Wednesday, April 28, 2010

How HP Insight Control suite for Microsoft System Center integrates with Microsoft System Center Suite

Customers who are using Microsoft System center suite which comprises mainly of four products i.e. System Center Configuration manager, System Center Operations manager, System Center Virtual machine manager and System Center Data protection manager can now leverage Hp insight control suite for system center to to deploy, monitor and control their server infrastructure from almost anywhere. With this first release of the HP Insight Control suite for System Center, HP delivers Operating System Deployment (OSD) capability, Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO), enhanced inventory, the HP Server Updates Catalog, an ILO Advanced license, licenses for HP Insight Power Manager and Performance Management Pack, and HP specific management packs for System Center Operations Manager to optimize deployment, virtualization and configuration of HP servers being managed by Microsoft System Center. However HP ICE for System center does not integrates or adds any functionality for system center Data protection manager.

HP ICE for System center provides proliant server deployment functionality which enables system center configuration manager [SCCM] administrator to configure proliant server bios settings, bios boot order and ILO configuration from the SCCM console using a task sequence and then same task sequence can be advertised with OS image and settings resulting into deployment of bare proliant server using a truly zero touch deployment method. That means you purchase the proliant box and place it in the datacenter and rest everything can be managed via system center consoles. HP ICE for System center adds HP specific capabilities for deployment of proliant servers.

Along with operating system image deployment you can also integrate driver packages or proliant support pack along with other 3rd party software packages or Microsoft software like Exchange 2007 or different operating system roles like DHCP/DNS etc. so that once server is deploys it’s up to date with all patches and software requirements. Within SCCM console you can run inventory reports which will capture hardware inventory from proliant servers.

You can directly manage and control your proliant and blade servers using system center operations manager by installing proliant server management pack and blade system management pack respectively. However at this point of time management of HP integrity servers and VMware host servers from SCOM is not supported.

Hope you find this information useful and check here to learn more on Insight control for Microsoft system center.


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