iRST & iRSTe drivers - Intel Rapid Storage Technology & Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise

Just found a nice forum post that keeps track of Intel's RST/RSTe drivers. I'm a bit sceptical since I can't find the latest version on Intel.com but thought I'd post the link here so I can go back later and have a look. It might be legit, it might not.

Intel's RST/RST(e) AHCI/RAID Drivers @ Fernando’s Win-RAID Forum


SysAdmin inventory and accounting software worth checking out (updated)

This is yet another update to my list of SysAdmin inventory and accounting tools. I just did some searching for SysAdmin inventory tools and accounting and found the following I'd like to check our some day:


Great Compare websites (updated)

This is a second update to my list of compare sites. This was the last post last year

Size up your PC in less than a minute - http://www.userbenchmark.com/
Compare computer hardware - http://cpuboss.com/
Compare Digital Cameras - http://snapsort.com/
Compare Cars - http://carsort.com/
Compare Smartphones - http://geekaphone.com/
Compare TV screen sizes: http://displaywars.com/
Compare graphics card: http://www.hwcompare.com/

Compare sizes of "all" things: http://www.sizeasy.com/


How to configure multiple VLANs on QNAP TS-869U

It's unbelievable that QNAP still doesn't support multiple VLANs on a single bond0 interface via GUI when they now just released the QTS v4.1.0 NAS Operation System for QNAP. The underlying Linux OS (QTS) does support it, and there should at least not be any problems with Intel chipsets. Some are reporting problems with Marvell.. but I haven't tried.

I wanted to use the QNAP as a iSCSI storage for my LAB using a second interface while having full redundancy and get max bandwith (2x1GbE) for my ESXi hosts, and I didn't want that interface routed. At the same time I of course need the possibility to manage the QNAP system via the main interface, which is routed.

This CLI "hack" will at configure the QNAP for a second VLAN interface that will be persistent during reboots. It's not been verified that it works after an upgrade of the firmware, but I presumed it will.

To get this to work I presume you already have the following working:
  • Network onfigured with LACP with an IP for management with gateway etc.
  • A small DataVolume created in your StoragePool.
    • I've created a volume of 10GB called 'SysVol01'
    • In this volume there should be a .qpkg folder: /share/CACHEDEV1_DATA/.qpkg
  • QTS v4.1.0 installed (only version I've tested - 2014-06-26)
  • Know how to login with ssh and edit files with 'vi'.

The configuration and output below indicates that I already have a VLAN 10 for management and I'm adding a VLAN 20 for iSCSI without gateway, and enable JumboFrames.

Click 'read more' to see the CLI configuration...


Force Dell BIOS Upgrade

I just experienced a problem upgrading a Huawei N8300 OceanStor NAS Engine node (OEM'ed Dell PowerEdge R710 server).

Running the linux binary update file looked good and it asked me to reboot. After reboot the same old v2.1.15 BIOS was there, not the latest v6.4.0 (as of writing this small post).

Next up was creating a FreeDOS Bootable ISO with the bios update program included (see this page for how to do that in Windows). Running the BIOS upgrade program from FreeDOS (virtual media and DRAC) I got this error:

Cannot use a "Dell System PowerEdge R710" BIOS in a " -  "
Pres any key to exit.
ROM update not performed.

After some googleing I found the solution on Dell Community Forum - use the /FORCETYPE option.

So to force the update, I just ran the update package with that option (I had renamed the file for 8.3 DOS filename):
R710-640.exe /FORCETYPE

And thats it. v6.4.0 BIOS up and running :)


VMware Virtual SAN

Just found whats looksl like a good article about VMware Virtual SAN. Putting a link her so I can go back to read all of it later when I have time.

Article: VMware Arena - VMware Virtual SAN : Basics of VSAN


Where did your Chrome URL go?

You may have noticed lately, at least this happenes in my Chrome v35 beta, that the entire URL has vanished and only the site FQDN is showing?


FQDN, but no Complete URL. Annoying if you ask me

First I didn't find any solutions while googling, so I started to og through all the advanced and experimental settings ("flags") for Chrome and at the bottom I found the solution/configuration.
Open this URL in Your Chrome: chrome://flags/#origin-chip-in-omnibox
This will give you this:
Even the flag url is hidden, showing only "Chrome"
Now, by setting this setting to 'Disabled' and restart Chrome everything is back to normal, or at least the way I prefer it - the COMPLETE URL is shown :) 

Much better!

Later I started googling for the key Words in the settings, like "origin-chip" and found some more information: http://chromespot.com/2014/01/17/you-can-now-customize-origin-chip-url-address-in-chromium/


Great blog series on installing VMware vSphere 5.5, SQL Server 2012 Failover Cluster and Windows Server 2012 Unattended installation

Just found a few great blog series I'd like to share:

  • vSphere 5.5 Install
  • SQL 2012 Failover Cluster (on VMware)
  • Windows Server 2012 Unattended Installation