Archive for the ‘Server’ Category

Cisco UCS Rank #3 in Worldwide Blade Server Market

Posted on May 27th, 2011 in Announcement, Server | No Comments »

Cisco Unified Computing System had been in the market for more an 18 months now. I am considered 1 of the pioneer members who had sold couple of units to our client locally. It had been proven as 1 of the best blade system with fabric architecture to the client and reliability & quality had able to satisfied the client for more adoption worldwide.

Recently there are public announcement that Cisco UCS is rank #3 in worldwide blade server market. This is really great news for Cisco Team who had put in a lot of efforts and partner who are involve to make this success. Of course the client who had adopted to Cisco UCS should be impress and happy with the value that UCS had brought on which transform the traditional open system computing technology for the day to day operation as well.

If you had not tested or tried the Cisco UCS before, I will strongly urge you to keep an eye open and give it a try on that.

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Domain Controller Migration from P2V or V2V

Posted on May 27th, 2011 in Server, Tips, Virtualization, vSphere | 2 Comments »

I had some discussion internally with my buddy today about this topic mainly due to some challenges been faced by the client as their current active DNS and Domain controller is hung once a while due to unknown issue. The  current domain controller are hosted on the Windows server 2005 which was not the matured product that came to market more than 5 years ago. They do have a new VMware vSphere 4 Infrastructure in place now.

The question posted by my buddy was;  how we could move or migrate the same state of the virtual machine to a physical or virtual without impact to the production environment?  My answer to him was big NO as this is Domain controller and not a normal application or database server migration.

We went through some due diligence and found that certain machines had been pointing to this DC for the DNS server preference IP. In this case, we may need to ensure Preferred DNS server IP on the client are require to change.

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Intel Xeon E7 New Tech line Refresh bring 10 Cores and 20 Threads per CPU

Posted on April 8th, 2011 in Announcement, Hardware, Industry News, Server, Virtualization | 2 Comments »

Intel had officially announced the latest Intel Xeon E7 family which bring more cores, more performance per CPU compare to the previous 8 cores processors in the market today. This is great news to the IT users especially cloud vendor, users or anyone who are the virtualization adopter. This will allow you to further scale out the amount of physical memory and computing power by reduce the physical foot print and management require.

here is the latest Intel Xeon E7 Data sheet. You can view the full copy over here.

Once again, I believe the consolidation ratio will be significant increase in most of the virtualization project in future.

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UCS Firmware 1.4 support FCoE Direct Attach SAN

Posted on March 13th, 2011 in Announcement, Server, Storage | No Comments »

If you are following Cisco Unified computing solution, here is some good news. The latest firmware version 1.4 is officially support direct attach FCoE Storage protocol without require the additional SAN switch as previous version. Both Netapp and EMC are officially supported and certified to direct attach with the Cisco UCS without a SAN switch require. This will reduce the complex layer it require to deploy especially for those environment who are not FC users previously.

I found some very good post over the internet, you can refer the URL below for more information about the new update provided in Firmware 1.4

Unified Computing Blog

M. Sean McGee

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PSOD on HP Proliant G7 with AMD 6100 Series

Posted on March 1st, 2011 in Server, Tips, Virtualization, vSphere | 2 Comments »

There is known issues been faced by small group of user who had deployed their VMware ESX host on the latest platform with G7. You can refer to the official link from HP here and additional KB from VMWare referring to the same issues. If you are facing this, you may be the unlucky 1, but nothing much you could do as the PSOD message will refer to the CPU error, compatible issues and etc.

The only thing you could do is to wait until both HP and VMware to come out a final fix in this case. Quick solution, is change hardware vendor or different platform. I had experienced 3 times about it, in the past 2 months and this is the latest finding we had received from both VMware and HP regards the latest PSOD we had. HP had recommended to upgrade the BIOS, Firmware and driver for multiple times, but this doesn’t fix the issue we are facing. Lately there had release another new update bios and hope this problem will be gone after this.

Feel free to share any work around solution beside the official link provided by tech support.

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