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Cisco UCS Blade System – Part 3 – moar vSphere ESXi & UCS woes

Written February 16th, 2010 by
Categories: Server Hardware, Virtualization
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Well, Cisco finally came with an answer to why I was able to break the stuff like clock work before, and that answer was firmware. A new firmware has been release for the chassis, blades, & FEX (and I’m sure I’ve either got that in the wrong order or hardware), but I can’t say I’m excited about it.

We set more time aside to have Cisco come in and upgrade the bits, as if we haven’t wasted enough time already. This time, they sent the big guns to work on it, or gun, rather, as they sent one of the engineers named Troy. He was a good guy, very knowledgeable, but he can’t help it that he works for Cisco, we’ve all gotta eat, right?

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Cisco UCS Blade System – Part 2 – my vSphere ESXi & UCS woes

Okay, so now that we’ve tested different OS installations, now it’s time to test the real purpose we acquired these blades for: Virtualization

A little info on the hardware: Cisco N20-B6620-1, dual Xeon E5540s, 24GB of RAM, and two 73gb drives

We’re using VMware ESXi 4.0u1 for our testing, and booting from the SAN. Yes, I know, it’s only still experimental with vSphere, I don’t like it, but that’s the path I was lead down by my superiors.

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Cisco UCS Blade System – Part 1 – drawing back the veil

We were some of the earliest of ‘adopters’ for a paid POC to get the Cisco UCS system in-house.

Cisco sent the hardware & a group of techs to get this thing off the ground. Any new hardware being deployed shouldn’t require a group of people from the vendor to come out to set it up, should it? In today’s society, it should be user friendly, plug-n-play, which we all know Cisco to be, right? Heh, okay, or not, but anyway, our trouble had just begun.

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