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HP: Upgrading HP Lights-Out(iLO) firmware on multiple servers

by on Feb.25, 2008, under HP

If you ever need to upgrade Lights-Out(iLO) firmware on all servers in your organization then look for tool called HP Lights-Out Directories Migration Utility. This tool is a part of hp Directories Support tool. It is difficult to find it on HP web-pages so you can download it from here. This is version 2.01 (sp31581.exe)
The Directories Migration utility can do more than upgrade firmware. It is used to integrate iLO into Active Directory and use AD groups for authentication. Also it can configure iLO settings.

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HP: Host is unnamed in ILO

by on Feb.17, 2008, under HP

I am using HP Integrated lights out(ILO) management a lot to managed Proliant servers. It always worked fine, but only with Windows OS. If I was trying to connect to servers ILO that is running Unix/Linux/VMware I was not seeing the server name. The ILO page was displaying ‘host is unnamed’.
ILO_name

Finaly I’ve found what was missing.
I have no problems pinging the host by its name. But when I’ve tried to resolve the name from IP, I found the problem. The name was not resolved and that was pointing that there is no PTR record. After creating the PTR record the name also started appearing in ILO. The same problem also effects HP System Insight Manager(SIM).
Note: The name will not appear instantly after you create PTR record.

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HP: New version of HP Systems Insight Manager 5.2 (SIM 5.2) is available

by on Feb.15, 2008, under HP

New version of HP Systems Insight Manager 5.2 (SIM 5.2) is available for download.

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HP: HP Introduces MSA2000

by on Feb.07, 2008, under HP, Storage

HP today introduced a new family of entry-level disk arrays with enterprise-class features that can help customers more effectively centralize storage to lower costs, increase administrator efficiency and reduce business downtime. (Read more)
Technical details of StorageWorks Modular Smart Array 2000 (MSA2000)

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HP: Negative pings ???

by on Feb.01, 2008, under HP

I’ve ran into interesting problem today wile configuring HP SIM. I found out that the network is not stable. So I started troubleshooting by pinging servers and this is what I’ve got.
negative ping
I have negative pings, which does not make sense. So the first thing that popped to my mind was firmware. After upgrading NIC firmware the problem disappeared.

The server is HP Proliant BL25p G2 and NIC is Broadcom NC737i

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HP: Remotely change BIOS settings with script

by on Jan.18, 2008, under HP, Microsoft

Couple months ago I needed to change BIOS setting on all our HP laptops. I wanted to do that remotely because we have many laptops and they are in 5 different locations. After spending some time searching I found very good document from HP.
HP Client Management Interface Technical White Paper (continue reading…)

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HP Expands their Proliant entry level server range

by on Jan.15, 2008, under HP

HP is expanding their Proliant entry level server range with new servers:
HP ProLiant DL180 G5
HP ProLiant DL185 G5
HP ProLiant DL160 G5
HP ProLiant DL165 G5

Also new features added to ProLiant ML110 G5, ML150 G5, ML310 G5 and DL320 G5p

Read more here:
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2008/080114a.html

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Planning MOSS installation

by on Jan.11, 2008, under HP, Microsoft

Here are couple good articles to read before you deploy MOSS

Microsoft
Plan for availability (Office SharePoint Server)

HP
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 on HP ProLiant Servers – Performance Summary
(This document relates to HP hardware, but it is a good guidline what hardware setup could be used in general)

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