[German]Brief note for users of HPE servers running VMware ESXi 6.5 Update 3 with a custom image. I just came across a problem report that there are problems with the custom image.
ESXi 6.5 Update 3 HPE Custom
VMware ESXi is a bare-metal hypervisor, i.e. a minimal operating system that can be installed directly on your physical server. Then virtual machines can be installed on the server.
For HP servers (ProLiant), customized VMware ESXi-ISO files are offered for installation. These include all necessary drivers and management software to run ESXi on HPE servers. In addition, according to this HP announcement, this customized installation should work seamlessly with Intelligent Provisioning.
Warning, there are issues
It is currently only a single voice – I did not find any further hits during a short search. On administrator.de you can find this German article where a user describes his experiences.
I had an unpleasant encounter with the ESXI 6.5 Update 3 HPE Custom.
A clean install on two differently configured ML350 Gen10 will cause the management interface to stop responding about 2 minutes after boot-up. Neither via the WebUI, nor via the console via F2 (also not via Alt F1). You can only shut down or restart the server via F12.
Firmware is always “up-to-date” at the level of HP SPP 2019.03 (2019.06 has not yet been released). On 6.5 U2 HPE Custom the servers run normally.
Within my German blog post, other users also confirmed issues with ESXi 6.5 on HPE hardware. Anyone else who works with this constellation and has had similar experiences?
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