I've just received an off-lease DL380 (G3) machine. It's up and running in CentOS 5.3 now, and seems to work great... But I'm wondering what people using these machines recommend for updates / firmware / monitoring. I'm mostly a "whitebox" guy with limited experience with Dell's OpenManage, but his HP stuff is all foreign to me. Any pointers for dummies?
A problem you will run into is the HP packages really arent designed well for CentOS.
In certain cases, you'll have to fake your config files so the system reads as a RedHat distro.. not CentOS... usually you can do this easily by replacing the /etc/redhat-release file... but if this is for dedicated servers and such.. you may end up confusing customers.
Their software also installs a crap ton of processes which will run on the server.
The easiest way to install all the tools is to:
1) Perform initial OS installation
2) Fake system to display as a Red Hat Enterprise Linux distro.
3) Install Proliant Support Pack: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...40d594b84f88de
4) Do any other necessary upgrades.
I faked the machine into thinking it's on RHEL5, and have the Proliant Support Pack installed. What I can't figure out is how I'm supposed to configure iLo. I doubt if the machine (obviously second-hand) has the advanced license, but the basic one should be usable without it, right? Do I have to drop into the BIOS to set it up, or is there a Support Pack utility? I can't find a way to do either, and the documentation is confusing me even more!
I got tired of so much crap from PSP running on my HPs I stopped using all their tools. I do seem to remember them having CLI tools as well. But, it's often easier to just do the primary configuration while the system is booting up.
The HP Diagnostics webserver n stuff is spiffy for a few times... after that I didn't see the point.
HP tends to break as much stuff as they fix in each PSP release... so some things which maybe should be there didn't install correctly. And then, sometimes when you upgrade your kernel n stuff it all breaks again :p