Posts Tagged ‘HP’

New HP CIM Patch Released, Update Manager Still Can't Apply It.

April 28, 2010

A new version (1.3) of the HP ESXi Offline Bundle has been released for ESXi 4.0 Update 1. Now I don’t normally tend to post about patch releases because… well, I just don’t really see the value in posting that a patch was released and leaving it at that. But this is a little different.

Because you _still_ cannot apply this patch via Update Manager.

So once again I’ll ask the question of VMware – what is the point of having an automated patch tool if it can’t actually apply patches like these? Clearly the HP patches are packaged in accordance with VMware requirements, because they can be installed via the vSphere CLI. Yet there is still not an easy way to add patches like this to the VUM repository. Cisco patches seem to be available via a VMware provided online repository, but I’m not asking for that – there needs to be a way to manually add patches to local VUM servers, without pointing the VUM server at a website.

Update Manager does on the other hand continue to offer somewhat useless and redundant guest patching functionality, and even more useless application level remediation for things like BizTalk server. But it still cannot handle patching a host that happens to be running a vCenter VM (yet I can manually VMotion said VM around). And there’s still the unscalable 1:1 relationship between vCenter and Update Manager. I’m not sure what the Update Manager team are working on, but they really should forget about the guests and concentrate on the host patching capabilities, which are far from ideal currently.


HP "Virtualization Blade" – Marketing Bullshit 1 / Virtualisation Architects 0

October 14, 2008

I’ll start (as I often do with negatively titled posts) by saying that I love HP kit. No I’m not being sarcastic, back when I was a support guy I actually resigned from a place because they were going to switch their server vendor of choice away from HP. But for fucks sake, this BL495c “virtualization blade” business is _really_ getting on my nerves. Rather than explain, help me out by doing the following:

1. Google “HP Virtualization Blade”
2. Ignore Mike’s #1 rank in the results (nice job Mike, how the fuck did you take top spot from HP themselves in under 1 day :D).
3. 4 or 5 results down you should see “HP ProLiant BL495c G5 Server Blade – product overview”. Hit that link.
4. On the resulting page, ignore all the marketing bullshit and cast your eyes over the “Support” section of links to the right of the blade image.
5. Open the “OS support” link in a new tab. Change to that tab, and hit the “Vmware” link.
6. Go back to the main product overview page, and open the “Software & Drivers” link in another new tab.

Or if you’re too lazy, have a look here and here.

Now am i going blind, or is there a complete lack of VMware support for this “virtualization blade”? Thanks for that HP. Now guys like me have to fend off a barrage of enquiries from support and management asking “why aren’t you looking at the HP virtualization blade?”. Ironically, Citrix XenServer 5.0 is listed as supporting the BL495c… is anyone even using that? Even if there was VMware support, good luck with using that 10GbE outside of the chassis – there isn’t a 10GbE switch available for the C-class yet. And let’s not ignore the other touted feature, SSD. As Mike points out in his post, disks in blades are next to useless anyway (although in my mind the future is PXE rather than embedded).

No doubt the VMware support and 10GbE switches will come in time, but until then HP should withdraw the marketing BS. It doesn’t do them any favours, and no doubt posts like this will just serve as ammo for their competitors. I look forward to the day when I won’t have to write such posts in the first place!