HP DL360p Gen8 has built in Intelligent Provisioning OS intallation. Will it work with stock RHEL bought on http://www.redhat.com or I have to buy Linux only from HP directly ?

I don't want to buy Linux from HP because they sell it only with support, but I want to buy much cheaper self-support version.

upd I've bought 349$ RHEL 7 self-support and tried to install it ussing IP but in my case this doesn't work. I receive Unable to find any valid media, add and choose "rescan" error message.

upd2 also found this however not very helpful

upd3 My guess is that RHEL7 still not supported in HP DL360p Gen8, but it supported in HP DL360p Gen9. Gen8 IP latest version is Version 1.60 - February 18, 2014 and RHEL 7 is not supported in the description. Gen9 latest version is Version 2.01 - September 9, 2014, and RHEL 7 is supported there

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    Call HP and ask them. I'm not saying this to be flippant, they will be able to answer your question.
    – Gene
    Oct 4 '14 at 7:14
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    @Gene I was calling our local Russia HP representative yesterday asking simple question "What is the correct way to buy self support RHEL for Proliant" and they answered me "I don't know, we more about hardware.". Probably I should try to submit a ticket because my server still has warranty. Oct 4 '14 at 7:20
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    Yeah, open a ticket or call their tech support line. Sales/client reps don't usually know the finer details.
    – Gene
    Oct 4 '14 at 7:22

You don't need to use HP Intelligent Provisioning to install Linux on an HP server.

You can purchase Red Hat on your own, or just use CentOS, the free variant.

  • But I want to use Intelligent Provisioning because it makes things simple! for example "Ability to download drivers, firmware, and systems software by connecting directly to HP.com and to perform updates and install an OS in the same step" Oct 3 '14 at 13:59
  • You can use Intelligent Provisioning for firmware and other hardware preparation steps. You don't need it to install an OS, though.
    – ewwhite
    Oct 3 '14 at 13:59
  • i've used Intelligent Provisioning to install Windows and everything was very good, all HP tools were installed, I like this. Oct 3 '14 at 14:24
  • i've found that at least on my HP DL360p Gen8 it's easier to use regular OS installer, probably on Gen9 server IP is better. Oct 6 '14 at 6:46

It seems in general it should work.

According to IP Gen8 Release notes latest version (1.61) of IP still doesn't support RHEL 7 by some reason. However, when I tried, IP recognized media and i'm able to install RedHat, but no HP tools were installed.

Happy owners of HP DL360p Gen9 must enjoy RHEL 7 installation via IP, because these servers contain newer 2.0 version of IP which supports RHEL 7 officially and so this probably will work better.

upd: It seems I should folow suggestion and use regular RedHat installer.

  • You don't need to use Intelligent Provisioning in order to install Linux. Please stop focusing on it. It's a very small portion of the process.
    – ewwhite
    Oct 4 '14 at 12:01

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