Only detected a i686

One of the servers I manage is currently running Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) but in a little over a month 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) will be making an appearance. Now there’s no good reason for me to be rushing out an upgrading but it’s got to be done at some point so I thought I’d get my hands on a nightly build of 14.04 to see what’s changed.Continue reading

Applying Updates on ESXi 5

I was recently faced with the task of having to apply updates to an server running ESXi 5. Now, you would think that this would be a pretty simple job but it actually turned out to be more difficult that I would have though. The main problem was that I couldn’t find any concise instructions. I found a couple of guides but they were so complex I was pretty sure something would go wrong before I got to the end. Hopefully this guide is so simple nothing can go wrong…Continue reading

Monitoring an LSI MegaRAID on ESXi 5

I’ve been installing a new ESXi 5 based VMWare server recently. The machine contains an LSI MegaRAID 9260-4i RAID card and four decent sized disks. The host operating system installed fine and I thought everything was going well until I got almost to the point of completion when I went to check that error reporting was working. To my surprise there was no information available on the state of the RAID array.Continue reading

LSI MegaRAID Firmware Upgrade under VMWare

I was recently faced with the task of upgrading the firmware on an LSI MegaRAID 9260-4i RAID card. Normally this would be a fairly simple process as LSI provide an easy to use command line utility called MegaCLI. The difficulty was using this utility on a machine that was running VMWare ESXi 5 Update 1. This article describes the steps I went through to perform the update.Continue reading

Switching on Hyper-V Management

I recently installed Hyper-V on a spare machine to have a bit of a play with it and to find out if it would be suitable for a little virtualization I would like to do. Everything was going really well up to the point where I wanted to manage the server. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to start the Hyper-V manager.Continue reading