Today a blog about my Home Lab. At the end of 2017 it was time to replace the old Dell PowerEdge R710 servers with something new. Currently I was running two R710 servers for my lab environment.
These servers are ‘powered-on for a couple of hours a week to test new products and learn for certifications. My other environment described on this page is running 24/7 is providing a full set of infrastructure services.
Because of the price and I’m very familiar with the DL360 G8 it was a no brainer. Over the last couple of years all my virtualization projects were based for 75% on the DL360 Gen8… so we have a lot of history together ;).
Technical specifications – HP DL360e Gen8:
– Chassis: Small Form Factor (8-bays)
– CPU1: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2430 v2
– CPU2: Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2430 v2
– Memory: 128 GB (8x 16GB DDR3 1600 mhz)
– Disks HDD: 2x Seagate Constellation SAS 1TB
– Disks SSD: 4x Samsung EVO 850 250 GB
– Storage controller: HP SmartArray P420 with 1 GB FBWC
– NIC: 4 port 1 Gbit
– Rack mounting kit, cable arm and security front bezel
The spinning drives provide “safe” storage, because they are configured as a mirrored volume. The SSD drives are configured as JBOD drives for performance without data protection (if I want protection I just create a virtual machine back-up to one of my storage arrays).
This week I travelled with my colleagues to VMworld 2017 in Barcelona Spain. This was my first VMworld but luckily my colleagues helped me out with putting a schedule together. The days were absolutely great and well-organized thanks to my employer ITQ (special thanks to Francisco Perez van der Oord and Paul Geerlings).
This blog post is about my first VMworld with my personal highlights.
At VMworld, I attended a lot of sessions but my personal top three were the following:
Delivering Hybrid Cloud Architectures for Your Customer with VMware Cloud on AWS – Adam Osterholt
Replicating VMware VVols: A technical deep dive into VVol array-based replication in vSphere 6.5 – Claudio Calisto, Nick Dyer
vCenter Performance Deep Dive – Ravi Soundararajan
I also attended a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) session with Tom Corn the Vice President of Security Products at VMware about AppDefense.
Server and Storage Hardware (Dell EMC / HPE)
On Tuesday I visited multiple hardware vendors about their new products.
At the HPE stand they showed the new HPE ProLiant gen 10 servers and their current storage portfolio 3PAR, Nimble. A beta version of the HPE ProLiant DL360 G10 was displayed and there was an iLO5 demo.
The Dell EMC stand was one of the largest on VMworld. They displayed all their main products and were displaying demos.
I could blog all day about the announcements and sessions but luckily all information is available for everyone. You can find the sessions on the vendor websites or on YouTube. The company I work for has created a dedicated page to display all the VMworld news items.
Today I faced a problem with a HPE MSA storage array. The storage array was not displaying its web interface and a firmware upgrade was required. After sometime, I noticed there is a build-in FTP flash. About two hours later I finally got the latest firmware installed.
How to perform a flash with FTP:
Download the desired firmware from the HPE website.
Extract the bin file.
Copy the bin file to a directory “c:\temp”.
Start a SSH session with an available controller (no preferred choice between controller A & B)
Enable the FTP service on the controller with the command: “set protocols ftp enabled”.
Open a CMD shell (with administrator rights) on your workstation or management server.
Run the following commands:
# Navigate to C:\Temp
# Start FTP session
# Navigate to directory
# Upload firmware and start flash
put TS252P001.bin flash
# Close FTP session
# Go back to the SSH Session and disable the FTP service on the MSA
set protocols ftp disabled