ESXi Intel X710 LLDP Enablement

By default the Intel X710, Dell or Intel branded, have the LLDP agent enabled on the NIC adapter, which causes the DVSwitch’es or for you legacy folks, vSwitch’es to not be able to see LLDP information on the NIC. Fix is to disable the NIC Agent. For Example, if you have 4 total ports in…


PowerEdge 13G boot drive from consumer or enterprise SSD or NVMe via UEFI without BOSS

Use Case: Abiliy to boot an 13G node, either R630 or R730, when using the local RAID or HBA for a storage layer, and wanting to use an additional device for boot. With this procedure and some cheap hardware from Amazon, you can boot from a PCI device, with a U.2 or M.2 SSD or…


iDRAC Performance Issues

Do you have an iDRAC 8 that is acting sluggish, no virtual console, or take forever to validate credentials?…


ConnectX-3 Pro Firmware Upgrade

Helpful commands and links to upgrading ConnectX firmware in ESXi…


SuperMicro: IPMI fan sensor threshold to 0 or del

Finally, a way to get SuperMicro boards to stop blasting the fans for low RPM, quiet fans…


Dell PowerEdge 13th Gen Fan Noise

An excellent excerpt from another blog…


Manual Control of Dell PowerEdge Fan Speed (12G, 13G)

If your like me and have a home datacenter, or have a bunch of Dell servers a small home lab, the fan speed curves in the iDRAC are very aggressive. They are normally used inside data centers where audio reduction is not a priority. Being said there are some simple tweaks you can do to…


oVirt Setup with PowerFlex (ScaleIO) Storage

For many of us out there, running VMware as the only hypervisor is quite expensive. Especially when using a SDS type of storage solution, such as PowerFlex, or legacy ScaleIO. In this post, will contain pointers and gotchas, which require modification to successfully deploy. Configuration of Engine & KVM Hosts For this deployment, a standalone…


iSCSI Storage for VMware ESXi

A million opinions on storage for ESXi over iSCSI from FreeNAS/TrueNAS, all boiled down…


VMware ESXi iSCSI Max IO Size

A long awaited find and tweak to iSCSI performance…