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HP moving from release sets to ‘Service Packs’ for BladeSystem

HP is moving away from the release sets that it introduced in 2010 to a unified Service Pack for Proliant (SPP) model for updating firmware and software on the HP BladeSystem along with all Proliant servers.  I had previously reported about the software release sets back in June of 2010. In the latest realignment, HP […]

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Simplifying IT support and deployments with converged systems

All IT solutions will experience problems at some point in their life.  Supporting IT solutions is difficult, time-consuming and costly, but also a fact of life – a fact as a systems administrator I am thankful for.  It means, I have a job.  Problem solving skills are absolutely necessary, but all administrators need the expert […]

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Scale and standardize with a converged storage solution

Simplify.  Eliminate duplication of effort.  Reduce costs.  Play to your core competencies.  Standardize.  All of these are themes I have heard in my own company as we have looked at ways to improve our IT operations.  Like many companies, we try to form a plan of where our IT operations should move, motivated by making […]

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HP adds firmware release sets for Bladesystem

HP has updated their framework for BladeSystem firmware and driver releases through a consolidated Service Pack for Proliant.  See this post for more information. HP added the idea of release sets for Bladesystem firmware starting in January.  On a conference call yesterday, we were alerted to the new release set certification process.  Previously, HP had […]

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Path failures on ESX4 with HP storage

Since we began upgrading our clusters to ESX4, we have been having strange “failed physical path” messages in our vmkernel logs.  I don’t normally post unless I know the solution to a problem, but in this case, I’ll make an exception.  Our deployment has been delayed and plauged by the storage issues that I mentioned […]

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Upgrading Virtual Connect Ethernet to VC-Ethernet Flex-10 on an HP Bladesystem

We recently made the purchase to upgrade our two blade enclosures to HP’s Flex-10 Ethernet technology and last week, with the help of a partner, we performed the install and upgrade of the Virtual Connect domain. HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 allows an administrator to take a physical 10G connection and partition it into up to […]

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Mid-plane is replaced on our blade enclosure

Last night, we undertook replacing our mid-plane in the blade enclosure that had problems last month.  It was the first recommendation from HP support after several hours of working with various teams, but both our internal team and our HP field service guys didn’t feel it was the cause.  Turns out, we may have been […]

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HP Blades, Virtual Connect & ESX considerations

I may have already mentioned that one of our projects for the year is to transition our corporate ESX cluster from 2U hardware onto blades.  The process of transitioning does not come without some concern and some caveots moving to the blade architecture.  We feel that blades are a good fit in our case for […]

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Month of silence, because of a blade enclosure

The past month of my life has been spent dealing with the fall-out over a massive failure of our local blade enclosure.

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HP VMware Technical Forum

I just returned from the HP Customer Focused Testing VMware Technical Forum in Colorado Springs, CO.  HP’s Colorado Springs facility is primarily the StorageWorks storage products location – specializing in their XP, EVA and MSA storage arrays.  I was very impressed with the amount of technical knowledge by the folks there, the facilities and not […]

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