HP SIM is the foundation for HP's unified server-storage management strategy. It
provides simplified, centralized management of multiple servers and platforms
through a Web-based, unified ("single-pane-of-glass") interface. HP SIM provides
the basic tools needed to identify, discover, monitor, and deploy systems and
other assets on the network. The core HP SIM software uses WBEM to deliver
essential capabilities required to manage HP server platforms.
HP SIM running on a Microsoft Windows ProLiant server
supports provisioning of OpenVMS on HP Integrity rx3600, rx6600, rx2800 i2 servers and on HP Integrity BL8x0c i2, BL860c, BL870c server blades.
An OpenVMS plug-in must
be installed on the Windows ProLiant server;
instructions are included in the Downloads
To provide provisioning over a network, HP SIM can be used in conjunction with
the InfoServer software utility and TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS. In this case,
you create a service for a bootable image of OpenVMS (a container file) stored
at a location on the network accessible to the InfoServer. The OpenVMS
InfoServer utility serves for provisioning in much the same way as does the HP
Ignite-UX server for provisioning HP-UX on Integrity servers. Using HP SIM with
the InfoServer, you can provision multiple servers (up to eight) simultaneously.
Alternatively, you can use HP SIM with vMedia, in which case you create an ISO
image of the OpenVMS OE DVD, store the image on the server where HP SIM is
running, and use HP SIM to connect vMedia to that image. Using vMedia, you can
provision one server at a time. You can also use vMedia independently of HP SIM
to install or upgrade a server over the network.