Archives for May 2010

New HP ESXi CIM Providers

For those of you using ESXi 4.0 on HP servers, be sure to check out their new CIM providers. The CIM providers communicate hardware health status to the ESXi host and in turn, to vCenter. You can then configure alerts in vCenter to warn you of hardware health problems.

The new CIM providers are enhanced with:

– SAS Provider
– Power Microcontrollers in G5/G6 servers firmware version reporting
– Consolidated status policy
– Shutdown indications
– Automatic Server Recovery Reboot indications
– Power meter
– 1200 Watt Power Supply Registers
– Supports dual domain feature on Smart Array E500, Smart Array P400/400i,Smart Array P800
– Supports the Erasing status feature on Smart Array P410i, Smart Array P411, Smart Array P410, Smart Array P212 , Smart Array P812
– Storage temperature sensors
– IML RecordLog Provider

New Cisco Nexus 1000v 4.0(4)SV1(3)

A few days ago Cisco released a new version of their virtual Nexus 1000v switch, version 4.0(4)SV1(3). You can read the release notes here. Major new features include:

– GUI configuration setup which creates VMware port groups, VLANs, turns on SSH, adds the plug-in to vCenter, and other nifty things.

– ERSPAN Type III support.

– Virtual NAM support. Monitors ERSPAN and NetFlow data sources.

Additional documentation can be found here. Overall, this is a very minor point release, unlike 1(2) which had some major new features.