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HP BL685c - ProLiant - 4 GB RAM Introduction Manual

Hp server automation complements hp insight control to manage hp bladesystem servers.
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HP Server Automation complements HP Insight Control to
manage HP BladeSystem servers
Introduction......................................................................................................................................... 3
HP BladeSystem................................................................................................................................... 3
Virtual Connect ................................................................................................................................ 3
HP Insight Control ................................................................................................................................ 4
Deploy............................................................................................................................................ 4
HP Server Migration Pack - Universal Edition .................................................................................. 4
HP Rapid Deployment Pack ........................................................................................................... 5
Monitor........................................................................................................................................... 5
HP Systems Insight Manager.......................................................................................................... 5
HP BladeSystem Integrated Manager .............................................................................................. 5
HP Performance Management Pack ................................................................................................ 5
System Management Homepage.................................................................................................... 6
Control ........................................................................................................................................... 6
HP Integrated Lights-Out Remote Management ................................................................................. 6
Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager ............................................................................................... 6
Protect ............................................................................................................................................ 6
Service Essentials Remote Support Pack........................................................................................... 6
Vulnerability and Patch Management Pack ...................................................................................... 7
Optimize......................................................................................................................................... 7
HP Insight Power Manager ............................................................................................................ 7
HP Virtual Machine Mangement Pack ............................................................................................. 7
Integrate ......................................................................................................................................... 7
Enterprise Management Integration Solutions................................................................................... 7
HP Server Automation .......................................................................................................................... 8
Baseline .......................................................................................................................................... 8
Change and configuration management ............................................................................................. 9
Compliance management ................................................................................................................. 9
Upgrade and provision..................................................................................................................... 9
Process automation .......................................................................................................................... 9
Using Insight Control and Server Automation together............................................................................ 10
Managing with Insight Control and Server Automation: Examples ........................................................... 11
Example 1: Solving a CPU performance problem............................................................................... 12

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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    HP Server Automation complements HP Insight Control to manage HP BladeSystem servers Introduction............................3 HP BladeSystem........................... 3 Virtual Connect ..........................3 HP Insight Control ..........................4 Deploy............................4 HP Server Migration Pack – Universal Edition .................. 4 HP Rapid Deployment Pack ......................5 Monitor............................
  • Page 2 Event and health monitoring ......................12 Performance Management Pack ....................13 Software compliance ........................14 Example 2: Solving a cooling problem ..................... 15 BladeSystem visualization......................15 Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager ..................... 16 Server Automation Compliance Check ..................17 Example 3: Server consolidation...................... 18 Planning and analysis .........................
  • Page 3: Introduction

    Introduction In the world of racked, stacked, and wired computing, you can spend up to 80% of your IT budget running the systems compared to the 20% you spend to acquire the systems. The HP BladeSystem environment improves this ratio by making it easy to manage many systems through a consolidated infrastructure.
  • Page 4: Hp Insight Control

    address conflicts. Group-based configuration can streamline enclosure administration across your organization. HP Insight Control HP Insight Control offers a set of capabilities that simplify the management of HP BladeSystem server blades, covering the entire server lifecycle from deployment to integration. HP Insight Control is a family of products that delivers improved control, flexibility and cost savings for your ProLiant and BladeSystem infrastructure.
  • Page 5: Hp Rapid Deployment Pack

    HP Rapid Deployment Pack Rapid Deployment Pack is a server deployment solution that facilitates the installation, configuration, and deployment of high volumes of HP servers using either scripting or imaging technology. It can deploy Windows or Linux images to ProLiant or Integrity servers. Server configuration time is reduced dramatically, making it possible to scale server deployments to high volumes in rapid fashion.
  • Page 6: System Management Homepage

    building or existing performance bottleneck issue. This information can be interactively displayed, logged to a database for later analysis or reporting, and configured to send proactive notification using the HP SIM notification mechanism. System Management Homepage HP System Management Homepage is a web-based interface that consolidates and simplifies the management of individual HP ProLiant and HP Integrity servers.
  • Page 7: Vulnerability And Patch Management Pack

    system. The Service Essentials Remote Support Pack ships at no additional charge with ProLiant and Proliant server blades and is part of the Insight Control Environment and Insight Control Environment for BladeSystem. Vulnerability and Patch Management Pack Vulnerability and Patch Management Pack (VPM), offered exclusively through the Insight Control Enviroment suites, automates the detection of security vulnerabilities and provides actionable advice for problem resolution.
  • Page 8: Hp Server Automation

    HP Server Automation Server Automation software provides the depth and breadth of capabilities you need to manage day- to-day IT operations across servers and applications. It is enterprise software that provides automation capabilities for operating system and application provisioning, patching, configuration management, audit and compliance, reporting, and a host of other IT operations.
  • Page 9: Change And Configuration Management

    Change and configuration management Without automation, IT activities such as application and patch installation can consume countless hours of your administrator’s time. Beginning with initial provisioning, Server Automation supports operating system and application provisioning, as individual tasks or as one sequence. Policies created to manage best practices for operating system and software configurations can be defined by subject matter experts.
  • Page 10: Using Insight Control And Server Automation Together

    Figure 3: Data center automation center Business Service Automation Business Service Automation ITSM ITSM Operations Orchestration Operations Orchestration Operations Orchestration Live Network Live Network Provisioning & Provisioning & IT Teams IT Teams IT Teams Discovery Discovery IT Systems IT Systems IT Systems Scaling Scaling...
  • Page 11: Managing With Insight Control And Server Automation: Examples

    Table 1: Key features of Insight Control and Server Automation Insight Server Feature Control Automation Deploy Network and storage connection configuration Operating system deployment System configuration Application deployment Monitor Enclosure visualization Fault management Performance / resource utilization Power utilization System Inventory Contract and warranty data Control Remote control (without operating system)
  • Page 12: Example 1: Solving A Cpu Performance Problem

    Example 1: Solving a CPU performance problem Keeping hundreds or thousands of server blades running on an ongoing basis would be difficult without automation tools. These automation tools can manage large numbers of servers from a single console. Insight Control and Server Automation reduce the effort required to do this. In general, Insight Control monitors, manages, and controls the server hardware, and Server Automation monitors the software configuration compliance, yielding a complete picture.
  • Page 13: Performance Management Pack

    Figure 4: HP SIM health monitoring Performance Management Pack Seeing that the PF (performance) column for this server is showing a warning state, the system administrator clicks the icon to view PMP. PMP shows real-time performance graphs of a number of measures and generates reports that summarize performance over time.
  • Page 14: Software Compliance

    Figure 5: Performance Management Pack—Online analysis Software compliance Server Automation has a powerful automation engine that supports the creation of policies to define the software installation and configuration standards for a data center, a view showing which systems are out of compliance, and remediation to restore the correct configuration. The Compliance Dashboard, illustrated in Figure 6, shows at a glance if the servers are in compliance with configured policies.
  • Page 15: Example 2: Solving A Cooling Problem

    problem, a higher level of database logging was manually turned on overnight and accidentally left on. The system administrator clicks Remediate to change the settings back to those established in the Software Policy for the application. Figure 6: HP Server Automation Compliance Dashboard As a final step, the system administrator looks at the PMP performance graph to verify that the CPU is returning to expected levels.
  • Page 16: Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager

    Figure 7: HP BladeSystem Integrated Manager Enclosure View One server blade in the enclosure is part of a performance sensitive, mission-critical Oracle RAC database. Not finding an obvious cause for the excessive temperature, the administrator decides to use an available server blade in another enclosure to add a server to the database cluster to ensure adequate performance and redundancy while the administrator investigates the problem.
  • Page 17: Server Automation Compliance Check

    Figure 8: Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager Server connection profiles specify the specific network and storage connections, including boot settings that a server blade will use. Unlike traditional network connections, Virtual Connect server connection profiles are assigned to an enclosure bay and not tied to individual server hardware, which means that servers can be replaced or upgraded and the network connections for the enclosure remain constant.
  • Page 18: Example 3: Server Consolidation

    Figure 9: HP Server Automation: Per Server Compliance View Now that the performance and availability of the database cluster is assured, the administrator can further investigate the underlying problem. After verifying various server hardware logs and verifying the temperature in the data center, the administrator goes into the data center to investigate the issue. The administrator finds that boxes are covering the cooling vents that supply cool air to the server blades.
  • Page 19: Planning And Analysis

    system to both local and SAN-based boot drives. Applications are installed consistently through Server Automation software policies. Planning and analysis During the Planning and Analysis phase, the system administrator must understand the hardware, software, and performance characteristics of the current systems. The inventory reports in HP SIM show detailed information about the hardware in use;...
  • Page 20: Performance Management Pack

    Performance Management Pack When planning a migration, you must understand the performance characteristics of the current systems. In addition to the real-time graphs, the administrator uses PMP to generate reports that summarize performance over time (Figure 11). PMP integrates with HP SIM to give a complete picture of server operation.
  • Page 21: Hardware Setup

    Figure 12: Sample software policy in Server Automation Hardware setup Virtual Connect Enterprise Manager The movement of large numbers of servers would normally be done in phases. With Virtual Connect technology, you can prewire all enclosures to designated LAN and SAN addresses at the same time with minimal physical cabling, resulting in lower costs and more efficient use of the network and storage administrators’...
  • Page 22: Server Automation-software Policies

    Figure 13: Rapid Deployment Pack Server Automation—Software policies The system administrator is almost finished with platform setup. All that remains is to install the applications. Server Automation provisioning automates the time-consuming process of installing software on managed servers. A software policy encapsulates all steps necessary to install, configure, and run an application.
  • Page 23: Conclusion

    Figure 14: Server Automation software remediation With the new server blades installed and provisioned by a joint use of Insight Control and Server Automation, the server blades are ready to be moved into production, where they are monitored by HP SIM and Server Automation. Conclusion HP leads the industry in providing solutions for managing IT infrastructure at all levels, from applications and services to infrastructure components such as clients, networks, servers, and storage.
  • Page 24: For More Information

    HP Server Automation: http://www.hp.com/go/hpsa © 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.

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