2 pcs of HP 146GB 15K 2.5" 6G SFF SAS ENT DP HD disks
4 pcs of 4 x 10/100/1000 RJ-45 NICs (HP NC382I PCI e DP )
BIOS P67 01/30/2011

After installed the ESXi and used SmartStart 8.7 to create the Arrays I wonder which is the proper way to install HP updates? Ultimately there will run several Windows Servers on top of ESXi.

I found Smart Update Firmware DVD 9.3 under OS / Windows Servers section (and the details of 9.3 says that it only covers VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0). Will it still apply?

Should I also manually install all drivers/firmware I found under OS / "VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1" section?

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- Driver - Network : My HP NC382I PCI e DP adapters are not listed there.
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* RECOMMENDED * HP System Management Homepage for Linux (x86)

asked 06/08/2011 12:47

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8 Answers:
I would install the firmware DVD plus the iLO3 suplimental (1.25) since that's later than the DVD. HP have a database that's supposed to list everything that's applicable to each OS/server but it's often wrong and doesn't list everything.


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Oh, and I would use the HP version of ESXi, that has the drivers already rolled in, - you'll need to create a free HP passport account.

answered 2011-06-08 at 09:14:00

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If you need to install updates in the future for HP ESXi 4.1 U1, you use the utility included in the VMware vCLI

answered 2011-06-08 at 09:18:57

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I used HP's ESXi allready hinted by andyalder in mine other case.
hanccocka:, downloaded vSphere CLI 4.1 but noticed is is compatible with these:
The vCLI is supported on the following Windows platforms:
¿ Windows 2003 32 bit
¿ Windows XP SP3 32 bit
¿ Windows Vista Enterprise SP1 32 bit
¿ Windows 2008 64 bit

I plan to use it on Win7 64 bit physical machine. I do have some old XP SP3 physical machines. I plan also to use Physical Win7 64 bit WS to act as a vCenter Server (and cLI too if it works).

Based on my short study Win7 64 bit WS doesn't suite for vCenter Server either. I'll promised to the customer that all VMware servers (2 pcs of win 2008 64 bit) + the host will be dedicated to their testing setup. That leads that currently I don't know where to install vCenter Server,

Hmm.. 11 pm now. Will carry on tomorrow.

Rgs, juha.

answered 2011-06-08 at 09:27:50

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I use the vSphere CLI 4.1 on Windows 7 64 bit and Windows Vista 64 bit with no issues.

It's best to use WIndows Server 2008 64 bit for vCenter.

answered 2011-06-08 at 12:55:33

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You can also use the vMA (vCLI Appliance) that installs on the host ESX servers if you like.

answered 2011-06-08 at 12:59:27

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Wuill vlose thuis question soon.

Rgs, Juha RImmi

answered 2011-06-08 at 13:00:05

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answered 2011-06-12 at 21:51:09

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