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Registering HPE ILO amplifier pack (Hardware support manager) with vCenter 7 Lifecycle manager

I was testing new VMware vCenter server 7 Lifecycle manager feature setting up Image, vSphere Lifecycle Manager presents a new technique of maintaining all ESXi hosts in a cluster by defining an image for the cluster. Images characterize the desired state requirement that comprises software, drivers, and firmware to apply to all hosts in a cluster. Installation of Software and firmware updates ensue concurrently, using a single workflow. This functionality lets you to take benefit of new functionalities, such as image recommendations, automated firmware updates, and hardware compatibility checks. You can manage the selected cluster ESXi hosts with single image, Lifecycle Manager enables you to have all hosts in a cluster inherit the same image, thus removing variability between hosts. Using a single image means faster upgrades, improved reliability. For this Host prerequisites are, Host must be running esxi 7.0 or higher plus they must be from same vendor, and stateless hosts are not supported. In this article I will show basics to configure ILO amplifier pack plug in (Hardware support manager) on VMware vCenter Server 7.

I deployed OVA virtual appliance of  HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) ILO amplifier pack, after configuring the appliance (networking), Open the portal, Expand Configuration and Settings on the left hand side navigation pane and select Add-on Service Manager from list. From far right bring vLCM HSM (HPE HSM Plugin for ILO Amplifier Pack) online on the Actions, check the status - It will be StandbyOffline at first.

HPE hewlett Packard EnterPrise Add on service manager vlcm hsm plugin ILO amplifier Pack Configuration and Settings stanbyoffline lifecycle manager update manager vcenter server vmware vsphere esxi update.png

It will take few minutes, with showing successful message of Installation completed with Add-on-service installation completed successfully. 

vmware vsphere esxi HPE Add-on Service Manager HPE Hardware support manager (HSM) plug-in for VMware vLCM lifecycle Manager update manager planner start enabled HPE ilo emplifier pack.png

Next from navigation pane go to vLCM HSM Registration (HPE Hardware Support Manager (HSM) for VMware Lifecycle Manager (vlcm)), Click Add vCenter button, and fill-up vCenter HostName, UserName, Password and Port information, in the last click Save button.

vmware vsphere esxi vcenter server vLCM HSM Registration HPE hardware Support Manager (HSM) for VMware vLCM vrealize lifecycle Manager update manager vum planner vcenter hostname port.png

This will connect to provided vCenter server and state/status is Registered with Enabled appear on the screen.

HPE vLCM HSM Registration registered vCenters vmware vsphere esxi firmware fixes drivers baseline compliance lifecyle manager update manager planner image creation.png

HPE ILO Amplifier pack is configured successfully, Login to vCenter Server 7, on the vSphere Client under Menu select Administration, choose Solutions >> Client Plugins, You will find HPE HSM Server (HPE Hardware Support Manager Server) is Deployed/enabled.

vmware vsphere client vcenter server administration menu solutions client plugins hpe hardware support manager server hsm llfe-cycle manager lifecycle update manager vcsa vcenter server appliance.png

Next to verify new update planner feature Image go to Cluster >> Updates tab >> Expand Hosts and choose Image. 

Click Setup Image button.

HPE HSM server hardware support manager vmware cluster vsphere vcenter Updates setup mage esxi 7 stateless lifecycle manager update manager ILO amplifier pack hpe.png

This goes to Convert to an Image option. Choose Firmware and Drivers Addon and click SELECT.

vmware vsphere hpe HSM hardware support manager esxi lifecycle manager update manager convert to an image baseline image esxi 7 vendor addon firmware and drivers addon components validate compliance ilo amplifire pack .png

Click Select the hardware support manager HPE Hardware Support Manager, here HPE HSM is listed (I tested Dell EMC OMIVV appliance as well), This shows that Appliance registration is successful.

HPE hardware support Manager DellEMC OMIVV Select firmware and driver addon vsphere integration vmware vcenter vcsa appliance vrealize lifecycle manager update manager vum sphere vcenter7.png

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