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1 Richard_Shearwood commented Permalink

Really you could just tell us how to build it in VMWare or one of the alternatives. Up to 7.7.4 it was very easy to do in Virtualbox (the VMs are in XML so finding the bit you need to alter is easier :) ) but you can't upgrade the image past that point due to hardware checking it seems. That was also a problem with the SDMC OVF which didn't support thin-provisioned disk, requiring you to deploy a 500GB image, even though that specification is not needed for an HMC managing a single machine or a small group of systems. It's the same problem that the HMC hardware has, by the way - it's sized to run the maximum specification of dozens of servers with hundreds of LPARs on each one and that is really not the requirement for 95% of sites.
I appreciate that there are development costs and some re-licensing costs for commercial functions but most of HMC is OSS or developed by IBM so those should be minimal and there is a real need for a virtual HMC that doesn't cost around half the price of a baby POWER server, especially for those small customers ("small" as in actually small, not SME). I guess that means I think the virtual HMC can't come fast enough, and I, for one, would really like you to write the Redbook on how to cook your own just as soon as the appliance is announced, because then it WILL be supported, won't it? :)

2 daboule commented Permalink

how about running HMC on VirtualBOX ?

why continuing to buy expensive hardware while you can run it on a vm ?

3 FultonTech commented Permalink

..."Sure, it isn't supported, but it couldn't be too hard in this day of hardware virtualization to emulate a CR6 HMC."...

It's not supported in VMware either, but it's actually easy when you know how. It's mostly undocumented. It's actually come in very handy a couple of times at client sites during initial installs or migration where the network was not in place.

4 k0da commented Permalink

I'm running HMC v8 on x86 KVM now. Works quite good. Awesome features I've got as the bonus are:
Remote managemet(Install/Reinstall)
ISO backed DVD drive (was very usefull to import VIOS for network installation)
And well, you can migrate HMC from one physical host to another :)

5 PMHW_Diego_KESSELMAN_BARRIONUE commented Permalink

I'm running V8.8.1 on VirtualBox with Intel NUC (Haswell) using SSD and Ubuntu Server. It works really well.
With some new CPUs (like mine) you need some extra parameters to allow the installation, because of some locks in RedHat.

Try with this:
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000002/eax 0x65746e49
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000002/ebx 0x2952286c
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000002/ecx 0x726f4320
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000002/edx 0x4d542865
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000003/eax 0x43203229
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000003/ebx 0x20205550
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000003/ecx 0x20202020
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000003/edx 0x20202020
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000004/eax 0x30303636
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000004/ebx 0x20402020
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000004/ecx 0x30342e32
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" VBoxInternal/CPUM/HostCPUID/80000004/edx 0x007a4847
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemVendor" "IBM CORPORATION"
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemProduct" "7042CR7"
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemSerial" "0699999"
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" "GUI/LastCloseAction" "powerOff"
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" "GUI/LastGuestSizeHint" "1024,768"
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" "GUI/LastNormalWindowPosition" "640,200,1024,810"
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiSystemVersion" "7.3"
vboxmanage setextradata "HMC" "VBoxInternal/Devices/pcbios/0/Config/DmiBoardVendor" "IBM CORPORATION"

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