01/01/2015
Mike Waldock

I've been looking at the upcoming changes to HP OneView which is one of the benefits of being a Platinum Partner for HP. So what are the new highlights for me as a familiar user with the previous version?

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I see five key enhancements:

  • HP’s Oneview is now at a point where it can replace HP SIM for new environments and HP only environments where the HP ProLiant servers are running ILO3.
  • A very clear dashboard interface looks good on any monitoring wall and for the security conscious this display can be logged in as a ‘Read-Only’ user.
  • HP StoreServ management for creation and presentation of hosts and volumes.
  • SAN switch zoning via a remote server.
  • The enterprise management of HP Virtual Connect is greatly improved over ‘Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager’ allowing complete out of the box setup.

The licensing model for HP OneView has changed from the release of OneView 1.20 which includes a base license “OneView standard”, this is applied to all supported systems that are configured as monitor only.

The OneView Advanced licensing remains in its two flavours “with ILO Advanced2 and “without ILO Advanced” Server hardware without an iLO Advanced license does not display utilisation data.

Rack mount servers without an iLO Advanced license cannot access the remote console. So why should you consider HP OneView?

In my view, HP OneView along with HP Smart Update Manager are must have tools for any customers adopting HP ProLiant servers.

HP OneView is an appliance VM that can be hosted on VMWare vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-v.

Smart Update Manager is application available on the HP Service Pack for ProLiant DVD and provides updated firmware, drivers and agents.

So, to the detail! Here’s an overview of the OneView appliance features:

Dashboard View

The dashboard is a very good real-time monitoring view for wallboards etc. It provides a clear visible ‘circles’ interface which shows the number of healthy systems and the number of systems with alerts or warnings as a single pie chart for each type of system ‘HP ProLiant server hardware, server profiles, HP c7000 Blade Enclosure and HP StoreServ capacity’

Datacentre View

Potentially a second wallboard interface as long as people are aware the data is not real-time – unless its getting hot! This dashboard shows the room layout and peak temperature over the last 24 hours for racks with managed components. The temperature is based on the hottest HP ProLiant rack mount server or HP C7000 Blade enclosures device in the rack reported via ILO.

HP C7000 Enclosure Management

Provides a view for configuring one or multiple c7000 enclosure. Shows real-time power and temperature report from the Enclosures active Onboard Administrator module as well as a graphical inventory with health status view.

HP Virtual Connect Management

Provides a view for configuring one or more enclosures Virtual Connect modules. Allows multiple enclosures to be configured by a template policy. Provides a graphical uplink port view with real-time status, redundancy report.

Server Profiles

For Rack mount servers the server profile includes BIOS settings, power profiles and a firmware baseline.

Template profiles can be copied allowing quick configuration of HP ProLiant Gen8+ rack mount servers based on the server role e.g. hypervisor, database server etc…
For Virtual Connect managed blade servers, the profile includes the same as rack mount plus the type, speed and connectivity of Converged Network adapters. This is the optimal profile type for boot from SAN systems as the profile can be reassigned to different blades in the same or different enclosure without the need to reconfigure the operating system or server hardware other than a short power down.

A link to HP ILO Remote console is available from this view using Single Sign On.

Power Delivery devices

HP Oneview works with HP iPDU devices, allowing ProLiant Servers to become redundancy aware, The Power Delivery devices page can report the redundancy status of a server and detect if both power supplies are on the same iPDU. The individual outlets can be powered off from this view which is useful for remotely powering off or restarting unmanaged devices.

Unmanaged PDUs can be added to this view to assist in calculating maximum load.

Unmanaged Devices

Non HP ProLiant G7 upward servers, C7000 BladeSystems, and iPDUS can be added as unmanaged devices. The devices peak power draw can be added and location in the rack can be added. Currently HP StoreServ storage systems are shown as unmanaged devices.

HP Storage Systems

HP StoreServ 7000 storage systems running 3PAR OS 3.1.3 or newer can be added to OneView. This allows the creation of volumes into existing CPG disk pools, creation of hosts based on the server profiles fibre channel WWN and presentation of the volumes. OneView will invoke Brocade Network Advisor to zone san switches if not direct attaching the StoreServ to a virtual connect domain (blade enclosure).

Alerts

SNMP traps are sent to OneView and the status is reported to dashboard.

Email alerting can be configured from OneView 1.20

User Accounts

HP OneView can be configured to use ActiveDirectory or LDAP server accounts for login.

Reports

There are 8 built in reports in the EAP version of OneView 1.20:

These do not seem customisable but can be exported to xls or csv formats. The reports are “Active alerts”, “Enclosure Bay Inventory”, “Enclosure Inventory”, “Interconnect Inventory”, “Local users”, “Server Firmware Inventory”, “Server Inventory” and “Server Profiles Inventory”

So overall, I'll be looking forward to using OneView 1.20 in full production and how it will help my work load. Hope you find it useful too!

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