I purchased the SDMC VM to get used to it and discovered I don't like it.

It's slower, uglier, missing function, more complicated, has higher resource requirements, doesn't do POWER5 or the POWER7 "C" models. What's to like? For the most part what SDMC does you could do with Systems Director. If you have use for that, that's fine but HMC was single purpose, focused, and functional.

And really, who wants their system managed by something that's running as a virtual machine in some other hardware? That meant being stuck with the SDMC hardware appliance anyway which was better as an HMC!

Long live the HMC!

On 4/6/2012 12:07 PM, William.Epperson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:


You may look at just running an SDMC console and setting that up. I have
heard that there are some things that the SDMC still will not do that a
physical HMC will do. I know that IBM is trying to get off of the HMC and
they're pushing either the SDMC or Systems Director. I also know you can
run an SDMC as a virtual server but it must include a "second" ethernet
device for connecting into the HMC side of the Power7 systems in order to
manage them. I'm researching this for our installations to see if it makes
sense to drop a virtual machine on my Linux virtual cluster rather than
trying to run it in our VMware environment. It'll just be a matter of
piping another vlan into my linux cluster. If you want to make it simple,
just run a small Linux workstation and install it with two ethernet
devices. It doesn't need much resources to run, but there must be a DHCP
server on that private network to generate the IP's for the Power7 systems.

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