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Apr
14
Intel NUC: Wall Mount Monitor And NUC
Posted by Philip Elder on 14 April 2014 12:34 PM

Original Posted Here: MPECS Inc. Blog: Intel NUC: Wall Mount Monitor And NUC

We initially had a bit of a puzzle as to how to mount both a monitor and the Intel NUC on the same wall mount monitor arm.

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In the end the solution proved to be quite simple.

As seen above we took the stock Intel NUC mounting plate and attached it on top of the Ergotron’s mounting plate using the Erogotron supplied mounting screws. The Intel supplied screws were a bit too short to pass through both mounting plates.

The finished product looks like this:

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It will be used as a training station for our client. The keyboard and mouse are wireless so they can sit or stand anywhere in the area to work on the machine.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Cluster MVP
MPECS Inc.
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen ASP Project
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Mar
28
Flash Multiple Intel or LSI RAID and SAS HBAs Together
Posted by Philip Elder on 28 March 2014 07:08 PM

Original Posted Here: MPECS Inc. Blog: Flash Multiple Intel or LSI RAID and SAS HBAs Together

We ran into a bit of a question mark around updating the SAS HBAs (Host Bus Adapters) in our Scale-Out File Server nodes. The question being how do we update all of the SAS HBAs in the server without having to take things a part physically.

When looking at the HBA.NSH file that comes with the firmware update for EFI Shell we see the default command line in the batch:

  • sas2flash -f Intel\gb.fw -b mptsas2.rom -b x64sas2.rom

A quick search on the SAS2Flash utility and we found the LSI manual here:

In the guide we find what we need:

  • sas2flash -fwall Intel\gb.fw -b mptsas2.rom -b x64sas2.rom

Once we power cycled through POST and CTRL+C into the HBA BIOS we saw:

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Happiness is not having to pull apart the server systems to update things one at a time!

Philip Elder
Microsoft Cluster MVP
MPECS Inc.
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen ASP Project
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Third Tier: Enterprise Solutions for Small Business


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Aug
20

We followed these instructions to set up a dedicated external port for each Compute Module NIC as we have several physical networks to work with (lab and management).

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The catch was after completing the settings on Switch 1 everything kept working but once Switch 2’s Save Settings button was clicked on packets stopped flowing in and out of the IMS switches.

We did not, however, figure out exactly what was going on until we ran through the setup process a number of times as it turned out that one of the mezzanine network adapters has a faulty port thus contributing to the confusion.

After running through the setup process a few times we were able to replicate the problem consistently.

A call into Intel Channel Support and about 45 minutes with Christian and we had the answer:

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Disable Span Tree for the external ports.

  1. Click on Configure Ports
  2. Change the Spanning Tree setting for the VLAN dedicated external ports
    • image
  3. Click Apply
  4. Click on Switch 2
  5. Repeat

Once we had the above two steps complete:

image

All four NICs showed green and our setup went live without a hitch.

We have one Compute Module running as DC and two others as Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V nodes for a 2012 failover cluster.

We then have two Intel Server System SR1695GPRX2AC 1U single socket servers tied to a Promise VTrak E610sD that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 set up as Hyper-V nodes for a 2008 R2 cluster.

Now that we have this networking problem figured out we can move on to our work!

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
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www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

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Aug
20

We followed these instructions to set up a dedicated external port for each Compute Module NIC as we have several physical networks to work with (lab and management).

image

The catch was after completing the settings on Switch 1 everything kept working but once Switch 2’s Save Settings button was clicked on packets stopped flowing in and out of the IMS switches.

We did not, however, figure out exactly what was going on until we ran through the setup process a number of times as it turned out that one of the mezzanine network adapters has a faulty port thus contributing to the confusion.

After running through the setup process a few times we were able to replicate the problem consistently.

A call into Intel Channel Support and about 45 minutes with Christian and we had the answer:

image

Disable Span Tree for the external ports.

  1. Click on Configure Ports
  2. Change the Spanning Tree setting for the VLAN dedicated external ports
    • image
  3. Click Apply
  4. Click on Switch 2
  5. Repeat

Once we had the above two steps complete:

image

All four NICs showed green and our setup went live without a hitch.

We have one Compute Module running as DC and two others as Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V nodes for a 2012 failover cluster.

We then have two Intel Server System SR1695GPRX2AC 1U single socket servers tied to a Promise VTrak E610sD that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 set up as Hyper-V nodes for a 2008 R2 cluster.

Now that we have this networking problem figured out we can move on to our work!

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


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Jul
6

We are in the process of updating the firmware on our Intel Modular Server from v6.5 to v6.8 on our way up to v6.10.

When we uploaded the file using Modular Server Control (MSC) we came to the point where the firmware would not go any further before we reset the Storage Controllers into Safe Mode.

image

The process of flipping the two Storage Controllers into Safe Mode takes about five to ten minutes with a few CONFIRM steps required.

Once they are offline, we are able to move on with our firmware updates:

image

Given that storage is offline this particular update will need to be run after hours. A backup is mandatory for any servers whether physical or virtual prior to running this update (we only back up the guests in the case of a Hyper-V Failover Cluster).

image

IE10 is a waste of time. IE9 in Compatibility Mode with the MSC in Trusted Sites will work for the most part. Third Party browser may be the best option for this process.

Note that the IMS will go into Limp Mode once the first SCM goes offline. That means that hearing protection should be worn during the process.

image

The update process can take anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes to complete. Please budget time for this process accordingly.

Intel Modular Server Support:

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


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Jul
6

We are in the process of updating the firmware on our Intel Modular Server from v6.5 to v6.8 on our way up to v6.10.

When we uploaded the file using Modular Server Control (MSC) we came to the point where the firmware would not go any further before we reset the Storage Controllers into Safe Mode.

image

The process of flipping the two Storage Controllers into Safe Mode takes about five to ten minutes with a few CONFIRM steps required.

Once they are offline, we are able to move on with our firmware updates:

image

Given that storage is offline this particular update will need to be run after hours. A backup is mandatory for any servers whether physical or virtual prior to running this update (we only back up the guests in the case of a Hyper-V Failover Cluster).

image

IE10 is a waste of time. IE9 in Compatibility Mode with the MSC in Trusted Sites will work for the most part. Third Party browser may be the best option for this process.

Note that the IMS will go into Limp Mode once the first SCM goes offline. That means that hearing protection should be worn during the process.

image

The update process can take anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes to complete. Please budget time for this process accordingly.

Intel Modular Server Support:

Philip Elder
MPECS Inc.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

Chef de partie in the SMBKitchen
Find out more at
www.thirdtier.net/enterprise-solutions-for-small-business/

Windows Live Writer


Read more »




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