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5 easy steps to deploy a new cluster in with HP OneView’s integration with VMware vCenter

By Guest Steeve Daigle, Product Marketing, HP ConvergedSystem


What really goes on in deploying a new cluster? 

When new VMware compute resources are needed in a cluster, it can involve many manual steps.  Some of them may be partially automated but others may require manually aligning  information from your existing environment to match your target goal.  Here are the steps generally required for adding a new server to a cluster.


  1. Request or manually identify available bare metal server capacity for your new compute needs
  2. Look up existing baseline from one of your VMware cluster reference host (reference) and update enclosure firmware
  3. Configure enclosure settings by logging in Onboard Administrator
  4. Update Virtual Connect firmware
  5. Configure Virtual Connect base settings
  6. Update server firmware
  7. Configure server BIOS based on best practices for supporting an Hypervisor
  8. Configure iLO
  9. Configure SmartArray local storage
  10. Configure Virtual Connect networking , manually match other hosts configuration
  11. In Server Provisioning – Discover bare metals servers, select as target host and align build plan
  12. Deploy ESXi to bare metal server
  13. Configure initial credentials
  14. In VMware vCenter - Add the newly deployed hosts to a cluster
  15. Complete host networking configuration

HP and VMware continue to work together to automate and enhance many of the daily tasks and processes of administrators.  As we described in a recent blog, Finally an integrated tool based on how I work, the process of deploying a cluster through HP’s integration with VMware vCenter and HP OneView is now simplified into 5 easy steps and automation makes it up to 12X faster than before. The Integration with VMware vCenter provides the needed information through a simple wizard.


5 easy steps to deploy a vSphere cluster


1. From your VMware vCenter console, right-click on a target cluster and select grow cluster. This will land your newly created host at the end of the process in this cluster.  If you have configured an HP OneView reference host, it will be used in the process to match the profile and networking configuration at the end. 

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If not, or if the cluster is empty, later in the process you will be given the option of assigning a desired HP OneView profile that will be used in the process.


2. Choose the appropriate workflow, the top workflow requires manual steps at the beginning and the end.  The HP OneView optimized workflow at the bottom will automate the full process by applying the HP OneView profile. 

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This process automates the initial configuration of the server, deploys the ESXi host and configures Virtual Connect networking at the end to match the applied profile.


3. Target bare metal hosts are presented, and you can select one or multiple servers, assign a build plan and, if your cluster is empty or if you do not have a reference host assigned, select a target HP OneView profile.

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4. Initial host account and networking configuration will need to be provided for each new ESXi host being created. Static networking or DHCP information can be provided.

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5. Validate actions and when ready, click Finish to start the process.

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So what really happens in the background?


First, HP OneView uses the reference profile or assigned one to configure the enclosure and server. It deploys the SPP baseline to update all the firmware and configures the BIOS based on a pre-defined template, initially set up by the HP OneView domain expert reflecting an appropriate and reusable configuration optimized for a VMware environment.  


Once this is completed, the plug-in engages Server Provisioning to deploy the selected ESXi image in the wizard portion of this process.  When deployment is complete, initial networking and credentials are set, and the host or hosts are added to the target cluster.


Finally, with the information from the HP OneView wizard, the Virtual Connect profile is used to configure the host networking of each newly deployed ESXi servers, and networks and vLANs are created and assigned.


Because HP OneView automates these tasks, deployment can be up to 12 times faster. Built-in best practices also reduce human error and role-based collaboration makes processes serial and repeatable.  “The integration of HP OneView with VMware vCenter is another important step of our journey to deliver the software-defined data center to our joint customers,” said Jon Schulz, VMware Technical Partner Manager. “The ability to quickly deploy VMware vSphere clusters is just one of the many benefits enabled by this solution.”


Stay tuned for a blog next week that dives under the hood of HP OneView.  Until then, experience the HP OneView integration with VMware vCenter Server.




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