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DL560 GEN8 and vmWare

 
Tiaan-Wessels
Occasional Visitor

DL560 GEN8 and vmWare

Hi,

 

How can I establish 100% for sure prior to procuring that the following h/w configuration of a DL560 GEN8 will all be compatible with vmWare vSphere ESXi 5.5 without any suprises come install time ?

 

- Ethernet 1Gb 4-port 331FLR

- Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 530FLR-SFP+

- Smart Array P420i/2Gb FBWC storage controller

 

The vmWare h/w compatibility site itself does list the DL560 GEN8 as compatible but it says nothing about the specific configured components inside e.g. the NICs and RAID as above

 

Thanks

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viniciof
Valued Contributor

Re: DL560 GEN8 and vmWare

Hello  Tiaan,

 

As per HP's documentation, in the support Matrix shows 5.5 is compatible with the server with som esceptions:

 

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/vmware/supportmatrix/hpvmware.html#note5_5

 

(4) Successful installation of the VMware operating system requires either the HP custom ESXi image or an OS image can be created with VMware's ImageBuilder application that has, at minimum, appropriate device drivers to support the boot controller and at least one network device in the server. A list of drivers included in the HP Custom Image is available here.

(6) Supports HP ESXi Offline Bundle for VMware vSphere 5.5 version 1.5 and forward

(11) Includes support for the Intel® Xeon® E5-4600 v2

(13) Supports HP ESXi Offline Bundle for VMware vSphere 5.5 version 1.6 and forward

 

A specific list of drivers included in the HP iso could be found here so you can check wich devices (embeeded or PCI's) are supported:

 

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/software/vmware-esxi/driver_version.html

 

These are like a "coomon" HP devices so drivers are included in the image but if you're going to use like FC HBA's firt verify that HP (included in the iso or with an offline bundle) or vmWare provided such drivers fo that specific device.

 

- Ethernet 1Gb 4-port 331FLR

- Ethernet 10Gb 2-port 530FLR-SFP+

- Smart Array P420i/2Gb FBWC storage controller

 

You should use the HP iso, it can be downloaded here:

 

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=HP-ESXI-5.5.0-GA-19SEP2013&productId=351

 

rgds,
vf

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