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Hyper-V deployment in 5 easy steps with HP OneView for Microsoft System Center

By Guest blogger Doug de Werd, Product Marketing, HP Converged Systems

 

It’s now easier (and faster) than ever to deploy new Hyper-V hosts – just 5 steps.

 

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) provides the core ability to deploy new Hyper-V hosts, but there’s a lot more to the story than just getting Hyper-V installed. The new HP OneView for Microsoft System Center plug-in automates deployment of Hyper-V clusters and makes many other routine tasks far easier and faster. A picture is worth a thousand words, so we developed this video to help you see for yourself.

 

You can click here to watch the demo and also read on to learn the details.

 

Deploying Hyper-V Hosts

 

MSFT Systems Center blog_graphic 1.pngEven though some of the configuration steps can be partially automated, there’s a lot of manual configuration that needs to be done to deploy a cluster. Here’s an overview of the steps needed to create a new Hyper-V host:

  1. Manual steps for each server
    1. Update server firmware
    2. Configure BIOS
    3. Configure iLO
    4. Configure Smart Array
  1. In SCVMM, launch the wizard to add Hyper-V hosts
    1. Select credentials
    2. Set discovery scope
    3. Select servers
    4. Select host groups and profiles
    5. Perform deep server discovery
    6. Configure server names and network
    7. Deploy Hyper-V to bare metal server
  1. Configure SCVMM Virtual Switches
  2. Assign IP addresses
  3. Complete host networking, Virtual Connect, and storage configuration

 

The Benefits of Virtualization + Automation

 

HP has drastically simplified the process of deploying new Hyper-V hosts through HP’s integration with SCVMM and HP OneView. In just 5 easy steps, SCVMM and HP OneView work in concert with each other to provide the automation that makes Hyper-V deployment up to 15X faster* than before. The integration with SCVMM provides the needed information through a simple wizard.

 

Here’s a look at the new Add Capacity wizard that provides the integration of HP OneView, Virtual Connect, HP Storage and SCVMM for deploying new hosts.

 

From your SCVMM console, launch the HP Fabric Management Add-in. From the HP menu, go to Configured Fabric Managers, and then select Deploy Server(s) based upon the HP OneView appliance that will be managing the new servers.

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Select the profiles and servers to deploy. This correlates the SCVMM physical computer profile with an HP OneView server profile. A list of available servers that meet both of the profile requirements is presented.

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Match the HP OneView uplink ports with the SCVMM network adapters. These settings have been defined in the profiles that were selected in the previous step. You can drag and drop connections to make sure they are configured properly. This ensures that all of the servers being deployed will have identical network configuration.

 

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Input the computer names and optional network configuration. If static IP addresses have been configured in the SCVMM profile, then they can be customized here. For DHCP configurations, no additional settings are required.

 

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Confirm the settings and start provisioning. You have an opportunity to review each setting before continuing.

 

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An automated workflow now begins. The progress can be viewed in the SCVMM Jobs pane. Here’s what happens.

 

First, HP OneView applies the server profile that was assigned to the selected servers. This will configure firmware baselines, BIOS, Virtual Connect network connections, and shared SAN storage for 3PAR.  

 

Once this is complete, the workflow launches the SCVMM Hyper-V deployment process.  This has been simplified by having HP OneView manage server power and discovery, eliminating the additional steps of managing iLO credentials and performing deep (and time consuming) discovery via SCVMM. When Hyper-V deployment is complete, the host networking is configured. This is done through the correlated match up of the SCVMM and HP OneView profiles that were selected. The shared 3PAR SAN storage is also available for use.

 

Because HP OneView automates these tasks, deployment can be up to 15X faster*. Built-in best practices also reduce human error and role-based collaboration makes processes serial and repeatable.  

 

* Based on HP internal testing as of April, 2014 comparing HP One View v1.10 vs. traditional HP and Microsoft management tools

 

Join me for a live webinar on August 27: HP OneView for Microsoft System Center. You can register here.

 

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Regards,

 

Doug

 

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