Dude you’re getting a Dell, again!  My “brand new” R710!
Jan23

Dude you’re getting a Dell, again! My “brand new” R710!

Dude you’re getting a Dell, again! This blog entry documents the brand new Dell R710 I found on eBay and how I prep it to be a second host in my vSphere 6 cluster!

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Dell Customized ESXi 6.0 Update 1 released
Oct01

Dell Customized ESXi 6.0 Update 1 released

Dell releases their customized ISO for ESXi 6.0 Update 1!

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Breathing some life into my R710
Sep04

Breathing some life into my R710

I recently picked up a (a few months ago) Dell R710 in order to leverage its higher memory and CPU capacity compared to the 2950 III’s I run from time to time in my lab.  I bought it with dual Xeon E5530 CPUs which are 4-core CPUs clocked at 2.4 GHz.  It only came with 12GB of DDR3 RAM, however, which is a bit limiting for an ESXi host. My plan is to swap the E5530’s with E5649 (6-core, 2.53 GHz) or X5670’s (6-core,...

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Dell OpenManage Server Adminstrator and vSphere 6
May27

Dell OpenManage Server Adminstrator and vSphere 6

Dell recently released a version of OMSA agent/provider compatible with ESXi 6.0 and it works really, really well. More details inside!

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Quiet down your homelab!

Hey all – some of you following my blog might already know that I have a few different Dell PowerConnect switches I use for communication on my home network.  I’ve been using a Dell PowerConnect 5424 that replaced my PowerConnect 2724 (the 2724 didn’t support 802.3ad or SNMP, amongst other things).  While the 5424 performed great and supported LAGs for my NAS, it had only a couple open ports remaining and was quite...

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