HPE iLO 5 New Features

HPE iLO 5 Update

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iLO5 is now over a year old and quietly HPE have implemented some nice enhancements. Let me describe some of the new features.

With iLO Firmware 1.40 the “iLO Advanced Premium Security” licensed features moved to the “iLO Advanced” license. So, the iLO ASPE License have gone.

To get all the following new features, the update of iLO Firmware alone is not enough. You need some more updates. Here is an overview, that works for me:

Firmware versions

Security Dashboard

The Security Dashboard collects some security settings and displays an overview of the security status. Most systems will now display a red warning.

Server security status
You can set the first three to ignore and it goes to yellow.


To get the green status the only way is to change the required to minimum.

Virtual NIC

Now, take a look at Security > Access Settings > iLO
You will find a new entry: “Virtual NIC”

ILO virtual NIC
What happens if you enable it? Example on Windows (support for Windows 2016, 2019, SLES 12, 15, RHEL 7.6). The OS will detect a new NIC and this NIC will get a fixed IP address: 16.1.15.1 (this an HPE reserved IP)

rtual NIC ILO device manager
This IP is internal only to the Server and does not go outside.
Now you are able to connect to the iLO with this fixed IP address.

Why would you need to do this?
– If you need access to the iLO and have no iLO network connection
– If you need access to the iLO and don’t want to Install the iLO OS driver

When not to use this feature. I have had some trouble when setting up a Windows Cluster and the cluster detected this NIC.

Update Service Settings

Scroll Down to Security > Access Settings > Update Service

Update service settings

This prevents a firmware downgrade to an compromised version.
Attention: permanently means for ever, there is no way to go back.

Intelligent System Tuning

The Performance Monitoring show some historical performance data.

Threshold Alerts
On the bottom page you can set Threshold Alerts. The Workload Performance Advisor compares the historical performance and recommends BIOS settings to enhance the performance.

secure erase ILO

Secure Erase

At the end the best. This has been a customer request for some time to secure erase the complete system. This would be useful If for example you want to resell you old server or have reached the end of your lease and need to wipe the whole system.

Start Intelligent Provisioning


If needed, skip the “First Time Wizard” > Perform Maintenance

HPE ILO Secure erase
Here it is, the “One-button secure erase.”

It not only deletes the volume, it:
– Resets the server to factory defaults
– Wipes the NAND (all ILO settings, logs)
– Erases all secondary storage
– Is compliant to NIST 800-88r1
O.K., this are the main new Features, thanks’ for reading.

Armin

Updating ProLiant Servers with HPE SUM

HPE SUM (Smart Update Manager) can be used to quickly update ProLiant hosts. This is a central console that will allow you to scan your ProLiant hosts, recommends updates and then apply them with little interaction.  This is far quicker than doing it manually and ensures that the correct packages are applied in the right order. The procedure to use HPE SUM is as follows

1 Download SPP ( Service Pack for ProLiant).  This contains not only all the patches you will need but also SUM (Smart Update Manager)

2 Once you have downloaded SPP run the ISO, when mounted you will need to run the launch_hpsum batch file.  Chose to run as Administrator

3 When started HPE SUM will appear in a web browser.  The home screen shows options to update the local server, add a baseline and to add remote nodes.

First we will add the baseline, From the drop down menu choose baseline library, add baseline , in the location field location If you are using SPP set the baseline path to CD Drive letter:\packages

4 Next we need to add the servers we wish to patch. Once you are in the Nodes screen choose, Add Node you will then see the following screen.  At a minimum you will need to fill out

  • IP Address / Hostname
  • Node type – Windows, ESX etc
  • Baseline to apply – If you are using SPP set the baseline path to CD Drive letter:\packages
  • Credentials

5 When you click on a host it will say checking / installing perquisites . Once that is complete you will get the option to perform an inventory

Select the baseline you created earlier

6 When the inventory is complete you will see the option to review and deploy updates

In the next screen choose the updates you wish to apply

HPE Primera

HPE Discover – Multiple new storage systems unveiled

Today at HPE Discover a large number of storage announcements where made, including some new product lines.

HPE Primera

HPE Primera

This is a brand new storage system from HPE aimed at the high end. I asked the product manager about the heritage of the system, if it was 3PAR or Nimble based and they advised that it was a new from the ground up system combining the best of both. Primera starts in a two node configuration available as all flash and hybrid, it can scale to 4 nodes capable of delivering 1.5 million IOPs. The influence from the 3PAR and Nimble family is obvious in the feature set and key capabilities being marketed.

Like 3PAR today the Primera system is based on an active active design with all data striped across all components in order to maximise performance and resiliency.

InfoSight

InfoSight which was originally developed by Nimble is used extensively in conjunction with Primera. InfoSight is described by HPE as providing global intelligence “Powered with the most advanced AI for infrastructure”.  This is essentially describing that InfoSight will be gathering data from the entire install base and using machine learning to identify any potential issues or improvements and inform users.  HPE estimate that 90% of issues are non-storage related, InfoSight is able to discover potential issues beyond the storage layer to enable a complete wrap around to infrastructure services.

HPE Primera features

Primera is powered by a modular OS which means that software components of the system are decoup.  Today planning an upgrade to a storage system is a major undertaking with an all or nothing decision of either do or don’t upgrade.  The new modular design has decoupled data services allowing individual services to be updated. This new design should allow safer updates with fewer reboots and allow a more agile route to updates and deployment which should in turn enhance innovation and willingness to apply updates.

Possibly the most surprising aspect of the new system is that HPE are guaranteeing 100% availability.  This guarantee is available on all Primera systems without qualification, it seems this is enabled not only by HPE’s confidence in the new system but again because of the Intelligence that InfoSight will give them. This will ensure that customers systems are configured are correctly , any issues are remediated before they occur and if appropriate fixes rolled out to other customers.  Primera has been developed to be simple even though it is an advanced high end system with time to deployment estimated at 20 minutes.

SimpliVity Updates

The SimpliVity hyper-converged platform received some new models and enhancements also

  • InfoSight – Now works with SimpliVity. Similar to other implementations this make proactive health recommendations and other insights beyond the storage layer for example into noisy VMs
  • Archive node – This is a new 2U hardware offering that contains a mixture of HD and SSD disks. The node is intended as the name suggests for longer term storage
  • SimpliVity 325 – This is a new model in the range that takes on a 1U form factor. This dense format is intended for environments where space is at a premium

Nimble Storage dHCI

This is again a brand new system from HPE, it is a Hyper-converged product that enables you to scale storage and compute separately. The system is designed for simplicity in 5 clicks the entire stack is setup and ready for vCenter.

Simplicity of HCI flexibility of converged

I think this latest batch of updates show a significant engineering effort and understanding towards the requirements of todays datacentre customers who want flexibility, simplicity and performance.

Stay tuned for more information on the new announcements. Any questions let me know and I will try to find out the answer.

Further Reading

Primera – HPE Storage Blog

HPE Storage dHCI – HPE Storage Blog

Meet HPE Primera

Video – Primera Chalk Talk

Looking inside the HPE Primera array’s internals