vSphere 6.5 on HPE servers operate

in many companies is placed on HPE server, vSphere 6.5 to set up and to build a local virtualization infrastructure. During installation care should be taken however, that a suitable installation image is used. Only then, it is ensured that all necessary drivers are integrated to run vSphere 6.5/ESXi 6.5 stable and performant on HPE servers.

the installation files for ESXi hosts are available as ISO available . However, the standard images contain no optimized drivers from server manufacturers such as for example HPE. The wizard-based installation is generally quickly completed. However, companies wanting to productively use vSphere hypervisor, should rely on compatible hardware and especially on installation images that contain the appropriate drivers. A VMware compatibility list makes available. Yet drivers are necessary for the installation this must be included before the installation in the installation media. Unfortunately the new version to add yet no opportunity during the driver installation offers as for example, when the installation of Windows servers.

customized installation image for vSphere 6.5 download vSphere 6.5 on HPE servers to operate, is the best way to download the customized installation image for HPE Server VMware . To download a registration with a VMware account is possible. Generally is also possible to update 2 vSphere 6.5 already installed server with vSphere 6.0. After downloading the ISO file of the customized vSphere 6.5 image this image can either via a USB stick to install used, burned on CD, or are distributed with the Update Manager.

administrators who prefer to want to create your own ISO file with customized drivers, can download on the driver side of the HPE server the necessary drivers for vSphere 6.5. As an example, Gen9 Server of HPE ProLiant ML30 are various drivers for VMware vSphere 6.5 available. “

 HPE vSphere 6.5 available provides for its Server drivers for VMware (screenshot: Thomas Joos). HPE vSphere 6.5 available provides for its Server drivers for VMware (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

that is necessary serial number to download of the driver as a sticker on the server chassis.

ESXi 6.5 by USB stick install

administrators can store the installation files of vSphere hypervisor (ESXi) 6.5 on a USB stick. This is especially useful if a DVD drive in the server is installed. It’s easiest to do this to use the free tool Rufus . Rufus must not be installed, but is also a portable version available. How to create a boot device for ESXi 6.5 is quite simple:

  1. first Rufus is a portable version downloaded and started. The computer has an Internet connection, can be checked after the start, if a newer version exists.
  2. as soon as Rufus is started, drive is selected in the box first the USB stick, to be used for the installation.
  3. then clicked on the icon of the tools for “Startfähiges drive create with” and selected the customized HPE ISO file of ESXi 6.5.
  4. for partition scheme should be used “GPT”.
  5. you can remain the file system “FAT32”.
  6. on request can still customize the settings at “Allocation unit size”, but this is not necessary.
  7. by clicking on “Start” is the USB flash drive is created. As soon as the stick is, it is on the server vSphere 6.5 with all necessary HPE drivers. “

 with the free tool Rufus will install installation disk for vSphere/ESXi 6.5, for HPE-Server (screenshot: Thomas Joos). with the free tool Rufus will install installation disk for vSphere/ESXi 6.5, for HPE-Server (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

for the installation of VMware vSphere 6.5 is not necessary to wait for it from the console of the server and the monitor to perform

installation with iLO. Even without expensive add-on tools, HPE-ProLiant servers over the network can be managed. This feature also vSphere 6.5 can be installed.

manage the server with iLO management (standard) can be, intelligent provisioning (standard), iLO Essentials (optional), iLO scale (optional) and iLO advanced (optional). The management of the new server via ILO4 . To an ILO4 chip is already installed in the entry level model. This allows a control over the network, including the installation of the operating system. An ILO4 Essentials license is required in order to carry out a complete management of the operating system remotely. The installation can be carried out but also with the free component.

to install vSphere 6.5 a remote session is established. This is the necessary IP address that indicates the server to start the boot process top right, as well as the credentials for iLO. The registration data is located on a sticker located on the server. Who vSphere 6.5 do not remotely install, can skip this section. The configuration of the RAID controller and the installation of the operating system is how to configure the conventional screen.

 when you start the iLO network interface already receives an IP address from a DHCP server on the network. when you start the iLO network interface already receives an IP address from a DHCP server on the network. With the IP address, a remote administration of the server can perform (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

the connection to the server is via the browser and the URL] https://[19459028ThecredentialsmustbeenteredintheloginwindowLocatedonastickerthatisplacedontheserver AfterthattheiLOWebinterfaceopens

to establish a remote session to the server, clicked on the link for “Integrated Remote Console”. On Windows machines is the use of “the easiest .NET. Then, the wizard loads the necessary data and opens the remote console. With this you can do, also the installation of vSphere 6.5 all tasks on the server. While an automatic separation of the server installation, if iLO is unlicensed. A renewed connection can fail but at any time in this case, the installation of vSphere is not affected by.

RAID system prepare

before of installing an operating system must prepare integrated RAID controller and the RAID on the server. This task may be performed in the iLO remote console. This is pressed at the start of the F9 on the keyboard as soon as the selection menu appears. In the article “ HPE ProLiant ML30: installing Windows Server 2016 ” we have already described the operations.

installation of vSphere 6.5 do when starting of the iLO or directly to the console server installation on one can perform USB stick. To do this, this is connected with the server and then prepared for the installation of vSphere 6.5.

is the hard drive during installation or the USB flash drive selected to be installed on the ESXi 6.5. Before installing, you must enable the virtualization capabilities of the CPU in the BIOS/UEFI. In addition, all functions in the BIOS/UEFI should be disabled, which may affect the processor clock or the speed of the server. The customized HPE ISO file for installing ESXi 6.5 should be selected for the installation. In these files, the specific driver for the server are already integrated.

while installing the wizard detects, if on the hard drive already system files from other operating systems or vsphere. In the wizard, you can perform even overwriting the files. “

 while installing the hard drive is selected, on vSphere 6.5 should be installed (screenshot: Thomas Joos). while installing the hard drive is selected, on vSphere 6.5 should be installed (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

the wizard detects also if the predecessor system files are already installed. Administrators have the option to overwrite the existing version. As part of the installation is also selected, which drive the epoxyn esxi is scheduled. Then follows the selection of keyboard layouts and the password for the root user. Administrators require this user when they log on to the server, or you want to connect the server vCenter. Once all settings have been made, the installation you can use the F11 key perform.

when the installation is complete, the screen, or the iLO console shows the status page of the server. Information to the server are at the top, at the bottom, see the IP address and other information to the server. With the F2 key, the local management interface of the server can start, with F12, the server is shut down or restarted in the console. “

 for vSphere on screen can install, or be adapted with iLO (screenshot: Thomas Joos). for vSphere on screen can install, or be adapted with iLO (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

updates for vSphere 6.5 download and install

on HPE servers when VMware provides updates for vSphere 6.5 available, these are VMware download portal in available. The updates are compatible for all servers, even for HPE server. To update the desired product is selected to be upgraded. You will be provided as a zip file. After downloading the ZIP archive on the vSphere host is loaded, to be updated. To do this, the Web client can be used either to the server, or WinSCP . The Web client is in vSphere 6.5 even before connecting to vCenter available. [CalledtheclientviatheURL:https://. To copy

6.5 the ZIP file on the vSphere host

is clicked in the Web client memory and then click data .  By right clicking on the data store, the option is available browse available. On the upload icon top right can be uploaded update esxi 6.5 in the data store. The address can a certificate warning appears in the browser https:// called and accepted the certificate. Then can the file be uploaded. “

 updates for vSphere 6.5 can download in the new Web client on the host (screenshot: Thomas Joos). updates for vSphere 6.5 can download in the new Web client on the host (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

by clicking on host is in the client at the top to see the exact version of the host. After a major update has been installed, this number will be changed. So, you can after the update check if it worked.

in general care should be taken, that identical versions should be used in environments with multiple vSphere hosts indefinitely. Of course quite different ESXi versions can be used during the period of the upgrade, but for performance, stability and efficient management, it is better if you are the latest versions and brought all the hosts on the latest. VMware integrated not only bug fixes in the updates, but also new features in the Web client or generally in vSphere 6.5.

 In the vSphere client, administrators at the top of the console detect the exact version of the installed host. In the vSphere client, administrators at the top of the console detect the exact version of the installed host.

upgrade from 6.5 vSphere hosts with SSH

as soon as the upload the ZIP archive is complete, the update can be installed. For example SSH can be used. Updating of hosts is performed in this case through a SSH console. To do this, for example the free opensource client can be used PuTTY .  By default, SSH access to vSphere hosts is disabled for safety reasons and must be activated for a short time for the update. After the update has been performed, SSH should be deactivated again on the hosts.

to enable SSH for the update, the Web client is used.  The host is already connected, to vCenter settings about how to configure and system from the menu are found security profile . At the top of the enabled services on the server can be found. The “SSH” service can be activated by clicking on “Services” in the middle of the window, and then click edit . Over the button start can be set that the service is started. The host is not on yet vCenter linked, starting the service ‘TSM-SSH’ from the menu is VerwaltenDienste . Once SSH is launched, PuTTY will open. After entering the IP address of the host, and selecting “SSH”, is to log on to the host. The registration must be carried out without an error message.

 to installed updates via SSH, a sign in PuTTY (screenshot: Thomas Joos). to installed updates via SSH, a sign in PuTTY (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

before the update is performed, the VMs should be transferred to the host via vMotion to another host. Then server should be put in maintenance mode. This can be done for example in vCenter via the context menu of the host. The update takes place directly after installing vSphere 6.5 this is not necessary.

upgrade of vSphere and check

the next step is that the host is updated. To do this, the PuTTY connection and the local root user is used. The update is done with the command

esxcli software vib update d / vmfs/volumes / /

in which the command must be attention paid to the upper – and lowercase. “ update” option, the configuration of the server remains available. Also manually customized driver are not overwritten during this upgrade. “

 a 6.5 HPE-vSphere host update (screenshot: Thomas Joos). a 6.5 HPE-vSphere host update (screenshot: Thomas Joos).

the option is instead “ install ” used, overrides the update also some previously configured areas. The update can take several minutes depending on the size of the patch of. The status can be seen in the window. Then, the host of the Web client can be restarted. After reboot the new version in the Web client should be checked and made sure, that the SSH service for safety reasons was stopped.

conclusion

current HPE ProLiant server generation 9 support easily vSphere 6.5. VMware offers customized installation images together with HPE, used optimally for the installation or upgrade of vSphere hosts are including support for RAID controllers used in HPE servers. However if these installation images not always to the latest version, so it should be downloaded and installed on the server after the installation of the basic version to VMware. The appropriate body to do so via the new Web client in vSphere 6.5. The Windows client is no longer supported.

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