Friday, 21 December 2012

Correctly configuring a Dell MD3 iSCSI array

Windows 2003 r2

Windows 2008 r2

ESXi 4.1

ESXi 5.x

Array Tuning Best Practices - Dell

High Performance Storage Tier

(found under Storage Array - Change - Cache Settings) I'm reading that for sequential workloads, use 32K, and for Random, use 16K. For mixed, try starting at 16K. I believe this can be changed on the fly. I think the default is 4KB.

VMware vSphere Best Practices

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Allow ICMP though Windows 2008 r2 firewall

By default the Windows 2008 r2 firewall blocks PING / ICMP, this command can used to allow ICMP through the windows firewall via an elevated command prompt.

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="All ICMP V4" protocol=icmpv4:any,any dir=in action=allow

Monday, 3 December 2012

Firmware updates for Dell servers running ESXi

Here are good step by step video demo of how to apply updates from USC repository manager and from USB key:

Dell Repository Manager - Creating a Bootable ISO

If you want to update all components and don’t have internet access (to access you can download the whole repository on a USB device.

Updates using USB with Lifecycle Controller