HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus Topology
Topology is important. We have seen the system block diagram but did not obtain permission to post it here. Instead, here is what the topology of the base system looks like:
As you can see, this is the Intel Xeon E-2224 version with 32GB of memory (2x16GB.) Since this is an entry server SKU, it has four cores and only four threads.
HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus iLO Enablement Kit
By default, the HPE MicroServer Gen10 Plus does not support remote management or out-of-band management even though there is an iLO 5 controller onboard. Instead, one needs the iLO Enablement Kit to activate remote management features. For our readers, this is HPE part number P13788-B21.
The iLO Enablement Kit is really a very small card that almost looks like a PCIe x1 NIC. It comes with the necessary backplate and metal bracing. This part installs into the top slot on the PCIe and iLO riser.
Once this is installed, remote management is activated at a iLO 5 Essentials level. There is no need for manual key entry. Instead, once the hardware is installed, new remote management functionality is unlocked.
With the iLO Enablement Kit one gets:
- A dedicated management port for out-of-band iLO 5 management access.
- E-mail based alerting
- Integrated remote console with remote media (often called IRC or iKVM plus media)
HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus Management
The HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus looks just like a standard HPE ProLiant server. You can see the iLO Essentials license level, but the look and feel is exactly like other ProLiant Gen10 machines.
Some time ago, we did a walk-through of some of the differences between the iLO 5 Standard v. Advanced. The MicroServer Gen10 Plus is slightly different. It does, however, follow the same general look-and-feel. If you want to quickly see the video here is that:
We have not yet purchased a iLO 5 advanced key for the MicroServer Gen10 Plus, so the above should help you see what is different.
Since this is HPE’s mainstream management solution, it collects inventory data which can be viewed either here, or in higher-level server management tools. This entire solution also rolls-up into HPE InfoSight for management when one has the iLO 5 Enablement Kit.
If one wishes, higher-levels of iLO functionality can be activated such as iLO Advanced with features such as security and group management.
An example of what higher license levels get you can be seen in the iLO Federation Group Configuration where Essentials does not support the feature. We cover this in the article and video linked above.
One of the most useful features is the remote console and media. With this feature, one can use HTML5, .NET, or Java remote consoles to get a keyboard, video, and mouse remotely attached to the server. For organizations without on-site IT this can save an enormous amount of time troubleshooting. We actually used this remote console with remote media mounting to install 10 OSes on the server remotely which we will show on the next page.
Most HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers have a power meter so you can see how much power the system is using. Since the MSG10+ is using a DC power supply, it does not support this feature.
Even though power metering is not available, one can still see features such as HPE’s temperature graph and monitoring.
Beyond what iLO 5 Essentials offers, one can also upgrade the MSG10+ to iLO Advanced and unlock the additional security features. One can also utilize HPE InfoSight to manage the MicroServer Gen10 Plus just like any other HPE server. For organizations using centralized management but with these MicroServers at the edge, this can be a huge time saver as can iLO Essentials (and higher) features such as e-mail notifications.
Overall, this is an excellent solution for a server in its class. We are happy to see HPE is not charging for a full iLO license in order to get e-mail alerts and iKVM with remote media.
Next up, we are going to try the MicroServer Gen10 Plus with ten different operating systems before moving to our performance and power sections.