HP Insight Control integration with VMware vCenter server announced

Posted by on March 29, 2010 in Tools, vCenter Server, VMware | 3 comments

Today at the HP Storage Day blogger event HP announced the integration of HP Insight Control with VMware vCenter. This raises the bar with whats been available to this point via CIM agents provided by hardware manufacturers. I have listed some of the main bullet points from HP below. My biggest question will be can I manage the RAID adapters inside the hosts with this new plugin?

The HP Insight Control extension for VMware vCenter Server delivers powerful HP hardware management capabilities to virtualization administrators, enabling comprehensive monitoring, remote control and power optimization directly from the vCenter console. In addition, Insight Control delivers robust deployment capabilities and is an integration point for the broader portfolio of infrastructure management, service automation and IT operations solutions available from HP. Key capabilities integrated into the vCenter console include:

  • Combined physical and virtual view: From a single pane of glass, monitor status and performance of virtual machines and the underlying host systems that support them.
  • Integrated troubleshooting: Receive prefailure and failure alerts on HP server components and invoke HP management tools, such as Systems Insight Manager and Onboard Administrator, in-context, directly from the vCenter console
  • Powerful Remote Control: Remotely manage and troubleshoot HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers using HP Integrated Lights Out Advanced capabilities directly from the vCenter console.
  • Proactive power management: Get the most out of your existing power envelope by comprehending and proactively managing power for hosts and pools of virtual machines across hosts

About Brian Suhr

Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design


  1. Dear Brian,

    first of all…. a very happy new year 😉
    Second…. thank you for that Post!

    Third… I would like to know how can I make this tool running for me? I have download the setup Insight Control for vCenter 6.2 2010 611229_004
    And installed it successfully ( that’s what the setup say’s) but when I go to the vClient and try to see the properties of the TAB “HP Insight Software” it say’s “Authorization Required / You must have vCenter Administrator role to access properties”
    I checked togther with VMWare-Support, they say my user which is loged in has the role….
    When I want to see the Host Firmware I get data.
    But I don’t get iLO System Health etc. ….

    What do I have do to do to make it work, thanks in advanced for your help.


    • Hello Dirk,

      Do you have the main SIM or Insight Control server setup to monitor your HP servers. If not this is needed to make the plugin work and get full functionality. I was not able to get mine to work without the SIM console running.

      I plan on retrying again someday in the lab.

      • Hello Brian,

        thanks a lot… last week I could not answer, because I was without any Computer ;-(
        I will try this, but I think it will take some time, because so much other work to do…
        But you will get answer for certain.


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