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Upgrading the X9SRH-7TF LSI HBA 2308 and LSI HBA 9207-8i

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Here is a resume on how to upgrade the LSI HBA 2308 Chipset on the Supermicro X9SRH-7TF and a LSI SAS2 HBA 9207-8i card to the latest BIOS & Firmware using the UEFI mode. This is applicable to my homelab Supermicro X9SRH-7TF or any other motherboard with UEFI Build-In EFI Shell. I’ve found that using the [...]

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Upgrading LSI HBA 9300-8i via UEFI

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Here is a resume on how to upgrade a LSI SAS3 HBA 9300-8i card to the latest BIOS & Firmware using the UEFI mode. This is applicable to my homelab Supermicro X9SRH-7TF or any other motherboard with UEFI Build-In EFI Shell. I’ve found that using the UEFI mode to be more practical than the old [...]

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Homelab 2014 upgrade

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I’ve been looking for a while for a new more powerful homelab (for home), that scales and passes the limits I currently have. I had a great success last year with the Supermicro X9SRL-F motherboard for the Home NAS (Running NexentaStor 3.1.5), so I know I loved the Supermicro X9 Single LGA2011 series. Because of [...]

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The homelab shift…

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I believe that we are at a point of time where we will see a shift in the vSphere homelab designs. One homelab design, which I see as becoming more and more popular is the Nested Homelab using either a VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion base. There are already a lot of great blogs on [...]

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VSAN Lab issues due to Infiniband OpenSM failover

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This isn’t really a blog where you will get a recipe on how to implement VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) or InfiniBand technologies, but more a small account of my troubles I experienced yesterday with my infrastructure. I did publish a picture yesterday on twitter, that didn’t look to go. Cause: Network infrastructure transporting the VSAN [...]

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InfiniBand in the Lab at LonVMUG

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Tomorrow, the London VMUG will happen in London. I will give a Lightning Talk about InfiniBand in the Lab, and why for small labs, the InfiniBand is a solution that can be more performant and much cheaper than 10Gb Ethernet. Here is the Presentation that will be given tomorrow in PDF format.  

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VSAN and the LSI SAS 9300-4i Host Bus Adapter

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As part of my VSAN Cluster that I’m building, I wanted to dig deeper and test hte LSI Host Bus Adapters. These cards have been used extensively in past few years with storage appliances that migrate the mangement, compute and error handling to the operating system, rather than to use RAID adapters. I have build [...]

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Changing Windows uppercase hostnames to lowercase

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Working with Windows is not always easy. Windows has it’s quirks. One of them is that sometimes some server will show up in management consoles in Uppercase, and others in lowercase. Microsoft keeps saying that Windows will recognize both Uppercase only hostname and Lowercase hostname without differentiation. Windows DNS is case agnostic. But Unix/Linux DNS [...]

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HA Configuration error following VIB install.

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I ran into a strange problem with my InfiniBand infrastructure. For some reason, one of my ESXi host would not enter a configured HA mode. I kept getting the “Cannot upgrade vCenter agent on host. Unknow installer error”. In my post on how to installing InfiniBand and configuring it on vSphere 5.5, I make a [...]

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VSAN Community HCL

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A few days before VMworld 2013 Barcelona, I started the VSAN.info website to documents VSAN configurations, list whitepapers, redirect people to VSAN resources, and VSAN implementations. And it’s been a bit quiet since then on the surface. Well I’ve been working in the background to push a new feature, the VSAN Community HCL. One of [...]

 
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