are supported using the VMware Management Pack…
If you have a ProLiant G8 server as mentioned above you could use the HP ProLiant Agentless Management Pack to monitor the HP server hardware…
BUT what if you have a ESXi 5 running on older ProLiant hardware like DL380 G6 or even older?
Well bad news – according to HP it is not possible to monitor the HP hardware like ProLiant DL 380 G7 and older where ESXi 5 is running on top.
Here the statement from HP Switzerland…
No there is no plan to support pre-Gen8 ESXi servers in ICSC*. ESX uses SNMP, so it was very similar to what we did to support Linux. However, ESXi does not use SNMP, but rather CIM, which is a whole different thing. Since we could get ESXi support “for free” with Gen 8 agentless, that was the route we chose.
*ICSC=Insight Control for Microsoft System Center
To get a better overview, how to monitor HP ProLiant hardware on different operating systems this table should help…
|HP ProLiant G1-G7||HP ProLiant G8|
|Windows OS||Insight Management Agent + SCOM Agent + HP ProLiant MP||Insight Management Agent + SCOM Agent + HP ProLiant MP
HP DMC + HP Agentless MP
|ESX 4.0/4.1||HP DMC + HP VMWare MP||HP DMC + HP Agentless MP|
|ESXi 5||NOT Supported||HP DMC + HP Agentless MP|
The entire documentation about HP’s Insight Control for Microsoft System Center you can find here.
Nevertheless if you need to monitor ESX or ESXi I highly recommend the management pack from Veeam. Some time ago I wrote a post about it. You can find the post here.
I hope this post saves you some time finding the right information!