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CentOS 6.4 Mellanox 10GB Driver Install on the Open Compute Windmill V3 server

Our build out of the Open Compute Windmill V3 server utilizes the¬†Mellanox MCX342A XCAN 10GbE, 2-p SFP+ mezzanine card.¬†By default, the Mellanox card is not natively supported by CentOS 6.4. [root@server /]# lspci | grep Mellanox 06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Mellanox Technologies MT27500 Family [ConnectX-3] That being said, I had to download the appropriate driver from […]

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OpenCompute Winterfell RHEL/CentOS PXE boot over serial console

The main issue with installing OS’s on these Winterfell servers is the complete lack of video card :) Your only option is serial console using the USB > Serial header adapter. So the task is to install RedHat or CentOS (or other RHEL style OS’s) via PXE, with serial console only access. To do this, […]

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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… Server boots, grabs DHCP address then downloads […]

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