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VMM on ESX

Kevin Everts_1
Regular Advisor

VMM on ESX

I installed VMM on my ESX server and deployed a license to it. SIM said it deployed the license correctly but when I try to view the VMM info, it says it isn't licensed. If I manage my licenses, it doesn't show it was deployed either. But if I redeploy it, it says a key is already present on the system. How do I get this working?

Also, should SIM show my server as a DL585 or a LINUX?
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Derek_56
Valued Contributor

Re: VMM on ESX

Kevin,

SIM should show your server as ProLiant DL585, not simply LINUX. Although I have not used the VMM yet, I've had the same issue discovering our hosts in SIM. Make sure that your SNMP strings in the snmpd.conf file on the hosts are using the fully qualified domain name for your SIM server (or it's FQDN DNS alias.) I would fix your discovery issue on the hosts before proceding with troubleshooting the VMM issue.

Hope this helps,

-Derek
MsCindy
Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

Kevin,

There are four steps that must be performed in order to use the VMM.
1. Discover Virtual Machine Hosts
2. Install OpenSSH
3. Deploy the VMM Agent to the Host
4. Apply VMM License

You didn't mention that you installed the OpenSSH so that may be the problem.
The link below may be of assistance.
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00498345/c00498345.pdf
Good luck!
Kevin Everts_1
Regular Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

Ok, I got snmp working correctly. I'm still having problems with VMM.

Do I need to install openssh on ESX server? It already has an SSH server on it and it is installed.

I also noticed that if I look at the "Manage Keys", while it says there are 0 seats used, if I select the key, it shows my VMM server as having the key.

Any idea's? Should I call HP?
Derek_56
Valued Contributor

Re: VMM on ESX

Kevin,

You can use ESX's OpenSSH client, you just need to import the key on the CMS (SIM server.) Use the command line utility, mxagentconfig command to do this. The syntax will differ if you are on SIM 5.x vs. SIM 4.x.

-Derek
Kevin Everts_1
Regular Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

I imported the keys using "mxagentconfig -a -n esxserver -u hpsim -p hpsimpassword". I have SIM 5.0 and it said the registration was successfull. I also used the FQDN.
Kevin Everts_1
Regular Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

I just called HP and they were absolutely no help. They just told me to call VMWare. I know it isn't a VMWare problem though.The software is installed it the stupid licensing that isn't working. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Is there a better number at HP to call for support? I tried the 1-800-HP-INVENT but it didn't have an option for VMM and when I finally got someone, they sent me to the Proliant server support.
Scott_278
Valued Contributor

Re: VMM on ESX

Did you register the ESX server? Configure - Virtual Machine Host Registration - Register VM Host?
Kevin Everts_1
Regular Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

Yes, I registered it.
Scott_278
Valued Contributor

Re: VMM on ESX

Do you have other VMM licenses available for deployment? Is it possible you deployed another license to this same server at a different time?
Kevin Everts_1
Regular Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

I do have other licenses available and while trying to get this to work, I have deployed multiple licenses to the same machine.
Scott_278
Valued Contributor

Re: VMM on ESX

Aha...you are not going to be pleased.

I have had an open case on this for over four months now. When I first attempted to manage an ESX server, I did the steps in the wrong order and wound up in the exact same situation as you are now.

What they keep telling me is that there is no way to "retract" a license once it is deployed. I kept asking if there was some license file sitting on the ESX server that I could simply delete, or some registry key or something on the CMS to get rid of so I could deploy the same license. They kept saying "No".

The only way I could get around it was to get another license key from HP. Just last week they sent me a brand new 11-pack license so I could get it working again.

Then just the other day I was informed that the issue was finally identified, and that they are looking to fix it in the next release of VMM.

What I was told is that you can apply multiple licenses to a single machine if they are from different license packs. In my case, each license pack consisted of a single license, and I had deployed multiple licenses to the same ESX server just like you have. As I said before, my only workaroud at this point has been to get new license keys from HP. They have not indicated whether the "fix" in the new VMM will resolve my existing license issue, or if I simply need to move on with the new licenses.

I forgot my case number, but I am attempting to retrieve it and will post it so you can reference it if you want to call in for new license packs.
Scott_278
Valued Contributor

Re: VMM on ESX

My case number is 3212392802.
NEETI TOLIA
Frequent Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

Hi Scott and Kevin,

I dont understand what do you mean when you said wrong order of steps?

You can deploy license or deploy agent in order you want. Only thing required is that you need to identify the ESX box correctly in SIM.

Can you please confirm
1. What version of Insight managment agent for ESX are you using?

2. What version of VMM AND SIM are you using?
NEETI TOLIA
Frequent Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

Hi,

As I understand the following steps are already followed on this particular case

1. Mxagentconfig is run (dont have to install open ssh on ESX box)
2. ESX management agents are installed and SNMP setup is done. SIM is not identifying the ESX box correctly with all required information in all systems page.
3. VMM agent deployed on the VM host (this would also register the host as part of deployment process)
4. License key deployed.

This is the right sequence of licensing the VMM host but in this case maybe 1 and 2 were done after 3 and 4 (order of 3 and 4 does not matter), is this true? What is the version of VMM ? Is it VMM 2.0.2? You can find info from HPSIM -> Help -> about HPSIM


Also this case is different from the one that Scott is referring to where the problem was that the Host which was once licensed showed as unlicensed after the SNMP settings were modified. This issue would be taken care if you install VMM 2.0.2 , you dont need to deploy new keys.
Kevin Everts_1
Regular Advisor

Re: VMM on ESX

I fixed my issue by removing and reinstalling SIM. The previous install of SIM was updated/upgraded many times so I think something just got confused.