My UCS C-Series Servers are not showing up in UCS Manager?!? What gives?

You read the C-Series Documentation front to back, double-checked your cabling from the VIC (P81E) Card to the UCS Fabric Interconnect, triple-checked your Gb connection from the C-Series management ports to the Fabric Extender, but your Rackmount UCS Servers are still not showing up in UCS Manager…What is going on? Continue reading “My UCS C-Series Servers are not showing up in UCS Manager?!? What gives?”

Moving your vCenter Database

I don’t know how many of you ever have to move your vCenter Databases, but I ran into this after installing vCenter on SQL Express for a small installation.

Even if you install SQL Express manually before deploying vCenter, the SQL installation GUI forces you to install the server binaries AND data files to the C: drive.  Not a best practice in most environments…. Continue reading “Moving your vCenter Database”

Cisco Nexus 1000V v1.5 Install

The Cisco Nexus 1000V 1.5 virtual distributed switch now includes VXLAN support, and I decided to take it for a test drive before adding it to my vCloud Director deployment.

I normally use the command-line install instead of the GUI.  However, just for kicks and giggles, I gave the new Installer a try.  I was very pleased with how improved the process is.

Check out my video below to see just how easy it is Continue reading “Cisco Nexus 1000V v1.5 Install”

Windows 8: First Impressions…Plus, what’s in store for Hyper-V???

I first tried Windows 8 when one of the earlier builds mysteriously wound up on the Internets. It was fairly stable for an older build, but I had a few problems running it as a VM in VMware Workstation 7. So, I abandoned it until an official beta build was released. Enter the Windows 8 Community Preview Continue reading “Windows 8: First Impressions…Plus, what’s in store for Hyper-V???”