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how to install OS remotly using Supermicro IPMI? – Server Fault

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/05/31

I wasn’t aware that IPMI more recent than 3.3 also supports virtual media, but in retrospect it’s very logical it does. When managing remote machines, you don’t walk up to it to switch physical media (:

Worked splendid on my X10SRH-CF based server, and even supports SMB based network shares.

The how-to is very simple, steps are for instance at these links:

Note: the for IPMI mounted ISO images, I found out that they will not work in UEFI mode and that you have to switch your BIOS back to LEGACY boot mode:

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ESXi 6.5.0a hang after “balloonVMCI loaded successfully”

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/25

No Google results for¬†“balloonVMCI loaded successfully”.

I had this when booting from a USB installation of ESXi 6.5.0.a.

It got resolved with ESXi 6.5.0 Update 1. Apparently the first version has issues booting on a SuperMicro-X10SRH-CF from a USB stick.

It’s a bit tricky to get the accompanying¬†VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0.update01-5969303.x86_64.iso¬†as the my VMware site is a bit broken (even if you have the license, it says you are not entitled), but luckily the ESXi 6.5 update 1 download page¬†[Cache/Archive.is] has the hashes:

MD5SUM: 6d71ca1a8c12d73ca75952f411d16dc7
SHA1SUM: 5a38ae10162e0a1395b12ea31cba6342796f6383
SHA256SUM: f6e5000dff423c275b3ffbdfe08145f369d04b8c4ade5a413f2ef2a029a5e3ef

You also need a good USB stick. If it’s not good enough, you get errors like¬†“Host Local Swap Location has not been enabled”¬†during boot**.

–jeroen

** full log at for instance [WayBack] 2017-02-03T03:00:01Z crond[66604]: crond: USER root pid 87677 cmd /usr/lib/vmwar РPastebin.com

Posted in ESXi6.5, Mainboards, Power User, SuperMicro, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi, X10SRH-CF | Leave a Comment »

Supermicro | Products | Motherboards | Xeon¬ģ Boards | X10SRH-CF

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/03/01

I still like this board: [WayBack]¬†Supermicro | Products | Motherboards | Xeon¬ģ Boards | X10SRH-CF.

It’s in my main virtualisation workhorse, uses little power, has loads of disk (SAS/SATA) ports, IPMI, two network connections and enough slots for memory and I/O to be extensible.

I use it for most of my software development even when on the road: VPN home over one of the fiber connections and it screams.

Some links, as SuperMicro tends to hide them behind POST requests:

–jeroen

Posted in Development, ESXi6.5, Hardware, Mainboards, Power User, Software Development, SuperMicro, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi, X10SRH-CF | Leave a Comment »

Link archive: ASUS MN78 PRO URLs

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/02/08

Since my brother has this motherboard: M4N78 PRO GREEN.

It does WOL, but doesn’t always wake up when powered down.

–jeroen

ASUS Serial 93M0AI195747; Part 90-MIB7C0-G0EAY00Z; M4N78 PRO GREEN; UPC 61083916977; EAN 4719543169773

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CPU FAN header is called FANA on SuperMicro X10SRI-F and X10SL7-F – Onboard LSI

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/12/22

The SuperMicro X10SRI-F and X10SL7-F boards are very similar, so I was happy that¬†[WayBack]¬†SuperMicro X10SL7-F – Onboard LSI¬†pointed out where the CPU fan was: it’s header FANA which isn’t exactly clear form the X10SRI-F motherboard PDF manual [WayBack]:

FANA is the CPU fan connector

 I never realized that. What is this based on? The manual seemed to be silent about this.

(I connected my CPU fan to the closest fan connector and everything works like a charm, but I’m still curious).

¬†The manual is indeed pretty much silent, although it does IMPLY that FanA is for the CPU.¬† ¬†It shows “FAN1-FAN4,FANA” and then says “System/CPU fan headers”.¬† ¬†You can read this as 5 fan headers that are the system and CPU fan headers; or as 4 headers and one more that are the system fan headers and the CPU fan header.

–jeroen

 

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