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VMware: ESXi requires the Execute Disable/No Execute CPU feature to be enabled

September 17th, 2012 70 comments

During upgrade my HP DL360 G5 ESXi 5.0 u1 hosts to ESXi 5.1 I received a purple screen with warning message:

 

The system has found a problem on your machine and cannot continue.

VMware ESXi requires the Execute Disable/No Execute CPU feature to be enabled

 

Solution:

Restart the host, press F9 to boot in BIOS mode

Advanced Options > Processor Options > No-Execute Memory Protection, then configure: Enabled

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More information: VMware

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VMware: Illegal OpCode after adding HP NC553i 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric adapter (RSOD)

July 20th, 2012 2 comments

Today I was adding some new HP NC553i 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric mezzanine cards in existing BL460 G7’s.. 3 months ago I’ve installed the latest firmware, the hypervisor installation is VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1 Update 2.. I received this warning messages:

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Adapter type: HP NC553i 10Gb 2-oirt FlexFabric Adapter

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Solution:

VMware released a KB article KB1035114:

When installing ESX 4.x on the ProLiant BL460c G7, BL465c G7, BL680c G7 and BL685c G7 server blades you are required to include network drivers for the NC551i and NC553i network adapters. These network cards use a controller from ServerEngines (now owned by Emulex), and the drivers are included in the Driver CD for ServerEngines BladeEngine 10Gb Ethernet Controller package (currently at version 2.102.440.0). 

 

Install latest firmware:

Download and install the latest firmware firmware, I’ve installed HP Smart Update Firmware Pack 10.10 (you can install the single FlexFabric Network adapter firmware here)

Download supported drivers:

I’ve downloaded the HP “VMware ESX 4.0/4.1 Driver CD for Emulex OneConnect OCe10102 10GbE Adapter (Network Function)” pack with the following supported drivers:

 

  • HP NC550SFP Dual Port 10GbE Server Adapter
  • HP NC550m Dual Port Flex-10 10GbE BL-c Adapter
  • HP NC551i FlexFabric 10Gb Adapter
  • HP NC551m FlexFabric 10Gb Adapter
  • HP NC552m 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter
  • HP NC552SFP 10Gb 2-port Ethernet Server Adapter
  • HP NC553i 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter
  • HP NC553m 10Gb 2-port FlexFabric Converged Network Adapter
  • HP Flex-10 10Gb 2-port 552M Adapter
  • HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 554FLB Adapter
  • HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 554FLR-SFP+ Adapter
  • HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 554M Adapter
  • HP CN1000E Dual Port Converged Network Adapter
  • HP CN1100E Dual Port Converged Network Adapter

Download source: HP

 

Install the latest supported driver:

– Start the host and disable the adapter in the BIOS
– Upload driver via SSH/WinSCP/or (if possible) Browse Datastore..
– To install the driver:

esxupdate –bundle=EMU-be2net-4.1.334.0-offline_bundle-654249.zip update

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Installation output:

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.. reboot the host > enable the adapter in the BIOS, result:

 

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More information: VMware KB

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VMware: HP sizing tool for VMware vSphere

March 16th, 2012 2 comments

Last week I was writing a Technical Design for a customer to create a brand new vSphere 5 environment based on HP hardware (HP P4300 G2 storage and HP DL380G7 servers). I found HP Sizing Tools for VMware vSphere tool at the HP website to size and design storage and server components to run my new vSphere solution.

Here some installation and sizing facts:

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VMware: Host Baseboard Management Controller status

January 3rd, 2012 9 comments

Last week I received some warnings at some HP Proliant DL380 G7’s, the warning message:

Host Baseboard Management Controller status

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The HP branded VMware vSphere 5 installation (build 474610) detected that my colleague disconnected the UTP cable at the ILO interface.. okay.. good to know

If you don’t use ILO (not recommended) you can disable the ILO interface at the ILO bios

Global iLO 3 Settings:

Lights-Out Functionality                        [DISABLED]

iLO 3 ROM-Based Setup Utility              [DISABLED]

Require iLO 3 RBSU Login                     [DISABLED]

Show iLO 3 IP during POST                   [DISABLED]

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VMware: Configure AnywhereUSB/5 G2 in a Virtual Machines

April 6th, 2011 10 comments

I’m working on a project to P2V a bunch of servers to a vSphere environment, In the list of servers to P2V I’ve one USB (Hasp Keys) based license server.. to P2V this server we need a TCP/IP USB Hub to connect remotely the Hasp Key. We bought Digi AnywhereUSB/5

 

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AnywhereUSB Device configuration:

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^ Setup a new root password

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^ Setup a Static IP Address

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^ Install the latest firmware

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VMware: Install HP NMI Sourcing Driver for VMware ESX/ESXi 4.1

March 10th, 2011 4 comments

VMware introduced the capability to register for NMI events in ESX/ESXi 4.1 kernel.

HP is providing the HP NMI Driver (hpnmi) that will work with ESX/ESXi 4.1 kernel to log NMI info to HP Integrated Management Log (IML). Also ESX 4.1 kernel halts the server with PSOD – “Panic requested by 3rd party NMI handlers” to capture a kernel crash dump on panic after an NMI event is received.

If ESX/ESXi 4.1 does not have the HP NMI driver installed and in the event of a hardware fault, HP ProLiant systems may not shutdown due to the NMI event. The NMI event will be logged in the kernel logs and the system will continue execution.

Installation:

esxupdate –bundle=hp-nmi-bundle-1.1.02.zip update

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Download agent: HP

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VMware: ESXi 4.1 installation hangs on “multiextent loaded succesfully” HP DL380 G7

December 23rd, 2010 6 comments

Last week I build a rack for a customer with some brand new HP DL380 G7’s, pre-sales decided (happy me) to install ESXi 4.1.. after creating a RAID10 (2x 72GB) configuration on HP SmartArray 410i I started the installation.

After the installation my first boot, ESXi keeps hanging on “multiextent loaded successfully” .. rebooted once again.. no result, waited more then 20 minutes.. still no result.

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Watching some log files (ALT + F12) I saw some warnings/errors:

Could not detect setting of QErr for device naa.60a98000572d504c654a573236636b6c. Error Failure

ScsiDeviceIO: 4494: Could not detect settings of QErr for device naa.6005….

LinScsiLLD:

VMWARE SCSI Id: Could not get disk id for vmhba32:CO:TO:LO

 

Solution:

The current (out of the box) firmware for the  HP SmartArray 410i was 3.03 , upgrade to version 3.66 (latest).

But… to solve this issue you need to delete the current array configuration and create a new one. Run the ESXi 4.1 installation again and the problem is permanently solved.

I know.. before you plan to install a new server.. first install the latest firmware with the HP Firmware DVD (955 mb).. I thought.. I’ll do this later.. NOT!

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Hardware: Performance tweak Windows 7 64-bit with OCZ Agility 60 GB SSD

March 10th, 2010 1 comment

Last week I bought a brand new OCZ Agility Series 60 GB SSD for my workstation as OS disk. I started a fresh Windows 7 64-bit installation and made some software tweaks for optimal performance. Down here some of those little settings to maximize your performance.

I already upgraded the firmware to the latest level v.1.5

My computer specs: click here

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VMware: Tweaking my ESXi whitebox memory – Asus P6T SE + OCZ Gold PC3

February 11th, 2010 No comments

Few days ago I read some information about memory tweaking on my PC / USB ESXi 4.0 whitebox. I got the this hardware configuration at home:image

 

The OCZ Gold 3 stripes with 2 GB each are default rated on 1066Mhz, but they can communicate with 1600Mhz (triple channel!). Time to change some settings in the bios of my Asus P6T SE motherboard.

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