Updated Quanta Winterfell BIOS fixes issue where you cannot send keystrokes to ESXi via IPMItool

After working this issue with Quanta/VMware since July of 2014, we finally have a new working issue for the Quanta Winterfell motherboards.

What was happening: You could see everything on the SOL interface, but you could not send any key sequences (no keyboard input was being accepted).

You can grab the BIOS here. F03C3A05 Working BIOS Continue reading “Updated Quanta Winterfell BIOS fixes issue where you cannot send keystrokes to ESXi via IPMItool”

ESXi 5.1 serial console based (headless) kickstart

As you saw in my previous post, it takes a little work to get an Open Compute Platform (OCP) server to install ESXi 5.1. The main reason being the lack of video card, the second reason being that only “old people” know serial :)

Keep in mind, my OCP servers (Hyve) have three interfaces, eth2 (Intel 1GB), and eth0/1 (10GB)

That being said, here is the kickstart file I use for my Serial based ESXi install (headless) Continue reading “ESXi 5.1 serial console based (headless) kickstart”

Installing ESXi over serial console (headless, no video card)

I ran into a unique scenario where I had a server to install ESXi on that had no video card (maybe open compute style?). That being said, I figured that PXE installation would be the easiest method.

First lets look at the PXE installation method of installing ESXi…

  1. Server boots, grabs DHCP address then downloads and executes the PXE Linux kernel.
  2. PXE linux kernel then loads /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default – this is the menu system for PXE linux.
  3. ESXi install is selected, at which a linux kernel runs and begins installing the ESXi kernel
  4. The linux boot kernel, calls weasel to start installing the ESXi system
  5. The system reboots and starts loading ESXi Continue reading “Installing ESXi over serial console (headless, no video card)”

VMware to Cut 900 Jobs as Revenue Growth Slows, now what?

After reading the Wall Street Journal Article, attending VMworld 2012 (where it was announced that Pat Gelsinger was replacing Paul Maritz), and after VMware consumes acquisition after acquisition only to wait one, two and even three years before incorporating said acquired functionality into the VMware product line (for which they acquired); I’m beginning to wonder if VMware needs to slow down on the growth and expansion and get back to what they do great! Building the best hypervisor on the planet.

Some observations with my customers: The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) aka VMware View “fire” seems to have been put out due to cost alone. The “java as a service” vFabric craze seems to have never left the ground. Not to mention, I’ve never seen a single Zimbra implementation. Without market penetration, those become some crazy expensive acquisitions quickly. While were at it, throw in the latest gobble-up being Nicira at a meager 1.2 billion (insert Austin Powers voice). Right there, you’ve got four acquisitions that are not playing in the mainstream market where most of my customers live. Perhaps VMware should be more diligent about incorporating acquired software into their application stack with a better sense of urgency.

That being said, all of my customers are VMware customers, all of them using either ESXi 4 or 5 for server and/or desktop virtualization to some point. Hearing that, you’d think that’s where VMware would focus its efforts. Or are they of the mindset that “those customers have already paid their bills, lets find new customers?” That, I don’t know.

What do you see in the immediate future of VMware?