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HPE OneView 3.0 makes it faster and easier to migrate from Virtual Connect Manager

AlisonGolan

By guest blogger, Fred Bertram, System/Software Engineer, HPE

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I just spent some time at Discover 2016 where HPE announced the latest version of HPE OneView. For those who aren’t familiar with HPE OneView, it’s the HPE information automation engine--built with software-defined intelligence and designed to deploy infrastructure faster, simplify lifecycle operations and increase IT staff productivity.

Throughout the event, the show floor was buzzing with HPE OneView excitement, and a constant crowd surrounded the demos showcasing its added capabilities. Everyone I spoke with loved the new features—the HPE OneView Global Dashboard, integration with HPE Helion CloudSystem 10, HPE Intelligent Management Center (IMC) integration and Virtual Connect migration.

The new Virtual Connect migration feature of HPE OneView 3.0 is the capability I am most excited about. This new feature makes it even easier to transition your Virtual Connect environment to HPE OneView seamlessly.  Parallel migrations can take place up to 4x faster than previous single-file migrations in just a few steps. And, no longer do you need to shut down your HPE BladeSystem c7000 servers before bringing them under HPE OneView management.

In preparation for your migration, your HPE team can help you evaluate your environment with the HPE OneView Readiness Assessment Tool. As the name implies, this tool automatically inspects your enclosures to determine their readiness to move to HPE OneView and prepare for a smooth migration.

Once you’ve installed HPE OneView 3.0 and are ready to migrate, you can easily use the “Add enclosure and migrate Virtual Connect domain” option to transfer your Virtual Connect networks, storage fabrics, server profiles (including profile connections with MACs and WWNs) and other Virtual Connect domain settings into your HPE OneView configuration. By maintaining profile connection addresses through the migration, you avoid network updates and SAN zoning changes resulting from bringing your Virtual Connect infrastructure into HPE OneView.

HPE OneView evaluates the Virtual Connect configuration and reports any warnings or errors that would affect the migration. After resolving these issues, the migration can proceed. With in-service migration, Virtual Connect interconnect modules are activated sequentially. By ensuring that your Virtual Connect domain is configured with redundant connectivity and interconnects, you can avoid connectivity outages during the migration.

In-service migrations take longer than offline migrations because of the sequential interconnect activation process but avoid the need for a service outage because servers remain operational during the migration. By contrast, in-service migrations are quicker but some changes such as applying BIOS or SR-IOV settings will be deferred until the next time each of the servers in the enclosure is rebooted.

Virtual Connect domains managed by Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager (VCEM) can also be migrated into HPE OneView. The only additional step involves removing the domain from VCEM before starting the migration to HPE OneView. Removing the domain from VCEM does not cause any outage or connectivity interruption to the servers. The HPE OneView PowerShell module available for download from github.com allows PowerShell users to further automate the migration including removing the domain from VCEM and migrating it into HPE OneView.

For more information, you can refer to the following HPE technical white papers:
Transitioning a Virtual Connect configuration to HPE OneView
Introduction to HPE OneView concepts for HP Virtual Connect customers

 Alison

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Gabriel Bula

Hello Alison, first i have to say, Thanks for this article about HPE oneview and second do you know if is there a place to download HPE OneView Readiness Assessment Tool since im not able to find it.

Thanks

Gabriel

WhitneyGarcia

Hi Gabriel,

The OneView 3.0 Readiness Assessment tool is available for download both from the HPE OneView Sales Portal and the HPE Partner Ready Portal.  This tool is intended to be used as a service to HPE customers or Partner pre-sales personnel, and is not a customer-facing tool. 

Should you need assistance in determining if your infrastructure is ready to adopt HPE OneView, please contact your partner or HPE account team.

Thanks!

Johnt2

thanks so much ..

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