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Ultimaker 2 prints a new feed mechanism for itself!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

I’ve been struggling with the feed mechanism on the Ultimaker 2, so I thought I would get the 3D printer, to repair itself, and print a new one!

New feeder assembly in parts

New feeder assembly in parts

Assembled

Assembled

Assembled and installed

Assembled and installed

I’m now printing another one, on this 3D printer which has been fixed.

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No Digital SLR, No macro lens, no special lighting, Just and old Google Nexus 4 droid smartphone, and some Patience! - A Common Toad!

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

In the dark this evening, I spotted a Common Toad - Bufo bufo

So grabbed my smartphone and took a snap…I thought you would like to see it…

Marks out of 10 ?

Common Toad - Bufo bufo

Common Toad - Bufo bufo (click for full image)

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VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi 6.5a on a HP/HPE DL380 G5 - IT WORKS!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Sad looking DL380G5

Sad looking DL380G5

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 HCL

VMware HCL

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!

DL380 G5 running ESXi 6.0

DL380 G5 running ESXi 6.0

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

CPU_SUPPORT ERROR

CPU_SUPPORT ERROR

from the VMware vSphere ESXi 6.5 release notes

CPUs removed...

CPUs removed...

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!

Not a matched pair of Xeon 5430

Not a matched pair of Xeon 5430

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…

dl380g5-processor-swap1

dl380g5-processor-swap2

dl380g5-processor-swap3

So here you go, ESXi 6.5a on HP/HPE DL380 G5 -” IT WORKS!”

ESXi 6.5 on DL380G5

ESXi 6.5 on DL380G5

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!

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