In order to add enclosures and start managing your environment you should start by design and configure the different kind of “enclosure block” you need.
Enclosure block are way to manage your enclosures with ease and uniformness across your environment. This way it’s much quicker to deploy new enclosure or changing the purpose of exist enclosure (for example enclosure that was connected to your DC network and now you want to reconfigure to your DMZ network, typically you need to configure manually the trunks, VLANs, and assign ports, this is prone to mistakes and time consuming).
Let’s begin with HP networking terminology –
- Network = VLAN
- Network Set = collection of networks (VLANS), you assign this to server profiles.
- Uplink Set = configuration of the uplink port, basically a trunk, uplink set can be Ethernet of Fibre. (Shared uplink set in Virtual connect terminology), you assign this to enclosure uplink ports.
You should start by creating “Networks”, go to networks and select “+Create network”
Give a unique and easy to understand name for that network, note that you can chose from different pre-defined “Purpose” – I have no idea what this mean right now. Also configure the bandwidth and Smart Link.
After creating your VLANs… sorry – networks, let’s create the network sets.
Creating the network sets.
Go to Networking > Network Sets.
Click “+ Create network set” to create new network set.
Give this network set a name, configure network bandwidth and click the “Add networks”.
(I added another VLAN (106), I know this is not a best practice to use the same trunk for vMotion and ESX MNG but this is test enclosure so it will be fine for this example. )
Add your network to the network set.
After adding all the relevant networks you will see the network set with all networks, click Create to finish.
Creating Logical Interconnect Groups
Interconnect groups are the way to configure your enclosure interconnect bays.
Let’s create a new Logical Interconnect Group –
Select the “+Create logical interconnect group”, Give it a name, and add Interconnects devices. In my example I will use HP VC Flex-10/10D Module.
Now add uplink set, Select the “Add uplink set” and give it a name, chose Ethernet and add networks, then you need to assign them to ports.
After clicking create you will see the uplink set and port assign visually which is very nice!
There is more setting to configure in the interconnect group, just scroll down.
You can configure Interconnect Settings, SNMP, Trap Forwarding and SNMP Access.
For now I will keep the default setting and click “Create”
Adding enclosure to OneView
Let’s start with the requirement to add enclosure,
No VC domain!
- HP Virtual Connect – 3.15 for adding, 4.10 for managing.
- HP BladeSystem Onboard Administrator – 3.0 for adding, 4.01 for managing.
- HP iLO 4 – 1.01 for adding 1.30 for managing.
- HP iLO 3 – 1.20 for adding, 1.61 for managing.
- It’s recommended to update OA, VC and servers to the latest SPP…
- Emulex Converged Network Adapters – 4.2.401.6 or later
OneView can automatic update the firmware for you, I advise to update manually before adding to OneView.
First you need to create Enclosure Group, go to “Enclosure Groups”, select “+Create enclosure group” type the name of the enclosure group and select the relevant Logical interconnect group.
Let’s add enclosure!!!
Go to “Enclosures” and click “+Add enclosure”.
Type the DNS name or IP of the OA, then username and password, select enclosure group and licensing, you can also select a firmware baseline, note that OneView come with SPP 2013.09.0.
After adding the enclosure you will see that OneView collecting the enclosure information and configure it to OneView.
After few minutes the enclosure information will be visible
That’s basically it.
You can go to the enclosure OA and see that it’s now in VC Domain Name: OneViewDomain.
The Virtual Connect Manager will redirect you to OneView.
Thanks for reading, hope that was informative for you.