Offsite Datacenter Update

Things are moving along well at our new datacenter.  The infrastructure is more than 90% installed and configured now.  The professional services folks are coming out next week to help us provision the SAN.  Until then, we are handling some odds and ends of configuration and updates.

I attended the VMWare Symposia in Dallas on Tuesday.  Overall I was a bit disappointed.  I would have preferred to see more educational tracks as opposed to the sales “death by PowerPoint” that we got.  I did take away a few tips from the demo track with regard to configuring clustering in Virtual Center for HA and DRS.  Got that all up and going today – seems to be in good shape now.

HP has also released some firmware updates for our C-Class blades.  There is a new version of ILO2 (1.30) and new onboard administrator firmware (2.00).  After a bit or reading, the new firmware actually fixes a few problems we have experienced.  So tonight a co-worker and I applied all the new firmware.  Most interesting new feature is that ILO should now support shared remote console sessions.

I also downloaded and installed QLogic SANsurfer agents on all of our Windows 2003 blades today.  The GUI can now be used to query the agents to determine the WWPN of each FC adapter.  This is an important step in preparing for the Brocade fabric zoning next week during the SAN install.

So things are busy.  Just doing all those last minute “tweaks” to make it that much better.  I hope to have some new photos to share soon.  Until then – happy blogging.

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