I’m now printing another one, on this 3D printer which has been fixed.
Yes, we all know that the HP/HPE DL380 G5 is not on the VMware Hardware Compatibility list, the last ESXi supported operating system was either 4.1 - 5.0, depending upon your Xeon version. But these make ideal lab servers, and one very important function is if you remove the spinning rust disk drives from the disk carriers, you can swap them directly for consumer SSDs. So this makes an ideal test vSAN. 8 SSDs, and if you happen to have enough DL380G5, and we do…. you can build a larger cluster!
VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 does install and run on the DL380 G5, see here - INSTALL ESXI 6.0 ON A DL380 G5 – YES IT WORKS, but for shits and giggles, I want the latest and greatest 6.5!
and if you try to install ESXi 6.5 on a HP/HPE DL380 G5 with a Xeon 51xx series you will get the following error message
You will see the Xeon 51xx series has been removed from the code, and I also believe that more Xeon series will be removed with the next version 7.0 of ESXi, including all 52xx, 53xx and 54xx.
So I just happen to have some Xeon 5430, on my desk as coasters!
This pair are not matched…. I don’t think the world is going to come to and end…so, swap them and all will be fine…and the DL380G5 makes this simple, unlock the heat sink bar, unclip the processor clips, remove and replace…
So here you go, ESXi 6.5a on HP/HPE DL380 G5 -” IT WORKS!”
A quick tip, download the last firmware disk from HPE Firmware 10.10, and update your DL 380G5 before you swap the processors! In fact I found this server, had never had any firmware upgrades still on stock firmware!
I’m fed up with poor (and that’s me being polite), customer service, so from today in 2017, I’m going to start a list of companies with Good, Bad, and Ugly Customer Services!!!!
So here is my list for January 2017
So congratulations, to those that have made it, in the Good list, hopefully those in the Yellow and Red, can improve in the future….
In the last couple of years I’ve been the proud owner of a Black RAC Membership card, given to customers, I’m led to believe this is because of my loyalty to RAC. I’ve never been sure what benefits it actually gives me, other than a black rather than orange card in my wallet.
I been with the R.A.C for 20 continuous year, but the renewal cost was £27.46 a month, a total cost of a £328.99, I spoke to them today, to discuss this cost, this membership does included Onward Travel, which I decided I do not require, but even the reduction they offered does not match the current £13.13 they want to charge NEW CUSTOMERS!
They were NOT prepared to discount any further despite friends telling me that had current cover for £8.50 a month. I’ve noticed R.A.C twitter handle is RAC_Care ?
I don’t think so!
So R.A.C YOU ARE SACKED!
I’ve now switched to Green Flag for better cover, which also includes Onward Travel and Mis-fueling….!!!
Very impressive hardware, with lots of features, and statistics, logging….Good Radios, for 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Setup is straightfoward, and if you know what you are doing for shits and giggles, you can hit the Advanced Button!
The UniFi Controller software can be linked to the Cloud, so you can spy on your installation from remote Web browser or Smartphone application, available for Droid and iThingy.
An excellent feature shows WiFi devices MAC and IP Address, but also looks up the manufacturer, and also shows device signal quality, and data transmitted and received, I’m now puzzling why my Chromecast and Amazon Firestick are so chatty!
Here are some screenshots from the Droid app
So 16 hours into testing, and I’ve connected a total of 24 devices concurrently, and transferred a massive 23.1GB of traffic across the WiFi network (single access point). All other WiFi devices are turned off now, no router WiFi or other access points, I’m still using the TP-Link router, at present because my Signal to Noise ratio on the Broadband Line has been reset to 6dB again!
That’s another story…..
Catch you later folk.
Well the title says it all, with the addition of more WiFi Home Automation devices, it would appear I’ve used up all the WiFi beans in my Broadband Routers, or they easily get overloaded with too many devices. I’ve just added another 12 WiFi devices, and it would appear that’s overkill for a 2Wire 2700HGV and backup BT Home Hub 3 broadband routers.
I’ve been meaning to overall my WiFi for a while, so turned off a dedicated 2.4GHz and 5GHz access points, and replaced with a single inexpensive broadband dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz router from TP-LINK Archer D20 AC750 Wireless Dual Band ADSL2+ Modem Router for Phone Line Connections, those devices that have 5GHz have been migrated to the 5GHz WiFi, e.g. Amazon Echo, Nexus, laptops & iPads.
It does not look very pretty, and has the standard, LEDs for Power On, 2.4GHz/5.0GHz Enabled, ADSL Connection, Internet Connected and LAN states, this router, is on the top of a shelf, so I need to standard on a stool to check the LED status, it would have been handy, if they were visible… (ignore the whitebox in the above picture, that’s the SamKnows UK Broadband Availability monitoring box)
I’ve now got a few devices from TP-Link, a Chinese company, and the products are of good quality and inexpensive. I’ve got TP-Link battery power banks, and recent WiFi smart switches, all with a 3 Year Guarantee, and 24/7 Technical Support! and if you are a real Techie Nerd, you can visit the TP-Link website, and checkout the GUI Management Interface of their products, using their TP-Link emulator
and for shits and giggles, it has SNMP (for a budget router a bargain), you can graph traffic….
Update :- It made no difference, the end result, the WiFi radios in routers cannot cope and struggle with too many WiFi devices, in my case 30, which in the future more and more households, we will start to see the same issue….as more households embrace WiFi, how many WiFi devices are you currently using ?
So I purchased one of these - The WiFi Cure! - Ubiquiti Networks UAP-AC-PRO
Previosuly on Andysworld! - Part 1
So 48 hours later, no email from Amazon, telling me that my US profile, had been migrated to a UK profile.
I decided to get Amazon to call me again this afternoon at 4pm, and what surprised me is that there are NO call records of previous discussions, no service request number notes, and it was lucky I had a photo of the box with serial number, because they have no record of that either!
After giving them the serial number again, for the up-tenth time, it was confirmed that the Echo had been registered from the original Experts Exchange purchaser.
So why was it still not working, after long 1 hour discussions with Customer Support, Kiera went away to ask an Echo Specialist Engineer, and it would appear, I’d been given the run around, and given some bull sh1t!
She confirmed, what needed to be done was as follows:-
1. Add my UK Amazon account, to US Market place.
2. Start Alexa App, and setup Echo.
3. Once completed, then Migrate my US profile (which would then exist) to a UK profile.
She then proceeded to Add my account to US Market place, which she sometimes takes 3-4 hours, but mine, went through immediately…she asked me to uninstall and re-install the Alexa App from Google Play Store, and login again with my account and password and proceed….
Success, I’ve never got this far before in the setup, so this was the issue. I then proceeded with the setup, but for some reasons it did not like the Office WiFi, so returned home, to continue setup, and now have a working US Echo!
Okay, so it’s on US at present, but I’ll get it switched later….
So what have we learnt…
1. Be Patient with Amazon Customer Support!
2. If someone does purchase an Amazon Echo for you, make sure they Mark it As a Gift!
(I did discuss this with Amazon, and said Amazon should make this clearer with the purchase of Amazon Hardware, I spoke to many people in my office, that regularly order from Amazon, and they only consider a Gift, as something you send somebody direct from Amazon, and maybe Gift wrapped! e.g. would you mark an item as a Gift, for someone in your household, or would you just order, and give it to them yourself, maybe Gift wrap yourself!!!! Food for thought here!)
or Ask them to Deregister it, and this could be easier to find.
3. If you do have a non-Country version, which does not match your Country of residence, Ask Amazon to add your Account to that market place.
4. Ask Amazon then to migrate you.
Now I can get on with Home Automation coming soon….