vCloud Automation Center vCAC 6.0 – Using Linux Kickstart to Provision to Physical HP Server over iLo

That big ole title pretty much says it all. In this article I’m going to walk through how to deploy RHEL (Centos) Linux onto a Physical HP Server over the iLo interface using Kickstart. When provisioning to Physical servers such as an HP Proliant DL360 there are two methods built into vCAC. One is the use of PXE boot, and the other is via the iLo interface.

There are pro and cons to both PXE and remote mounting an ISO over the iLo interface. PXE has the obvious cons of the network requirements, having a PXE server available and if you want true flexibility you will need to do a little custom work. ISO mount over iLo tend to be a bit slower due to the over head of remote mounting a ISO and the speed of the iLo interface. In this article I will be covering remote mounting an ISO over iLo, but I will be covering PXE is a later article.

What do we need

To start we need the Physical HP server to be racked and cabled up. It’s iLo interface should be configured and licensed, the network interfaces should be cabled in and the switches should be configured for the appropriate Vlans etc. The drives in the server should also be initialized. vCAC will not create any raid groups etc for you, you must do this manually. My examples also requires a web server that can be utilized to store the needed files on the network.

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HP MoonShot – Hardware is catching up with the cloud

HP is taking cloud computing to the next level with their MoonShot servers. Cloud isn’t just software anymore.

Now I don’t know if HP MoonShot can solve all of today’s datacenter issues, but it surely is a start. Moonshot is an interesting concept HP is taking Intel Atom S1260 processors, on a bunch of micro PC sized cards and put them all in one chassis. One MoonShot chassis is capable of housing 45 servers, that’s just incredible. HP is claiming that the MoonShot servers consume 89% less energy than a traditional servers. Considering each of the 45 servers in the chassis are pulling straight DC from the chassis and each individual server is not running an 800W power supply that is only 60% efficient I would think it’s possible. In fact the Moonshot chassis takes 2-4 1200W power supplies that are 94% efficient. Not only are you powering 45 servers with these power supplies, but the chassis also houses two Ethernet switch modules and two uplinks with SFPs.
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