HP Proliant Support Pack, now Management Component Pack, for Ubuntu

One of the frequently asked question is how do I run the former HP Proliant Support Pack (PSP) in Ubuntu. Most of the customers ends up installing RedHat/CentOS in their HP servers because they don’t have hardware monitoring support.

Well, this is kind of “hidden” information and also most HP employees doesn’t know this, you have to have strong connections with engineering to know the truth 😉

Just to recap, PSP has been renamed in Management Component Pack (MCP). This software let you  control and monitor HP-specific hardware components. You can configure your HP SmartArray online, monitor your hardware health with the HP System Management Homepage, or setup snmp traps for interesting events. The Management Component Pack is an essential group of utilities to help you manage Linux on your HP ProLiant servers.
To download and install these packages, simply point apt at the HP Software Delivery Repository (SDR):

Add this line to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://downloads.linux.hp.com/SDR/downloads/MCP/ubuntu precise/current non-free

then apt-get install the components you’d like to use:

# apt-get update
# apt-get install hpacucli

Debian packages included (apt-cache search hp | grep ^hp):

  • hpsmh – HP System Management Homepage
  • hp-snmp-agents – Insight Management SNMP Agents for HP ProLiant Systems
  • hp-smh-templates – HP System Management Homepage Templates
  • hponcfg – RILOE II/iLo online configuration utility
  • hp-health – hp System Health Application and Command line Utility Package
  • hpacucli – HP Command Line Array Configuration Utility
  • hp-ams – Agentless Monitoring Service for HP ProLiant Gen8 Systems

Just in case someone in the support wish to bother you, the HP  official statement is out on our support matrix: www.hp.com/go/ubuntucert

As for their own wording: “HP will provide support for HP’s ProLiant hardware and all HP delivered drivers, firmware, utilities, tools and management software. Canonical will provide support of the operating system, software and in distribution drivers.”

Hope this helps!