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VMware: Install HP NMI Sourcing Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1

VMware introduced the capability to register for NMI events in ESX/ESXi 4.1 kernel.

HP is providing the HP NMI Driver (hpnmi) that will work with ESX/ESXi 4.1 kernel to log NMI info to HP Integrated Management Log (IML). Also ESX 4.1 kernel halts the server with PSOD – “Panic requested by 3rd party NMI handlers” to capture a kernel crash dump on panic after an NMI event is received.

If ESX/ESXi 4.1 does not have the HP NMI driver installed and in the event of a hardware fault, HP ProLiant systems may not shutdown due to the NMI event. The NMI event will be logged in the kernel logs and the system will continue execution.

Installation:

esxupdate –bundle=hp-nmi-bundle-1.1.02.zip update

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  1. DuseSarse
    March 12th, 2011  (Quote) at 14:27  (Quote) | #1

    Hm, never installed this agent before. I’ll test

  2. getoks
    March 14th, 2011  (Quote) at 11:47  (Quote) | #2

    What are the benefits?

  3. Gunnar
    April 7th, 2011  (Quote) at 11:07  (Quote) | #3

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!

  4. Selva
    August 15th, 2011  (Quote) at 15:22  (Quote) | #4

    I installed this same hp-nmi-driver in 4.1 but it breaks the online server bios update with the below error, this happens for all HP hardwares:

    [root@xxxx tmp]# ./CP008662.scexe
    Online ROM Flash Engine Version: Linux-3.2.1-0
    Name: HP ProLiant DL580 G3 (P38)
    Software Version: 08/02/2007

    The software is installed and up to date.
    The installation does not need to continue,
    however, you may still install the software.

    Do you want to install this version (y/n) ?y

    Flash in progress do not interrupt or your system may become unusable.
    Working.pcilib: proc_write: write failed: Invalid argument

    But after removing hp-nmi-driver it works fine:
    [root@xxxxxx tmp]# ./CP008662.scexe
    Online ROM Flash Engine Version: Linux-3.2.1-0
    Name: HP ProLiant DL580 G3 (P38)
    Software Version: 08/02/2007
    The software is installed and up to date.
    The installation does not need to continue,
    however, you may still install the software.
    Do you want to install this version (y/n) ?y
    Flash in progress do not interrupt or your system may become unusable.
    Working…..

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