Best Practices – BIOS Parameters in HP G7 Servers for VMware vSphere 5.0

In the recent past I have seen many requests come from different area regarding this topic. Well needless to say that, this is most important.

We always strive to find this information handy. So, I thought I would write an article on this to make it simple and handy for any one who need it.

 

Processor Options  
No Execute Memory Protection = Enabled Default setting for ProLiant G7: enabled

 

Intel VT = Enabled AMD-V = Enabled Default setting for ProLiant G7: enabled
See: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1011712  
Intel Hyperthreading
= Enabled
Default setting for ProLiant G7: enabled
See: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1013428 
Processor Core Disable Default setting for ProLiant G7: All Cores Enabled
Intel Turbo Boost Default setting for ProLiant G7: enabled 
Intel VT-d Default setting for ProLiant G7: enabled 
Power Management  
Power Profile Set the Power Profile to “Maximum Performance”. This setting can be viewed or modified later on using the vSphere Client / vCenter
See: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1018206
Power Regulator Set “Power Regulator” to “OS Controlled”. With this setting, the Power Management can be actively influenced using vSphere Client. 
Configuration in vSphere Client / vCenter when ESXi is deployed:
Server Availabilty  
ASR = Disabled Disable ASR for ESX/ESXi
Refer to: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1010842
Default setting for ProLiant G7: enabled 
Automatic Power-On
= decide individually 

Power-On Delay
= decide individually

Depending on the scenario enable or disable this setting.
This setting can also be set in the iLO Web interface. 
Advanced System ROM Options 

Power-On Logo
=Disabled

If this setting is disabled the monitoring of the bootup process is easier.
Default setting for ProLiant G7: enabled 

About Prasenjit Sarkar

Prasenjit Sarkar is a Product Manager at Oracle for their Public Cloud with primary focus on Cloud Strategy, Oracle Openstack, PaaS, Cloud Native Applications and API Platform. His primary focus is driving Oracle’s Cloud Computing business with commercial and public sector customers; helping to shape and deliver on a strategy to build broad use of Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings such as Compute, Storage, Java as a Service, and Database as a Service. He is also responsible for developing public/private cloud integration strategies, customer’s Cloud Computing architecture vision, future state architectures, and implementable architecture roadmaps in the context of the public, private, and hybrid cloud computing solutions Oracle can offer.

6 thoughts on “Best Practices – BIOS Parameters in HP G7 Servers for VMware vSphere 5.0

  1. When changing the Power Regulator to OS Control Mode, the Power Profile will automatically switch to “Custom”. The settings made when changing the Power Profile are still there though. You can see that in Advanced Power Management Options.

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  3. Hi Prasenjit,
    I am currently working on benchmarking of our product on virtualized platform. We are using VMware as our Hypervisor. I have done BIOS changes mentioned in here and got a boost up in performance. But i still am facing upto 43% degradation at CPU level in comparison to when i deploy our product directly on HP G8 blade servers. Can you please help me and suggest some changes at VMware level that can improve the performance. Just to mention i have checked VMCI flag and configuration is at high performance.

    Thanks,
    Lucky Tyagi
    luckytyagi08@gmail.com

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