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HPE OneView 2020: What's new?
HPE OneView offers a simple and straightforward way to manage your infrastructure. Using a comprehensive and clear dashboard, you can efficiently manage or monitor your HPE server infrastructure, but are you taking advantage of the latest features?
There have been several HPE OneView updates during 2020 and the reason for this increase has been the mission to improve product experience and deliver better customer value by providing regular and more frequent releases. However, because of this approach no minor updates are planned for any of the future HPE OneView releases with the exception being for high severity issues.
To help manage this increase, starting with HPE OneView version 5.4 updates are moving to a new ‘milestone’ release process. These releases have enhanced update architecture and are a pre-requisite prior to updating to a following release, so it is extremely important that update paths are followed as you can’t skip milestone releases. More information on this is available in the HPE OneView FAQ, and before running an appliance update remember to check the support matrix and use the HPE OneView Update Readiness Checker to identify anything that might cause the update to fail.
So now that you know about the release cycle changes and the milestone process what new features have been added during 2020? I’m not going to cover everything, and all of the release notes are available in the HPE technical library, but I want to highlight some of what I think are major improvements.
HPE OneView version 5.2
This update brought a great new feature where you can finally place servers into a maintenance state before working on them. This has the effect of disabling email alerts that you might have configured for certain warning or critical conditions. This is in line with our aim to continually reduce the number of noisy alerts received in the activity tracker and, depending on your monitoring setup, this feature could avoid a lot of unwanted email and operational support investigation time.
Another big feature is that with this update Primera storage array support has been added and you can also take advantage of fibre channel direct attach if you have a 3PAR or Primera storage array and don’t need a separate storage fabric. Nimble support was added in version 5.0 so HPE OneView now provides a consistent way to manage and automate storage provisioning across several HPE storage products.
With Synergy, static IP addresses can now be assigned to servers and interconnect bays. This gives Synergy a similar ability to enclosure bay IP addressing on c-Class enclosures.
For Cisco ACI users, there are several feature improvements with one being that configuration changes can now be auto remediated by the HPE OneView Fabric Manager.
For those who use the hypervisor cluster profiles, it’s now possible to delete parts of the configuration from HPE OneView. Previously, the process was a bit nuclear in its operation and removed all the configuration.
For Gen8 and Gen9 servers there are now inventory enhancements and the firmware compliance dashboard reports against Gen9 servers. This dashboard is extremely useful when planning and reviewing firmware baselines and for overall firmware compliance.
More information is now presented in the HPE OneView web interface covering, amongst other things, devices, memory, the running OS, the SSD wear level, NIC and port mapping details and the iLO license type of the server.
There are several firmware management improvements too, for those that use the online or offline firmware features.
HPE OneView version 5.3
Maintenance mode has been enhanced and will now suppress SNMP alerts.
iLO 5 has always had a HTML5 console and iLO 4 received this ability with firmware version 2.70, but now HPE OneView can launch the HTML5 console. This removes the need for console applications with Gen8 and later and potentially makes the whole operation browser based.
Of serious note is that you can now clear locked alerts. These alerts are sometimes ones that should have automatically cleared but instead have stuck around and usually require a support ticket to be raised for a technician with CLI access to clear them. As of this version you can use the REST API interface to clear them.
If you are upgrading from version 5.2 you should get better update progress indications. Instead of just a percentage you should see the task in progress and some estimated timings.
When moving servers around, the time needed to re-apply the server profile has been reduced by not applying the full profile if it was previously applied without error.
A minor irritation with previous versions, but now the main menu can be pinned in place.
Remote support connectivity from your environment to the HPE servers can now be tested.
Also in this version is a technology preview of HPE OneView Analytics powered by HPE Infosight. As it’s a preview you will need to sign up for it, but should you sign up and enable it you will be provided with relevant customer advisories and security bulletins that apply to your infrastructure.
HPE OneView version 5.4
This version is the first of the milestone releases, so you need to follow the update path to get to this version before considering any future updates.
A major point to highlight is that this version will be the last that supports the online migration of c-Class Virtual Connect domains. After this version, c7000 enclosures can still be added for OneView to manage but the process will clear any existing VC configuration. If you plan to migrate existing enclosures into OneView then do not update past this version.
Building further on the maintenance mode ability it’s now possible to select multiple servers. Remember that this can also be scripted.
There is improved visibility of remote support cases and the rack location of the server is now provided in the data sent when a case is generated. In order to have this location populated you need to build your data centre racks up in HPE OneView and allocate the hardware accordingly.
The environment refresh time has been reduced, so you get the ability to manage the infrastructure back quicker.
For Synergy users there have been a few improvements. For those that are upgrading from version 5.3, the update downtime has been greatly reduced because the process now updates the standby Composer module first, so management functions stay available for longer.
The automated remediation process between Cisco ACI and the HPE OneView Fabric Manager has been enhanced and you can now select multiple logical interconnects to update.
With this version the Virtual Connect updates now have a manual orchestration option, so you can further control the update process of modules.
HPE OneView version 5.5
Remember that with this version you can only update to it from version 5.4. You can deploy a new 5.5 appliance, but the update path must be followed for existing deployments.
With this version the VMware Life Cycle Manager is fully supported, via the HPE OneView for VMware vCentre plug-in. You will need to be using version 10.1 of the partner integration and have it configured for the updated HPE OneView appliance, but once connected you will see some extra vCentre menu actions at the cluster level and some options in the Administration menu. Be sure to read the document on the plug-in and the setup requirements, but once configured you can manage the software and hardware lifecycle from vCentre. The server does need to be managed by HPE OneView and be a supported model. For those servers that are supported but not being managed by HPE OneView you can use HPE iLO Amplifier Pack for a similar experience.
The environment refresh time for c-Class enclosures with fibre channel modules has been reduced. Previously, a reboot of HPE OneView would cause a full refresh and it could be quite a while before you can start to manage the environment again. This update greatly reduces the refresh time.
Synergy system board replacements should now result in an easier process. After the hardware has been replaced, HPE OneView usually detects an invalid or null UUID. Normally this would involve some extra work but now instead of a power lock on the slot an alert will be generated so that the correct details can be added.
Also, the HPE OneView Global Dashboard has had a few updates too, so be sure to check it out and take full advantage of the reporting improvements. I’ve mentioned partner integrations already but don’t forget to take a look at the HPE OneView ecosystem.
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So that was a quick run through of some of the features that have been added to HPE OneView during 2020. It’s wasn’t meant to be an exhaustive list and there are plenty of things that I haven’t mentioned, so feel free to explore and if you have any questions about HPE OneView, need more information, or you’d like to pick our brains to discuss anything with our specialists, please get in touch today.
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