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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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The June 2011 Challenge to Blog every-day! - Angus, finds a new cat basket!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Okay, severe lack of blogs recently, so this month I’m going to try the Blog every day challenge!

So as this is the 1st Day of Summer.

We wil kick off with a picture of Angus, that’s found a new cat basket!

Angus on HP LaserJet 2100N

Angus on HP LaserJet 2100N

It becomes a little difficult to retrieve print jobs!

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Rats Nest Part III - Done - Network Upgrade Complete.

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

All done, I need to configure both switches, but all the manual work is complete, old 3COM switches removed, new HP switches installed, and all the network patch cables patched in again.

I’ll just have to wait until Monday morning for the issues to be reported! I predict a busy day Monday!

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Rats Nest Part II

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Spent most of the day un-taggling network cables…but I can now see the light at the end of this very long tunnel.

In case you were wondering the old switches have been divided into two distinct areas, because they are two different physical networks, that will be VLAN-ed on thje new switches. The new switches are installed, and configured, all the VLANs tagged and untagged, so all I have to do tomorrow, is to hopefully connect all the cables back!

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Rats Nest

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

One of my projects on a client site, is to replace all the defunct, old 3COM network equipment with a new core HP Switch. This network communications cabinet currently  has seven (7) old 3COM switches (3300, 3300XM, 3000SM) all requring power, the communications cupboard gets very hot with all this old network switch equipment, and there is no more room for additional networking. So it’s being replaced with an HP core switch. It’s a very tedious job, labelling all the cables pulling them all out, removing all the older networking equipment, and re-installing the new switch, and cabling up again. But it’s a job that needs to be done…

So whilst your reading this today, give a thought for me, in a dusty, dark cabinet, with a rats nest of cables…..

In the long term, the advantages are clear, lower power consumption, less heat, electricity, CO2, and more network connections for more computers!

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What’s in your Man Bag?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

After a few folk on-site recently have been laughing at my “hand bag”. I keep telling them it’s a man bag which I keep my notebook in and a few other things! I’m always complaining to Lindsey about not being able to find her keys in her many bags that she uses, it’s prompted me to take a photograph of the items in my man bag!

Contents of my man bag!

Contents of my man bag!

Contents Include:-

  • Sony Vaio T1XP Mini Notebook and Sony Vaio Case.
  • Sony Vaio T1XP charger and mains cable.
  • Tom Tom GO 520 in hard case.
  • SanDisk cruzer mini 1GB flash drives (2).
  • SanDisk cruzer micro clear body 4GB flash drives (2).
  • SanDisk cruzer micro 4GB flash drive (encrypted) (1).
  • hp 4GB flash drive (encrypted).
  • Corsair Survivor GT 64GB flash drive (encrypted) (including chain and dog tag!).
  • 3 3G MF627 USB Modem with 4GB micro SD card inserted. (encrypted).
  • Cisco Aironet 350 AIR-LMC350 (patched 200mW) PCMCIA card.
  • Cisco Aironet 802.11a/b/g PCMCIA Wireless Adaptor.
  • Linksys Dual-Band Wireless 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g WPC55AG PCMCIA card.
  • Orinoco 802.11b PCMCIA GOLD Card.
  • Senoa special PCMCIA card!
  • N-type to Wireless LAN card pigtails, various types (3).
  • Canon Ixus IS 850 Digital Camera including case.
  • Flash card case including compact flash, SD, Micro SD, Mini SD, Memory Stick, Memory Pro cards.
  • HP Smart Start CD ROMs and ESXi flash modules.
  • Carrying case full of technical CD ROMs.

I’ll not complain the next time Lindsey has difficulty finding her keys!

That’s alot of tech!

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Goodbye Mr 3COM!

Monday, December 21st, 2009

I’ve been using 3COM networking kit for at least 20+ years, it was a real shame that 3COM in 2000, exited the high-end enterprise markets, concentrating on the SOHO market, 3COM switches were never the same again.

I’ve now decided to replace all my 3COM networking equipment with HP Procurve kit, and shortly after doing this, Hewlett-Packard announced, it will be acquiring 3Com for $2.7 billion in cash! So maybe 3COM technology will appear in HP kit in the future.

I’m dumping all my 3COM Switch 3000/3300/1100/1000 switches for HP Procurve 1810G-24 fan less, lower power switches. I’m still keeping the Intel Gigabit Fibre switches for the moment, because the servers all use gigabit fibre connections, so I’ll connect the fibre to mini-Gbics (SFP - small formfactor pluggable) in the Procurve switches.

old 3COM 3300 and new HP 1810G switch

old 3COM 3300 and new HP 1810G switch

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