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Dell iDrac remote upgrade demo (no sound)

July 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Recently i started to receive some weird alerts from one of the management interface of one of my Dell servers. This specific server is running Opensolaris, and therefore the only way to upgrade the firmware of the idrac is to use a web based upgrade..

I got so many questions from some of my co-workers asking how this , (easy and trivial, for me at least) task can be done, that i decided to record a small video of the entire process.

If you’re interested take a look to the above video and see how a firmware upgrade can be done.. For more information check the Dell Techcenter iDrac page and the iDrac6 documentation .

 

How MPIO can be used and help you….[with video and no sound]

July 8, 2011 2 comments

As a IT guy i often (more than i like) struggle to understand all the nice acronyms that IT vendors come up with , and what those can do for my business / mental health 🙂

A quite common term in storage design it’s MPIO , that basically means that a server has 2 (or more) network links (either fiber , iscsi, FCoE , whatever…) to access a disk hosted within a SAN .

Based on my experience there are many folks out there that don’t understand exactly what this technique can do, so i created a small demo to try to show off what MPIO is and why it’s important…

This demo is done with a Windows 2008 R2 VM hosted in VMware ESXi 4.1 Update 1 and connected to a Dell Equallogic PS6000 SAN. The MPIO concept should be valid to any other type of system…But please test your environment before you go live !

Hope you can enjoy it…