EMC PowerPath/VE – Installation with VUM

In this post I will describe how to install PowerPath/VE on a ESXi 5.0 host using the VMware Update manager. Also I will show how to verify the installation with a tool provided by EMC.

1.) Download the latest build of PowerPath/VE from your EMC Powerlink account. After you logged into Powerlink follow this menu-path: Support –> Software Downloads and Licensing –> Downloads P-R –> PowerPath for VMware –> PowerPath/VE 5.7.0 for VMware vSphere – install SW Bundle

Note: The 5.7 version of PowerPath only supports ESXi 5.0. So if you are using ESXi 4.x make sure you download PowerPath version 5.4 instead of 5.7

2.) The downloaded zip-file contains two important files: a) Another zip-file with the PowerPath Plugin for the ESXi server & b) RTOOLS, which can show you the PowerPath status of your ESXi server and is also needed for licensing. Let´s start with the RTOOLS…..

3.) You find install files of the RTOOLS for Windows and for RHEL in the bundle. In my case I am installing the RTOOLS on a Windows 7 host. The installation is pretty much just a “Next-Next-Finish” clicking, so no need to provide some screenshots 🙂

4.) After the RTOOLS are installed you can verfy a PowerPath installation on your ESXi host with the following command (in this example with a host without a PowerPath installation):

Type “rpowermt host=yourESXi.host check_registration” in the Windows Command Box. After you provid the login credentials of your ESXi host the PowerPath Status is shown to you.



5.) Now let´s switch to the VMware Update Manager. We will come back to the RTOOLS later…. The first step here we need to do is to upload the PowerPath Plugin to the Patch Repository.

Click “Import Patches” below the Patch Repository tab.



Select the PowerPath zip-file and click Next.



The Upate Manager will upload the file….



…which you need to confirm on the end by clicking Finish.



6.) When you imported the PowerPath extension successfully, we now need to create a baseline with it.

Click “Create…” below the Baseline and Groups tab.



Define a name for the baseline and select Host Extension as Baseline type.



Search the long patch list for the PowerPatch extension and add it by clicking the arrow and Next.



Complete the baseline by clicking Finish.



7.) Lets attach the baseline to the host, where PowerPath should be installed.

Select the Update Manager tab on the ESXi host, where you want to install PowerPath. There you click on Attach…



Select the Baseline, which we created in the last step and click Attach.



Now we can scan the host, to see if the Update Manager detects the missing extension.



The host gets marked as Non-Compliant, like expected.

After clicking on Remediate the Wizard guides you through the update / installation process. I skip this, because around 10 screenshots with just clicking next are not really interesting. Also the process can look a little bit different, depending on your cluster settings and if your host is already in maintance mode or still holding running VMs etc. Please note that your host is restarted after the installation.


8.) After your host is rebooted we switch back to the Windows machine with the RTOOLS installed.

Using the same command like in step 4.) we now get the result, that PowerPath is installed (but unlicensed).



You can also use the command line to verify the PowerPath installation:

vMA: Type “esxcli -s yourESXi.host.local software vib list

How to provide a vailid license to you PowerPath/VE installation I will show you in one of my next posts.


Related posts:
EMC PowerPath/VE – Licensing
VMware SRM 5 & EMC² PowerPath/VE 5.7

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