Wow just stumbled into this one today as I was dreading having to reboot my ESXi 4.1 boxes just to see a few new local disks.
Apparently you can install hpacucli in ESXi very easily, and whats even better is that you can install it directly on a datastore and use the install on any host that has access to that datastore. No need to reinstall on each and every host in your cluster. No need to reboot to configure your disks.
Anyway here is the link to the how to, its obviously written by a Windows Guy, but it works easy enough.
Update: Apparently HP now provides an official version of hpacucli for ESXi 5 as part of HP ESXi Utilities Offline Bundle for VMware ESXi 5.0.
Also note that I found that my HP servers with the P400 card did not detect the new logical drives, even after a rescan. Apparently a reboot is required. However my HP boxes with the P410 card did detect the new logical drives after a rescan and no reboot was required.
Its not unheard of that an HP ILO (Integrated Lights Out) can become sick and slow down to a crawl. When this occurs, a restart of the ILO is in order, which is easily accomplished via the ILO cli interface. Note that you need to make sure that that you have enabled ssh access in ilo.
The steps to reset an ilo via ssh are below.
</>hpiLO-> cd /map1 status=0 status_tag=COMMAND COMPLETED
The HP Systems management homepage is a web based utility for managing and monitoring Proliant Servers. It can be installed via the ProLiant Support Pack DVD (on linux its just an rpm). Once installed you can modify the default settings via the perl script, hpSMHSetup.pl located in /usr/local/hp.
To access your server's homepage navigate to https://<yourhostname>:2381 in your browser. You must include the https:// part of the url. Use your root user and password to access.
From the homepage you can monitor system, subsystems and status views of your server. Any critical, major, minor, or warning alerts will appear in the Overall Status Summary.
If you are having issues with your HP server and were thinking about calling support, you might as well put down the phone. Seems to me that their default first step of troubleshooting is to advise you to upgrade to the latest firmware.
According to HP support these were both release just a couple of days ago. Links are below. Firmware DVD is just that, firmware. Smart Start is drivers and diagnostics.
Hpacucli is the a command line Array Configuration Utility program for Smart Array Controllers and RAID Array Controllers. The command can be installed in one of two ways; either by standalone rpm, or as part of the Proliant Support Pack. The utility is useful as it allows you to create and delete raid configs without having to reboot.
First run the hpacucli command to start the utility. Once the utility is started run the command below to show your arrays and disks.
=> ctrl all show config
In my case I had added 3 additonal drives to a DL385 G1 with the intention of creating a simple raid1 mirror with a hot spare. The command below creates the second array, array B.