Install Dell iDRAC Service Module VIB v2.3 for ESXi 6.0

Today I’m working on a PowerEdge R430 which has been in it’s box way too long. There were some firmware updates, etc. but also no OS or anything. I took to installing Dell’s customized ESXi 6.0 U2 With the dell servers, they have a great offering of VIBs to help integrate their management services. For this server, I’ll be installing the Dell iDRAC Service Module on ESXi 6.0 U2 on a PowerEdge R430. The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) Service Module is a lightweight optional software application that can…

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Install Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB on ESXi 6.5

My Dell PowerEdge R220 wasn’t showing me any stats about my server components inside vSphere, even with the Dell Customized ESXi 6.5 ISO. So I took to installing the OpenManage 8.4 VIB, similar to my 8.4 install on 5.5 First, I’m noting that there isn’t a release of the VIB for 6.5 that I can find, so I used Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB for ESXi 6.0 with success. — UPDATE 4/28/2017: Dell has released OMSA 8.5 and a VIB for ESXi 6.0-6.5. UPDATE 2/28/2017: The 6.5 VIB is available from Dell…

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Detach volume and mark all disks as new in FreeNAS (erase everything)

This might seem like a no-brainer… I guess the UI is just a bit misleading, I don’t know. I wanted to erase my freenas disks, but I guess “detach volume” didn’t sound convincing enough? Anyways, this is new for me because usually I’m worried about losing my data and avoid wiping out volumes like the plague. Today, I’m wiping out a FreeNAS 9.10 server to re-purpose. I wanted to rebuild the array for better performance. It’s very simple to (willfully) destroy a volume in FreeNAS: Log In to FreeNAS Navigate…

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Converting VMware Workstation, Player, or Fusion VMDK to VMware Infrastructure VMDK

This week I was converting a bare-metal windows server into an ESXi host while preserving the original OS. I ran into some trouble because I saved the VMs to a UNC share instead of cloning it directly to a vSphere server. I copied the VMX and VMDK files output from VMWare converter to my ESXi datastore. It uploaded fine, but it wouldn’t boot.   Module DevicePowerOn power on failed. Unable to create virtual SCSI device for scsi0:0, ‘/vmfs/volumes/datastorename/VirtualMachineHome/VirtualMachineDisk.vmdk’ Failed to open disk scsi0:0: Unsupported and/or invalid disk type 7. Did you forget…

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Install Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB on ESXi 5.5

I am provisioning a PowerEdge T320 which is running VMware vSphere 5.5 We have been recently deploying cloud or hyper-v based infrastructure. With that said, our ESXi docs were somewhat dated.   I have in my repository Dell OpenManage 7.4 VIBs OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-7.4.0-876.VIB-ESX55i_A00.zip As of 2017 you can get Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIBs ‘OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-8.4.0-2193.VIB-ESX55i_A00.zip’ for 5.5 and other versions here. SSH must be enabled on your hypervisor Upload the ZIP to your datastore Login via SSH to host Execute the installation Wait 2-5min (or until prompted) Reboot host To execute the installation:…

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