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Update to HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter

Headshot 100X100.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vexpert 2012 logo.gif

 

I've been so focused on our November 1 webcast that I haven't had much to say on the blog in a few days.  But one thing worth pointing you to is the new version of HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter - it's version 7.1 in case your counting. 

 

Also available is a new version of HP Insight Control for vCenter Server, which Insight Control.gifdelivers powerful HP server management capabilities to VMware administrators, enabling comprehensive deployment, provisioning, monitoring, remote control and power optimization directly from the vCenter console.

 

More insight on Insight Control Storage Module

Here's a few bullets (yes, I'm copy/pasting from other information I have) talking a bit about what Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter can do:

 

  • Monitor and manage the physical/virtual relationships between the VMware Virtual Machines & ESX servers and the HP arrays:
               >   Map VMware/virtual environment and provide detailed information about the HP storage being used
               >   Create/Expand/Delete datastores on HP arrays
               >   Create a Virtual Machine from a template on HP arrays
               >   Delete an unassigned volume
  • Includes support for vSphere Storage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA), which enables vCenter to query and capture the capabilities of HP arrays and make use of the new vSphere 5 Storage DRS and Profile-Driven Storage features
  • Available for the following arrays: 3PAR, MSA, EVA, XP, and LeftHand including the Virtual SAN Appliance.  Details pertaining to the specific array models and firmware/OS technical prerequisites will be are available in SPOCK (Single Point of Connectivity Knowledge for HP Storage Products) shortly now.  Note an HP Passport ID is required to access SPOCK.
  • Fully compatible with the newest version of VMware -- vSphere 5.1

What's new in Storage Control Module for vCenter?

Here's what's new:

 

  • New Web Client Graphical User Interface introduced in vCenter with vSphere 5.1.  The plug-in for the legacy vCenter .Net Client Graphical User Interface remains available in this release.
  • Active management for 3PAR arrays, including the ability to perform storage provisioning operations such as adding a new datastore, deleting or expanding an existing datastore, creating new VMs from a template, and cloning existing VMs.

The HP Insight Control Storage Module for vCenter v.7.1 is now available as a free download from the HP Software Depot so check it out!

 

But before I let you go, if you don't know about the webcast later this week, be sure to read the details I have in my blog post a few days ago.  Also, here's a calendar notice with all the details you need to attend. 

 

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I want to thank Watchitoo.com for being a great partner in helping us bring you the webcast.  If you haven't used Watchitoo before, I think you'll see why I'm so happy to have them as a partner! 

 

One last thing - I'm now managing the HP Storage group on LinkedIn.  The group is open to HP customers, partners, potential customers, and employees.  Shortly after the webinar, I have lots of swag I'll be giving away there so if you haven't already joined the group, do it now!

Comments
nate | ‎10-31-2012 12:23 AM

Hey Calvin quick Q if you know (or maybe someone else knows)

 

I downloaded/installed this thing and pointed it at my 3PAR and it failed to connect.

 

The help is unclear, do I point this thing at the 3PAR directly or at the service processor? I think maybe the service processor but would expect the help to say so. Also most customers don't interact with the service processor so I think it's not the service processor.

 

from the help:

"Enter the following connection parameters for the HP 3PAR InServ Server managing the HP 3PAR storage system you want to add, and then click Next.

Management server host name or IP address

User name

Password"

 

The whole "HP 3PAR InServ Server managing the HP 3PAR storage system" makes no sense, my only guess is that could mean the service processor. But again would expect them to use the term service processor if that was the case.

 

The server and the array are on the same subnet, no firewalls or anything. I even have the 3PAR management tools installed on the same system and of course have no issues connecting with them.

 

There was a PDF that John posted in your previous post that is sort of a HOWTO but it specifically excludes 3PAR in that particular version:

http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetPDF.aspx/4AA1-0290ENW.pdf

 

Can you update your post with a link to some docs ? I sort of expected the downloadable to include docs of some kind but it doesn't appear to.

 

thanks

 

 

nate | ‎10-31-2012 12:25 AM

The only "Documentation" available with the download apparently is the "Terms of use"

 

maybe I'll have more luck with the server end of the insight plugin

nate | ‎10-31-2012 12:34 AM

I found docs for the server end of things

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/unified/infolibraryicv.html

 

But don't see anything for storage.

 

Server end sort of works, I don't think I have my insight control licenses installed (only iLO advanced), I have the keys just never got round to figuring out where I put them. Hopefully I can get some time tomorrow to get that part done.

nate | ‎10-31-2012 12:44 AM

well I saw I had to enable the CIM on 3PAR so I did that and I get one step further and am greeted with a java "NullPointerException" when I try to authenticate :smileyhappy:

 

nate | ‎10-31-2012 12:57 AM

last update for the day (sorry for so many posts), after logging out and logging into the Storage manager tool thing I got it to add the array w/o an error, and I registered the VASA provider in vCenter (though according to the docs I think this doesn't work with 3PAR?), though vCenter insight control says no HP storage arrays detected, well more specifically it says "No HP Storage is configured in the HP insight Plugin"

 

I guess I can open a support case tomorrow if it doesn't fix itself magically  overnight.

| ‎10-31-2012 04:32 AM

Hey Nate - you've been busy.  I'll ask our program manager to take a look at your questions.  I don't know the answer but I'm sure he will.  Stay tuned...

angelo.cavaliere | ‎10-31-2012 02:07 PM

Nate: I manage the HP Storage Product Management team that is responsible for thie vCenter Plug-in.  I have asked Calvin to put us in touch to discuss.

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