Manage HPE ProLiant Server and Azure Stack HCI With Windows Admin Center

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Introduction

Windows Admin Center (WAC) is a flexible, locally-deployed, browser-based management platform and solution. It contains core tools for troubleshooting, configuration, management and maintenance for Windows Server, Windows Client, Software-Defined Storage (SDS), Software-Defined Network (SDN), Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Azure Stack HCI, and more.

I wrote several articles so far about managing different services with Windows Admin Center (WAC), you can check them out here.

Recently, HPE released two unique Microsoft Windows Admin Center (WAC) extensions to manage HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers and Azure Stack HCI deployment.

In this quick post, I will share with you how to install and manage your HPE ProLiant servers and Azure Stack HCI deployment with Windows Admin Center.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites are very simple as follows:

  1. You need to make sure you are running Windows Admin Center (WAC) Version 1910 or later.
  2. At the time of this writing, HPE supports Azure Stack HCI management with Windows Admin Center which is deployed either on HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen10 or on HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10.
    • You need of course a working Storage Spaces Direct cluster up and running (Minimum of 2 servers, maximum of 16 servers).
  3. For standalone server management, only HPE Gen10 ProLiant and Synergy servers are supported. Other HPE ProLiant servers are not supported yet.
  4. You need to install HPESysInfoCmdlets v1.3.0.0 or later on each server or node in the cluster.

Manage HPE Azure Stack HCI with WAC

The Azure Stack HCI extension for Windows Admin Center enhances Storage Spaces Direct management with HPE specific hardware (DL360 Gen10 or DL380 Gen10) and software components.

First, make sure you have installed the HPESysInfoCmdlets on each node. Open Windows PowerShell console and run the following command:

Set-PSRepository -Name 'PSGallery' -InstallationPolicy Trusted
Install-Module -Name HPESysInfoCmdlets

Then import the HPESysInfoCmdlets PowerShell module and accept the license.

Next, launch the Windows Admin Center portal and install the hpe.ashci under Settings | Gateway | Extensions | Available extensions. At the time of writing this article, I am running version 0.1.0 of the HPE Azure Stack HCI WAC Extension (Preview).

Finally, restart the Windows Admin Center gateway after installing the extension. Jump to the Windows Admin Center gateway machine and run the following command: Restart-Service -Name ServerManagementGateway -Force -Verbose

Last but not least, launch the Windows Admin Center portal, connect to your Azure Stack HCI under Cluster Manager and enjoy the modern cluster management with HPE ProLiant (DL360/DL380) Gen10 – Overview page.

And here is the view page of the Storage Manager.

Manage HPE ProLiant server with WAC

You can also manage standalone HPE Gen10 servers with Windows Admin Center but this requires a different extension. The HPE ProLiant Server WAC extension enables server health monitoring, hardware and software inventory.

First, make sure you have installed the HPESysInfoCmdlets on each server. Open Windows PowerShell console and run the following commands:

Set-PSRepository -Name 'PSGallery' -InstallationPolicy Trusted
Install-Module -Name HPESysInfoCmdlets

Then import the HPESysInfoCmdlets PowerShell module and accept the license.

Next, launch the Windows Admin Center portal and install the hpe.proliant-server extension under Settings | Gateway | Extensions | Available extensions. At the time of writing this article, I am running version 0.2.0 of the HPE Server WAC Extension (Preview).

Finally, restart the Windows Admin Center gateway after installing the extension. Jump to the Windows Admin Center gateway and run the following command: Restart-Service -Name ServerManagementGateway -Force -Verbose

Last but not least, launch the Windows Admin Center portal, then connect to your server under Server Manager and enjoy the modern server management with HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers – Overview page.

That’s it there you have it.

Summary

With Windows Admin Center, you can manage a large number of OEM hardware. At the time of this writing, the following extensions are available in Windows Admin Center extension feed:

  • DataOn storage.
  • Dell EMC.
  • Fujitsu.
  • HPE ProLiant.
  • Lenovo.
  • NEC.
  • Pure Storage.

The two HPE extensions for Windows Admin Center are in (Preview) today, there are still some known issues (for example, the overview loading time can take several seconds, up to a minute to load), please check the official documentation from HPE here.

Windows Admin Center is a freely available management tool for anyone to use and makes managing a set of servers with or without GUI remotely, very easy, especially for “day-to-day activities”. Download the latest copy of Windows Admin Center from here, deploy it in a failover cluster, and enjoy the modern server management.

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-Charbel Nemnom-

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Charbel Nemnom is a Cloud Architect, ICT Security Expert and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), totally fan of the latest's IT platform solutions, accomplished hands-on technical professional with over 17 years of broad IT Infrastructure experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems. Excellent communicator is adept at identifying business needs and bridging the gap between functional groups and technology to foster targeted and innovative IT project development. Well respected by peers through demonstrating passion for technology and performance improvement. Extensive practical knowledge of complex systems builds, network design, virtualization, and cloud security.

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