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Upgrading a vSphere Essentials 4.1 ESX cluster to vSphere 5.1 with ESXi servers

Over the last few weeks, I needed to upgrade our VMware vSphere 4.1 cluster which had ESX 4.1 servers to vSphere 5.1. Trouble was, there really was not a “here’s the order to do this in” without trying to read ...

Converting a Physical AXP OpenVMS Alpha server to Virtual, PART II

Today I converted my VMware ESX 4.1 machine to VMware ESXi 5.1 update 1. This is the system that is running my Virtual Alpha Server using Migration Specialties’s Avanti software. The good news is, it worked almost perfectly. When you ...

Sonicwall port errors? What’s really going on with Ethernet Autonegotiate

While working on Sonicwall routers, I found some interesting things. After setting up monitoring of the Sonicwall routers via Cacti, I was able to turn on monitoring of “errors”. As I found errors on the ports, almost every error was ...

Convert a XenServer Virtual Machine to Linux based VMware Workstation 9 Virtual Machine

Had a customer with Citrix XenServer 6 and a few Virtual Machines [VMs] running. The VMs were windows based and we wanted to move them to VMware Workstation 9. I found the easiest way to do this was:   1) Setup an ...

HP Proliant DL380 G3 has random reboots

I’ve had to work on a couple of HP Proliant DL380 G3 servers. As far as hardware goes, the HP Proliant is usually fairly bullet proof. In a few of the HP Proliant DL380 G3, under iLO, we would see ...

MySQL on OpenVMS loses data if MySQL is not properly shutdown or system crashes

I’ve been busy converting from our old set on OpenVMS of OSU webserver, PHP 3 and MySQL V4. The upgrade consisted of Apache, CWCS from HP, PHP 5 and MySQL V5.   While working on MySQL V5, there was no mysql_shutdown.com file ...

Converting a Physical AXP OpenVMS Alpha server to Virtual.

With everyone in the world converting from “Physical” server to virtual, and in our attempts to use less electricity, less cooling, and just being “Greener”, I decided to look at Migration Specialties Avanti. You can find Migration Specialties at www.migrationspecialties.com .   We currently ...

Hp Proliant DL360 G4p 6i embedded controller cannot recognize hard drives

Ran into a most interesting problem. Had a rash of HP DL360 G4p servers with the embedded 6i SCSI host adapter that would not recognize any hard drive plugged in. It first started with the warning when you rebooted that ...

HP MSA2000 G3 gives a cryptic error message when trying to setup replication

Had a chance to work on the latest HP MSA2000 G3 controllers. These controllers are really fast and make working on almost any iSCSI/Fiber SAN a snap.   While trying to setup replication using the wizard, I ran into the following error ...

Cloning Windows 7 on Advanced Drives

Had an interesting problem the other day. A customer wanted a dozen or so laptops, all with the exact same setups. They had a legal copy of Windows 7 Enterprise, and we were going to erase the old laptop software ...

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