Category «Dell»

Update Dell Server Firmware using bootable USB key

This article explains how to use a bootable USB stick to upgrade firmware on a dell server. In this example I am upgrading the BIOS but this procedure will also work for other updates. From the Dell website enter the service tag of your server and download the dos executable version of the BIOS upgrade …

Setup Equallogic Host Integration Tools for VMware

This article explains how to setup the Dell Equallogic host integration tools for vmware vcenter. Preparation The Dell Equallogic Host Integration Tool is a linux virtual machine that requires access to both the VM network (i.e. your LAN) and the storage network (i.e. the iSCSI network). Therefore you will need to configure your VMware server …

Choosing RAID level for your SAN

The below chart gives an overview of the strong and weak points of each RAID level. I would summarise this as RAID5 – Choose when you want to maximise capacity. Only suitable for small installations RAID6 – A slightly more fault tolerant version of the RAID5 with slightly less capacity RAID10 – When performance is …

Problem   When trying to attached an ISO in iDRAC it may fail with the error “Either Virtual Media is detatched or Virtual Media redirection for the selected virtual disk is already in use.   Solution   Go into the idrac properties and edit the virtual media settings. Change Virtual Media to attached as shown …

Deploy an ESXi via Dell Unified Server Configurator

  In the below example I am using the Dell Unified Server Configurator to deploy and operating system – in this case ESXi 4.1 When booting up the server press the F10 key to enter “System Services” This will launch the Dell Unified Server Configurator Choose the above options     I like to have …

Retreiving Diagnostics from Equallogic Array

In the below example I have had a drive failure on an PS4000 and need to generate diagnostics to arrange a replacement with Dell technical support.   Step 1 – Generate Diagnostics     Step 2 – Retrieve Diagnostics via FTP   If you have the email settings configured correctly you can get the diags …