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  • Blog Post: Enabling USB 3.0 on Dell PowerEdge 13G Servers with Microsoft Windows Server Operating Systems

    This blog was originally written by Gobind Vijayakumar and Perumal Raja from DELL OS Engineering Team. With Dell PowerEdge 13G servers, we have provided the option of enabling support for USB 3.0 for your operating system. This blog focuses on the enabling this feature with Microsoft Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: USB3 Kernel Debugging with Dell PowerEdge 13G Servers

    This blog was originally written by Thomas Cantwell, Deepak Kumar and Gobind Vijayakumar from DELL OS Engineering Team. Introduction - Dell PowerEdge 13G servers ( Dell PowerEdge 13G servers ) are the first generation of Dell servers to have USB 3.0 ports across the entire portfolio. This provides...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper on HA clustering with RHEL 6.5 and PowerEdge VRTX

    I have been working together with our RAID storage team on some guides for configuring HA clustering on Linux. The first such whitepaper is entitled "VRTX Cluster Configuration on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5". It can be downloaded at < http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the release of biosdevname 0.6.0

    (Posted on behalf of Jordan Hargrave.) Biosdevname is a utility used to help map Linux Ethernet devices to their physical location in a system. Traditionally in Linux, ethernet devices have been named ethX, which may or may not correspond to the Lan-on-Motherboard (LOM) numbering in the system. Biosdevname...
  • Blog Post: VRTX Shared PERC 8 driver for Linux

    After much work and validation by LSI, Red Hat and Dell, a Linux driver is now available on support.dell.com for the VRTX Shared PERC 8. This driver supports the single-controller Entry Shared Mode (ESM) configuration. Work is in progress to support the dual-controller High Availability Shared PERC configuration...
  • Blog Post: Introducing version 2.0 of Dell OpenManage Cluster Configurator for Windows Server 2012 R2

    This post was originally written by Abhijit Sune. Send your suggestions or comments to WinServerBlogs@dell.com . Dell™ OpenManage™ Cluster Configurator (OMCC) for Windows Server® 2012 R2 version 2.0 is successor of OMCC v1.0 released for Windows Server 2012. The Dell OpenManage Cluster...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 - Dell Supported network controllers for KDNET

    With Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft has enhanced its support for Kernel Debugging over selected 10 gigabit network adapters. Debugging over 10 gigabit network adapters is not supported in Windows Server 2012. How to enable KDNET in your OS and Finding Device/Vendor ID’s please refer the below...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 support on Dell PowerEdge servers

    Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 (RHEL 6.5) Operating System on 21 st Nov 2013, kernel version is 2.6.32-431 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 has been extensively validated on supported Dell PowerEdge servers Please refer to the important information...
  • Blog Post: Follow-up: Ubuntu on the Precision M3800

    In my previous post about the Precision M3800 , I noted that there are still a couple of pieces that do not fully work on Linux. Those were the touchscreen, which requires a "quirk" to fix, and the SD card reader, which did not work. I have some updates on those. Kent Baxley of Canonical...
  • Blog Post: VMware ESXi 5.5 Certified Dell PowerEdge Servers

    This blog was written by Kiran Devarapalli and Murugan Sekar from Dell Hypervisor Engineering team. VMware ESXi 5.5 has been released and certified on Dell PowerEdge servers. Below we have captured some of the important points with respect to VMware ESXi5.5 Certified Dell Servers. Dell has highest...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu on the Precision M3800

    Project Sputnik has sought to prove the viability of offering to developers a highly-portable, factory-installed-Linux laptop that is fully supported by Dell. As a contributor to the project, I know that while energy has been focused on the XPS 13, there has been a lot of interest from the community...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Inbox Driver Support on Dell PowerEdge Servers

    Update October 8th, 2013 - Visit the Dell TechCenter wiki page on Windows Server 2012 R2 for more information on WS2012 R2. Windows Server 2012 R2 has been released to manufacturing (RTM)! With this announcement, we are happy to reveal the current state of driver support for Dell servers to help...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Officially Reaches RTM

    Microsoft officially announced RTM (released to manufacturing) for Windows Server 2012 R2 . This means that the OEM partners get access to the gold bits. General Availability for Windows Server 2012 R2 & System Center 2012 R2 is set for October the 18 th . In the mean time, here are a some resources...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Power Management Options in Dell PowerEdge servers specific to VMware vSphere Environment

    This blog is written by Varun Joshi from Dell Hypervisor engineering team. This blog talks about different power management options provided by Dell PowerEdge servers and VMware ESXi. The blog is divided into two sections of which the first section talks about the power management options provided...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Dell PowerEdge RAID Controllers in VMware ESXi

    There are several ways to monitor Dell PowerEdge RAID controller(PERC) health status in VMware ESXi. VMware provides a section for storage in the Hardware Health Status page via vCenter server. However from VMware ESXi 5.0 onwards, the health status of PERC is not available by default. The reason is...
  • Blog Post: Deployment of Dell Customized VMware ESXi 5.0 via gPXE fails

    This blog post is written by Krishnaprasad K and Shiva Katta . There are many methods to install Dell Customized VMware ESXi 5.0 image on a supported system. One among them is by making use of gPXE and webserver. This blog talks about a failure and its resolution when deploying Dell customized VMware...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 Support on Dell PowerEdge servers

    Posted on behalf of Gireesha US from Dell Linux Engineering Team. Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.8 Operating System on Feb 2012, which includes driver updates, bug fixes and support for new hardware. For detailed information, please refer to RHEL 5.8 release...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Enterprise virtualization (RHEV 3.0) works on Dell PowerEdge servers

    Posted on behalf of Gireesha US from Dell Linux Engineering team Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.0 is supported on shipping PowerEdge 11th generation and 12th generation servers (2-socket and 4-socket servers). It has been validated and certified on the list of supported Dell PowerEdge...
  • Blog Post: Custom drivers addition during VMware ESX Classic 4.x installation fails on Dell PowerEdge Servers

    This blog is written by Rohith Radhakrishnan from Dell Hypervisor Engineering team. This blog is specific to VMware ESX 4.x Classic Edition only. The common method of installing VMware ESX 4.x classic edition on servers is by installing it manually using a CD ISO image. This blog focuses on a failure...
  • Blog Post: Quick Steps For Updating System Software (BIOS & Other Firmware) Along With Linux OS Installation Using Kickstart File

    This blog post is authored by Ravi A from Dell Change Management team. A Dell system uses system software (BIOS and other firmware such as RAID controller firmware, PCIe-SSD firmware, Network Card Interface (NIC) firmware etc.) and required Linux operating system. General practice is to first install...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 on Dell PowerEdge servers

    Recently, Red Hat announced the availability of the first service pack to their release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 includes driver updates, bug fixes and support for new hardware, refer to RHEL 6.1 release notes for more info. Some of the new features in RHEL 6.1 include...
  • Blog Post: Time to move on! The GUID Partition Table (GPT) Explained

    This post was originally written by Dell Engineer Perumal Raja. Over a period of time, storage requirements have grown from a few megabytes (MB) to millions of terabytes (TB). In turn, hard-disk storage sizes have also increased in proportion with storage requirements. With 1TB hard disks now common...
  • Blog Post: SR-IOV in VMware ESXi

    This blog post is written by Amit Sharma, Shiva Katta and Krishnaprasad K from Dell Hypervisor Engineering team. What is SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization)? SR-IOV is the specification created and maintained by PCI SIG. It allows a single PCIe device to appear to be as multiple separate PCIe...
  • Blog Post: New Dell Factory Install Virtualization Ordering Options

    This blog post was originally written by Dell Operating Systems Engineer, David Waggoner. Recently, Dell added new options to expand operating system choices during order configuration. One of these options allows you to take delivery of a factory-installed Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Dell PowerEdge-C Server Support for Windows Server 2012

    Dell PowerEdge-C Family is hyper-scale inspired servers and designed with high-density compute performance. They are best suited for Maximum density, memory and serviceability, for large cluster/cloud application environments. Below is the list of Dell PowerEdge-C Servers that is Certified for Windows...