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HPE Smart Update Tools for VMware ESXi - Installing SUT

SUT for ESXi installation requirements

SUT for ESXi requires the following:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux

  • Network ports

    • Port to HPE One View: 80

    • Port to vCenter: 443

    • SUM ports

    • Port to iLO of managed servers: 80

Red Hat Enterprise Linux packages:

  • core utils

    Locations:

    • rm

    • chmod

    • shutdown

    • df

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SUT installation restrictions

SUT manages ESXi hosts in one of the following combinations:

  • One HPE OneView with multiple vCenters.

  • One vCenter with multiple HPE OneViews.

    SUT for ESXi does not run directly on the host. SUT runs remotely on a separate VM or server. Configure the SUT instance to communicate with HPE OneView and one ESXi host.

NOTE: Do not install SUT for VMware ESXi on the same server managed by HPE OneView. This might cause SUT to stop working when SUT updates firmware.

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Installing SUT with the SUM GUI

Use the SUM CLI, CLI with input file, and interactive CLI modes to install SUT.

Install SUT on a server that is managed by a different HPE OneView instance.

Procedure

  1. Launch SUM in GUI mode.

  2. On the Baseline Library screen, add a baseline, and then map to the directory that contains the configured SUT components.

  3. On the Nodes Library screen, add the nodes where user is installing SUT and assign the baseline with the SUT components.

  4. On the Nodes Library screen, perform inventory on the nodes where user is installing SUT.

  5. Install the components.

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Verifying SUT installation

Procedure

  1. Issue the following command on the host.

    sutesxi -status

    If SUT is installed, the system displays SUT settings. For example, mode and baseline version.

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Configuring SUT for VMware ESXi

Use the command line to configure the following parameters after installing SUT. These parameters allow SUT to retrieve the firmware profile details from HPE OneView and use the OATH token from vCenter server to gain credentialless access to the ESXi host.

SUT can then perform firmware and operating system driver updates.

  • vcenterhost

  • vcenterusername

  • vcenterpassword

  • managementhost

  • managementhostusername

  • managementhostpassword

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Setting the staging directory

If user do not want to use the default SUT staging directory, issue a set parameter to assign the staging directory.

Procedure

  1. Open a command-line window.

  2. Enter the command sutesxi /set stagingdirectory=<directory_path>.

    SUT creates a backup configuration file that SUT can use in future sessions.

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Reinstalling SUT with the smart update manager GUI

Reinstall SUT with SUM and overwrite the currently installed version of SUT. Reinstall SUT to change the configuration for multiple ESXi hosts at the same time.

Prerequisites

  • Directory with SUT components configured.

Procedure

  1. Launch SUM in GUI mode.

  2. On the Baseline Library screen, add a baseline, and then map to the directory that contains the configured SUT components.

  3. On the Nodes Library screen, add the nodes where user is installing SUM and assign the baseline with the SUT components.

  4. On the Nodes Library screen, perform inventory on the nodes where user is installing SUT.

  5. Install the components. Use the Advanced Deployment mode and Force the component updates.

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Issuing SUT commands

SUT command-line basics

The following example is the basic SUT syntax.

sutesxi -
[command] (Linux).

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Changing the SUT mode

Prerequisites

  • SUT installed on the server.

Procedure

  1. Open a command line on the server.

  2. Issue the set parameter.

    sutesxi -set mode=[mode_type}

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