ESXi on old hardware Error 10 – Out of resources failed to malloc MMIO

At home I use a old Dell Precision T5600. It has 16 cores total with 128GB of memory and while old its still good for running multiple workloads via ESXi. In the 6.x days I had no issues with ESXi, however with 7.0 I now get the CPU is unsupported as well as many other warnings. However I was able to run 7.0 Update 2 build 17867351 without issues. When I first installed ESXi I used BIOS to install and to run it since it never worked with EFI and at the time I did not bother to figure out… Continue Reading


racadm quick dirty cheatsheet

iDRAC racadm quick and dirty cheatsheet. racadm command can be issues via iDRAC/CMC/OS if svradmin-racadm is installed. Also you can specify -h option to access remote servers RAC as long as you have network access. Also if you are having problems with racadm “Failed to initialize transport” install openssl-devel. full documentation for iDRAC7 can be found here. % Get all iDRAC settings in a file racadm get -f config.txt If you like you can change the contents of config.txt and apply it back to iDRAC racadm set -f config.txt % Set password for root user racadm set iDRAC.Users.2.Password PASSWORD” %… Continue Reading


Dell SUU on 64bit CentOS/RHEL

Dell SUU (Server Update Utility) is a tool provided as an ISO from Dell that runs on windows and linux to search for drivers and firmware updates. In 32bit CentOS/RHEL SUU runs without problems however in 64bit correct pre-reqs are required for SUU to work correctly. SUU manual is located here. yum -y install glibc.i686 compat-libstdc++-33.i686 libstdc++.i686 zlib.i686 libxml2.i686 libXp.i686 libXtst.i686 ncurses-libs pam.i686 procmail mount the ISO. you can do this 2 ways. #1 using virtual media in the IDRAC or #2 loop mounting the iso from the OS after transferring the ISO to the OS. Check for updates ./suu… Continue Reading


Dell OMSA 101 – mirroring and bootstraping

If you have a environment that has a lot of dell servers and want to get storage and chassis information OMSA is the way to do it. If your machines have access to the internet you can easily download it from linux.dell.com and install it however if you have a good number of servers and/or do not have access to the internet via your servers you will most likely want to mirror the repository so that you can install it from your trusted host. In this post we will assume that we have a trusted host that has access to… Continue Reading


Inspiron 530 Linux Experience

So recently I purchaed a Dell Inspiron 530 with Core 2 Quad CPU.  According to Dell this computer can only take up to 4GB of memory but it always has the intel G33 chipset and according to intel it should be able to do up to 8GB of memory. From looking at the motherboard it looks like its a OEMed Foxconn G33M motherboard but of course Dell put their own bios and did not solder in 2 of the sata connectors.  If you go into the BIOS you can see 6 SATA connectors but on the physical board itself it… Continue Reading