Software Delivery Repository - vibsdepot

(aka HPE Online Depot)

compatible HPE bundles for VMware® Image Builder, Update Manager and ESXCLI


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Getting Started

Vibsdepot contains the complete set of HPE value-add and HPE and 3rd party device driver components for each release of the HPE Customized VMware image. See the vibsdepot Content section for more information about these components. Vibsdepot is designed to support direct user and VMware tool access to all these components, subsets of these components and the individual components. This guide will help you get the most from vibsdepot.



Use Cases

Essentially there are three major use cases for accessing vibsdepot, as shown in the following figure:


vibsdepot Use Cases


A. Use vibsdepot directly with VMware tools, such as VUM, ESXCLI or ImageBuilder command extensions to PowerCLI
B. Use vibsdepot to create a local depot
C. Use vibsdepot to browse and download individual bundles

For more details on how to deploy and update VMware vSphere, refer to the Deploying and Updating vSphere on ProLiant Servers (PDF 879KB) white paper.



A. Using vibsdepot with VMware tools

For each of the use cases, the following URLs can be used:

       - Use URL "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index.xml" to reference all the latest HPE value-add included in the HPE Custom Image from

         all the releases (for VUM)

       - Use URL "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index-drv.xml" to reference all the latest HPE and 3rd party device drivers included in the HPE

         Custom Image from all the releases (for VUM)

       - Use URL "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index-pcli.xml" to reference specific versions for HPE value-add bundles, HPE and 3rd party

         drivers for any specific releases included in the HPE Custom Image (for vSphere PowerCLI)

       - Use URL "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index-ecli-<os version>.xml" to reference specific versions for HPE value-add bundles, HPE

         and 3rd party drivers for any specific releases included in the HPE Custom Image (for vSphere PowerCLI and ESXCLI)

       - Use URL "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpe/<release date>/index.xml" or "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpq/<release date>/index.xml"

         to reference all the HPE value-add in the HPE Custom Image for the specified release

       - Use URL "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpe/<release date>/index-drv.xml" or "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpq/<release date>/index-drv.xml"

         to reference all HPE and 3rd party device drivers included in an HPE Custom VMware image for the specified release


A1. Using vibsdepot with VUM

Using vibsdepot with VUM

       1: Add the desired URLs to VUM as a Download Source link

       2: Request VUM to download from the source

            Create baselines to include the desired components

       3: Install/update a server with the baseline


A2. Using vibsdepot with ESXCLI

Using vibsdepot with ESXCLI

       - "install" will overwrite existing packages with those specified in the URL, including installing new packages, removing old ones and

           potentially downgrading existing packages

       - "update" will only update installed packages with new ones specified in the URL

       - The esxcli commands can be run on a remote server with the ESXCLI commands installed and access to the ESXi host, or they can

          be run directly on the ESXi host


A3. Using vibsdepot with Image Builder

Using vibsdepot with Image Builder

       1: Use PowerCLI commands to start with a base image profile

           Use Add-EsxSoftwareDepot PowerCLI commands to add the HPE value-add and HPE and 3rd party drivers to the profile

              e.g. Add-EsxSoftwareDepot <path_to_bundles>

           Use New-EsxImageProfile to create a new profile and Add-EsxSoftwarePackage PowerCLI command to add the desired packages

              e.g. New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile <OldImageProfile> -Name <NewImageProfile>

              e.g. Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile <NewImageProfile> -SoftwarePackage <PackageName>

       2: Use the Export-ESXImageProfile to export the profile as a zip or ISO

              e.g. Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile <NewImageProfile> -ExportToBundle -FilePath <ZIPName>

              e.g. Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile <NewImageProfile> -ExportToSIO -FilePath <ISOName>


B. Using vibsdepot to create a local offline bundle depot

*** Note *** HPE recommends that customers create an internal offline bundle depot that can be customized and qualified before performing updates and other operations by simply downloading the offline bundle directories from a vibsdepot release directory.


The "Downloads" link on the top panel will allow you to directory browse and download. Download desired offline bundles from "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpe/<release date>" or "http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpq/<release date>" to your local offline bundle depot. See the table in the next section for an explanation of the file structure. See the vibsdepot vibsdepot Content section for more information about the bundles.


C. Use vibsdepot to browse and download individual bundles

You can use vibsdepot to browse and download individual bundles using the Download link on the home page. Downloading individual bundles means you need to know exactly what to download to ensure you get the right version of the right bundle. To help you find the bundles, the table below shows the directory layout of the vibsdepot content as seen when selecting the Download link and describes the naming convention for the directories and bundles. See the vibsdepot Content section for more information about the bundles.


Directory Location Description
index.xml Index file to use as the link to the depot with VMware Update Manager (VUM) to reference the HPE value-add bundles for all releases
index-drv.xml Index file to use as the link to the depot with VMware Update Manager (VUM) to reference the HPE and 3rd party drivers for all releases starting with Feb 2014
index-pcli.xml Index file to use as the link to the depot with VMware vSphere PowerCLI (Image Builder) commands to reference specific versions for HPE value-add bundles, HPE and 3rd party drivers for any specific releases starting with Feb 2014 (e.g. Get-EsxSoftwarePackage -newest -version "*600*" -name "hpsa")
*** Note *** cannot be used to reference only the newest/latest versions of all or specific OSes (e.g. Get-EsxSoftwarePackage –newest)
index-ecli-<os version>.xml Index file to use as the link to the depot with ESXCLI commands to reference the HPE value-add bundles, HPE and 3rd party drivers for all releases starting with Feb 2014. <os version> is the OS version, ie: 500, 510, 550, 600, 650, etc.
*** Note *** can be used with Image Builder to reference only the newest/latest versions for a specifc OS release (e.g. Get-EsxSoftwarePackage –newest)
hpe/ HPE Downloads Top level directory
  <release date>/ Directory that contains the bundles and index files for the release on that date where <release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: dec2015
      esxi<os version>-bundles/ Directory that contains the bundles for the HPE value-add software included in the HPE Custom Image for the OS release version where <os version> is the OS version, ie: 500, 510, 550, 600, 650, etc.
      esxi<os version>-devicedrivers/ Directory that contains the bundles for the HPE and 3rd party drivers included in the HPE Custom Image for the OS release version where <os version> is the OS version, ie: 500, 510, 550, 600, 650, etc.
      index.xml Index file to use as the link to the depot with VUM or Image Builder commands to reference the HPE value-add bundles for this release.
      index-drv.xml Index file to use as the link to the depot with VUM or Image Builder commands to reference the HPE and 3rd party drivers for this release. New for Feb 2014 and future releases.
hpq/ HP Downloads Top level directory
  <release date>/ Directory that contains the bundles and index files for the release on that date where <release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: feb2014
      esxi<os version>-bundles/ Directory that contains the bundles for the HP value-add software included in the HP Custom Image for the OS release version where <os version> is the OS version, ie: 500, 510, 550, 600, 650, etc.
      esxi<os version>-devicedrivers/ Directory that contains the bundles for the HP and 3rd party drivers included in the HP Custom Image for the OS release version where <os version> is the OS version, ie: 500, 510, 550, 600, 650, etc.
      index.xml Index file to use as the link to the depot with VUM or Image Builder commands to reference the HP value-add bundles for this release.
      index-drv.xml Index file to use as the link to the depot with VUM or Image Builder commands to reference the HP and 3rd party drivers for this release. New for Feb 2014 and future releases.
  <release date>-550/ Directory that contains the bundles and index files for the vSphere 5.5 release on that date where <release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: Feb2014-550. Starting with the Jun2014 release, all OS releases are under the same <release date> directory.
  documents/ Directory containing some of the documents referenced in the vibsdepot Welcome page.
  SNIA/ Directory containing the HPE CIM Provider and the HPE Agentless Management Service the source code FcHbaApi.c and FcHbaApi.h which are slightly modified versions of the open-source code HBAAPI.c and HBAAPI.h (covered by SNIA License).
  HP-StoreVirtual/ Directory containing offline bundles for HPE Store Virtual products.
  recipes/ Directory containing all versions of the recipe document.
      archive/ Directory for recipes that reference versions of the SPP that are no longer supported.
  SmartComponents/ Legacy directory where VMware online firmware update SmartComponents were available prior to VMware vSphere OS support in the SPP. All components are now delivered via the SPP.


vibsdepot Content

List of the bundles and other content that is available from vibsdepot. Use the following URLs to add HPE Value-Add components and HPE and 3rd party device drivers to VUM, or to add them to an Image Profile on VMware vSphere PowerCLI, or install them using ESXCLI.


http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index.xml

 - latest HPE Value-Add components (for VUM)


http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpe/<release date>/index.xml or http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpq/<release date>/index.xml

 - latest HPE Value-Add components for a specific release


http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index-drv.xml

 - latest HPE and 3rd party device drivers used in the HPE Custom Image (for VUM)


http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpe/<release date>/index-drv.xml or http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpq/<release date>/index-drv.xml

 - latest HPE and 3rd party device drivers used in the HPE Custom Image for a specific release


http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index-pcli.xml

 - specific versions for HPE Value-Add bundles, HPE and 3rd party device drivers for any specific releases included in the

   HPE Custom Image (for vSphere PowerCLI)


http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/index-ecli-<os version>.xml

 - specific versions for HPE Value-Add bundles, HPE and 3rd party device drivers for any specific releases included in the

   HPE Custom Image (for vSphere PowerCLI and ESXCLI)



Content Description Download Location
HPE ESXi 5.x Complete bundle Includes all the HPE Value-Add components from all the individual bundles. Available only when using the above listed HPE Value-Add URLs in VUM
HPE ESXi 5.x Management Providers bundle Full HPE CIM providers and the Agentless Management Service. http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/<hpe or hpq>/<release date>/esxi-<OS abrev>-bundles/<hpe or hp>-esxi<OS version>uX-bundle-<bundle version>.zip

<release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: Feb2014 or Feb2014-550

<OS abrev> format is majorminorupdate, where minorupdate could be "x", ie: 5x, 510

<OS version> format is major.minor

<bundle version> format is major.minor.update.build

HPE ESXi 5.x Utilities bundle ESXCLI utilities such as HPBOOTCFG (boot order configuration),HPONCFG (remote iLO configuration) and HPACUCLI or HPSSACLI (Smart Array reporting and configuration).Versions 1.5 and later also includes HPTESTEVENT (Test Event Utility). http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/<hpe or hpq>/<release date>/esxi-<OS abrev>-bundles/<hpe or hp>-HPUtil-esxi<OS version>uX-bundle-<bundle version>.zip

<release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: Feb2014 or Feb2014-550

<OS abrev>; format is majorminorupdate, where minorupdate could be "x", ie: 5x, 510

<OS version> format is major.minor

<bundle version> format is major.minor.update.build

HPE ESXi 5.x NMI bundle Non Maskable Interrupt (NMI) driver. It is used in HPE Proliant G7 and earlier server models to trigger the System ROM to source the NMI error that has occured and log the event to the Insight Management Log (IML). http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/<hpe or hpq>/<release date>/esxi-<OS abrev>-bundles/<hpe or hp>-nmi-esxi<OS version>uX-bundle-<bundle version>.zip

<release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: Feb2014 or Feb2014-550

<OS abrev> format is majorminorupdate, where minorupdate could be "x", ie: 5x, 510

<OS version> format is major.minor

<bundle version> format is major.minor.update.build

HPE Agentless Management Service Offline Bundle Agentless Management Service (AMS) and the Limited HPE CIM providers (only what is required for vCenter display of Smart Array, DIMM state and iLO information). AMS provides support for Agentless Management and Active Health. Agentless Management Service provides a wider range of server information (e.g. OS type and version, installed applications, IP addresses) allowing customers to complement hardware management with OS information and alerting. Agentless Management provides Integrated Lights Out (iLO) based robust management without the complexity of OS-based agents. Active Health provides 24x7 mission control for servers, delivering maximum uptime through automated monitoring, diagnostics and alerting. http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/<hpe or hpq>/<release date>/esxi-<OS abrev>-bundles/ams-esxi<OS version>uX-bundle-<bundle version>.zip

<release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: Feb2014 or Feb2014-550

<OS abrev> format is majorminorupdate, where minorupdate could be "x", ie: 5x, 510

<OS version> format is major.minor

<bundle version> format is major.minor.update.build

HPE and 3rd party Device Drivers as used in the HPE Customized VMware images Available as individual downloadable packages containing the HPE and 3rd party driver offline bundles. Starting with the Feb 2014 release, these are also available as a single driver bundle per custom image. A single bundle with all drivers is available only when using the above listed HPE and 3rd party driver URLs in VUM or ESXCLI.

http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/<hpe or hpq>/<release date>/esxi-<OS abrev>-devicedrivers/

<release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: Feb2014 or Feb2014-550

<OS abrev> format is majorminorupdate, where minorupdate could be "x", ie: 5x, 510

Current ProLiant Server and option firmware and driver version recipe The current version of the recipe document that specifies the versions of firmware, and software that are recommended for use with VMware vSphere 5.x OS releases in conjunction with the most recent HPE Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpq/recipes/HPE-VMware-Recipe.pdf
All ProLiant Server and option firmware and driver version recipes All ProLiant Server and option firmware and driver version recipes http://vibsdepot.hpe.com/hpq/recipes/<release date>VMwareRecipe<SPP>_<version>.pdf

<release date> is the MonthYear of the release, ie: Feb2014

<SPP> is the version of the SPP referenced by this recipe, ie: SPP201402

<version> format is major.minor, ie: 10.1