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Cisco UCS B200 M4: FlexFlash FFCH_ERROR_OLD_FIRMWARE_RUNNING error

After upgrading Cisco UCS B200 M4 blade firmware from 2.2(3e) to 2.2(5c) the following minor fault appeared:

Apparently, it is known Cisco bug.

Cisco Bug: CSCut10525: FlexFlash FFCH_ERROR_OLD_FIRMWARE_RUNNING error on B200 M4 Quickview: https://tools.cisco.com/quickview/bug/CSCut10525 Details: https://tools.cisco.com/bugsearch/bug/CSCut10525/?referring_site=bugquickviewclick

Symptom: After updating B200 M4 server firmware using MR3 build 169 bundle B, FFCH_ERROR_OLD_FIRMWARE_RUNNING is displayed on fault […]

VMware Host zoning for multi X-Brick EMC XtremIO storage array

VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 and 6.0 have a limit of 256 LUNs per host:

https://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere5/r55/vsphere-55-configuration-maximums.pdf https://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere6/r60/vsphere-60-configuration-maximums.pdf

In an environment where a host with two HBAs (VMware Best Practice) is connected to two fabrics and storage array with two Storage Controllers (EMC VNX, for example) the host will have four paths to a LUN: 2 Controllers […]

Michael Dell spells out his plans for VMware:…

Michael Dell spells out his plans for @VMware: “Crown jewel of the EMC federation”

Michael Dell spells out his plans for VMware:…

“We believe it is very important to maintain VMware’s successful business model supporting an open and independent ecosystem,” Dell said. “We do not plan to do anything proprietary with VMware as regards […]

HOW TO: Upgrade EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) for VMware vSphere Web Client

The EMC Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) for VMware vSphere Web Client is a plug-in for VMware vCenter. It enables administrators to view, manage, and optimize storage for VMware ESX/ESXi servers and hosts and then map that storage to the hosts.

VSI consists of a graphical user interface and the EMC Solutions Integration Service (SIS), which […]

Cannot fetch NSX Controllers after NSX Manager upgrade

I am upgrading NSX Manager from 6.1.4 to 6.2 in the environment with two vCenters configured in Linked Mode.

When NSX Manager was upgraded in one of them and vCenter Web Client service restarted, I logged back to the Web Client to proceed with the upgrade. Both NSX Managers were visible and correct versions were […]

VMware ESXi 5.5/6 installation on Cisco FlexFlash drive fails with “Can’t have a a partition outside the disk!” error

I’m trying to install VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 on Cisco UCS C220 M3 server. The local storage is Cisco Flexible Flash (FlexFlash) internal 32GB SD Card.

I repartitioned the whole SD card as one HV (Hypervisor) bootable 29GB partition:

Please refer to ‘Cisco FlexFlash: Use and Manage Cisco Flexible Flash Internal SD Card […]

HOW TO: Configure Cisco UCS power management for VMware DPM

Login to Cisco UCS Manager Configure Service Profile Management IP address Servers – Service Profile – Actions – Change Management IP address Change/Create IPMI user Servers – Policies – IPMI Access Policies IPMI over LAN – Enable Create IPMI user. The user name is CaseSENSITIVE! Check the policy is associated to the Service Profile […]

HOW TO: Upgrade VMware vSphere Replication Appliance

You upgrade the vSphere Replication appliance and any additional vSphere Replication servers by using a downloaded ISO image. The downloadable ISO image is the only means of upgrading from vSphere Replication 5.5.x or 5.6 to vSphere Replication 5.8. You cannot use vSphere Update Manager or the virtual appliance management interface (VAMI) of the vSphere […]

VCE Vision vCenter Plug-In upgrade for vCenters in Linked Mode

VCE Vision 2.x has one-to-one relationship with Vblock / vCenter ie if you have two Vblocks / vCenters, you need to install two VCE Vision appliances and link them to the appropriate vCenter.

In my environment I have two Vblocks and their vCenters are configured in Linked Mode for ease of management.

I recently upgraded […]

HOW TO: Upgrade EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance:

is installed separately from the EMC PowerPath/VE for VMware vSphere multipathing product provides a simplified RTOOLS deployment provides enhanced license management provides REST API to retrieve content from PowerPath

EMC PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 has been released:

PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 Release Notes PowerPath Virtual Appliance 2.0 Installation and Configuration Guide […]