February 20, 2021
by dhoytt
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Updated Systems in My Environment

Decided to do some updated on several systems in my environment. I updated my streaming media server running on W2019 Data Center, my Centos 8 Linux system that runs my: music server relays, Plex Media Server an Zoneminder CCTV software. I also updated my Fedora 33 Linux workstation, my W10 Pro Workstation version workstation and my Linux Centos 7 VM website server and another VM with Centos7 running Plex media server, plus some test VM’s I’m going to stand up some gaming servers on eventually.

After updating my Centos 8 system I needed to run the Zoneminder update perl script “zmupdate.pl” to upgrade the database to match Zoneminder version 1.34.23 and then “systemctl start zoneminder” to start zoneminder. IceCast and ShoutCast came up just fine after changes I made a few months ago.

I also updated WordPress plugins and themes after backing up the database.

Everything looks good after these updates!

February 20, 2021
by dhoytt
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Updated Streaming Server Relays

I updated the streaming server relays on my Centos 8 Linux system that hosts the IceCast and ShoutCast relays for my streaming server, so connections were down for about 15 -20 minutes. I’m now performing some security updates on the W2019 Data Center server that has my Sam Broadcaster Pro software that provides my music line up to pipe into my music relays and will reboot that soon as well.

February 15, 2021
by dhoytt
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Gritty HPE C7000 Blade Enclosure Update

I updated my HPE C7000 blade enclosures Virtual control modules to VC-Enet 10/24. I then updated the firmware to 4.85 so that it wouldn’t rely on flash in the browsers which as of this year is blocked for security reasons in browsers. That all went pretty well. I was of course unable to trick the new modules into taking the old configuration since the hardware is pretty different but a guy has to try, but gave it just one try due to the known futility.

Once I got old modules out the new modules in and needed to start the new network configurations I discovered some of the fiber sfp’s say unsupported in virtual connect manager. This was a mixture of 10gb sfp’s and 1gb rj45 adapter sfp’s for things like my CCTV cameras. Well got that sorted after I went to BJ’s restaurant got some food a nice cold beer out of the garage fridge and nourished myself plus watched whatever was on the TV when I turned it on. Turns out the RJ45 1GB sfp’s needed to be in a select spot which are one of the four right ports as you face the modules. The 10gb modules were a different story as the sfp’s with part number 455891-001 no longer worked so I had to swap a lot of things around to get sfp’s with the part numbers 455885-001 in the module ports plus at the other end in the MikroTik switches. I’m sure this is all in the quick specs for the virtual control modules and I’ll order some more for backups and other configurations later.

After tracing wires making sure they were going to the appropriate switches and ports I decided to log into the MikroTik switches and name them appropriately since they show the switch name if its a managed switch in the virtual connect port information and that makes it so easy to verify I’m working with the correct network without peeking at the switch or ports or getting off my butt.

The goal in IT is always engineer or design things for monitoring or manipulating for butt sitting and access from anywhere in the world if possible. Put in that work on the front end then only serious hardware upgrades like today do you need to get down and dirty! Back your S#$% up too!!

Creating the networks again and making sure the server profiles had the appropriate networks assigned to the various ports went rather smoothly.

The bl460c gen7 servers came up smoothly one with w2019 Data Center which has the Spacial Audio SAM Broadcasting software I use to control the music and the Centos8 server which has the ShoutCast and IceCast relays I send the music out on to the world. My only issue now doesn’t concern at this time and that’s the bl460c gen8 servers going full power overload and shutting down with power overload symptoms or getting this error “1706 the extended bios data area in server memory has been overwritten..” then the systems shutdown.

Well I started looking for some firmware updates but you know how that goes I could only find old firmware for my 530m or 554m flex fabric NIC’s. I started trying to regulate the power settings via ILO but I don’t have the Advanced ILO license on my bl460c gen 8 systems. I then hits this article older article on a blog :https://practicaladmin.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/firmware-mismatch-with-flexfabric-adapters-causing-gen8-bl460-blades-to-not-post/. Well of course why not do the old process of elimination. I took my flex NIC’s out one by one and the system finally booted when neither was inserted. Well I was connecting to my 3rd network off that flex fabric NIC in mezzanine slot 2 and had some wild plans for the NIC in slot 1.

My wild plans will have to wait I decided to use my remaining 455885-001 SFP’s that had been creating a stacked link between the flex modules and use them to a flex module port in bay 1 to my third network’s switch for my XCP_NG hypervisors that are my bl460c gen8 blade servers. I then made the corresponding changes to my server profiles booted up and presto I have my beautiful XCP_NG hypervisors back up! I’ll move my VM’s back to the bl460c gen 8 servers later that I migrated to my old reliable Dell R710’s while I performed this update. Time for bed and then I’ll get up and tackle why some ports are not forwarding on my switch for my third network.

February 14, 2021
by dhoytt
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System Back After Blade Enclosure Update

I updated my HPE C7000 blade enclosures Virtual control modules to VC-Enet 10/24. I then updated the firmware to 4.85 so that it wouldn’t rely on flash in the browsers which as of this year is blocked for security reasons in browsers. That all went pretty well. I was of course unable to trick the new modules into taking the old configuration since the hardware is pretty different but a guy has to try, but gave it just one try due to the known futility.

Once I got old modules out the new modules in and needed to start the new network configurations I discovered some of the fiber sfp’s say unsupported in virtual connect manager. This was a mixture of 10gb sfp’s and 1gb rj45 adapter sfp’s for things like my CCTV cameras. Well got that sorted after I went to BJ’s restaurant got some food a nice cold beer out of the garage fridge and nourished myself plus watched whatever was on the TV when I turned it on. Turns out the RJ45 1GB sfp’s needed to be in a select spot which are one of the four right ports as you face the modules. The 10gb modules were a different story as the sfp’s with part number 455891-001 no longer worked so I had to swap a lot of things around to get sfp’s with the part numbers 455885-001 in the module ports plus at the other end in the MikroTik switches. I’m sure this is all in the quick specs for the virtual control modules and I’ll order some more for backups and other configurations later.

After tracing wires making sure they were going to the appropriate switches and ports I decided to log into the MikroTik switches and name them appropriately since they show the switch name if its a managed switch in the virtual connect port information and that makes it so easy to verify I’m working with the correct network without peeking at the switch or ports or getting off my butt.

The goal in IT is always engineer or design things for monitoring or manipulating for butt sitting and access from anywhere in the world if possible. Put in that work on the front end then only serious hardware upgrades like today do you need to get down and dirty! Back your S#$% up too!!

Creating the networks again and making sure the server profiles had the appropriate networks assigned to the various ports went rather smoothly.

The bl460c gen7 servers came up smoothly one with w2019 Data Center which has the Spacial Audio SAM Broadcasting software I use to control the music and the Centos8 server which has the ShoutCast and IceCast relays I send the music out on to the world. My only issue now doesn’t concern Snakeice’s House of Beats at this time and that’s the bl460c gen8 servers going full power overload at boot up causing issues and I’ll address that on my main personal blog @ https://dhoytt.com/mainblog/ once I get that taken care of! Plus I still have some serious wire management I need to do later down the line and ip.address groupings.

For now enjoy the fruits of my labor by listening to some mixed genre music from the data center in my upstairs bedroom I call my personal cloud because I don’t want my data on somebody else computers\clouds if I don’t have to!

February 14, 2021
by dhoytt
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Updating the Blade Chassis Environment Systems Going Down

Since I need to try and restore my configuration on my new Virtual Connect modules in my HPE C7000 Blade Chassis I need to power down and apply the configurations. Hopefully the backed up configuration from my VC-Enet 10/10 modules takes to the new modules VC-Enet 10/24 modules. Should the configuration not do what I like I may end up rebuilding my entire networking environment on the blade chassis end. This may affect drivers in the various OS’s on my blade servers as well, we shall see how long this process will be!

I did this backup so I would not have to workaround viewing the Virtual Connect environment in web browsers that no longer support flash. I could have done workarounds to having standalone flash stations in my environment or did all cli but decided I didn’t want to take away my flexibility to administer the environment from different systems. Better to make the changes now than later!

February 4, 2021
by dhoytt
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Interesting Random Genre Work Out Mix

Time to get into that workout mix I have been long neglecting! I need an interesting mix since I’m in such poor shape at this time.

This Gumbo workout mix will have some of the following type of artists: Shalamar, Rock Master Scott and the Dynamic Three, Queen, Pop Smoke, Kitty, Aretha Franklin, Blondie along with some Too Short and many artist like this.

The will move into some more mellow tunes with artists like TLC, Rose Royce, Adele, Kem, Paul Hardcastle.

Well you get the picture its a plethora of genre’s and eras in that unique Snakeice House of Beats style.

January 30, 2021
by dhoytt
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New Workstations Notes

Well I built 2 new powerful workstation, one using Windows 10 Pro Workstation and the other Fedora 33 Workstation but of course with all types of server packages. The Windows workstation I’m using Asrock X299 WS/IPMI and the Linux Fedora 33 ASUS x99ws/ipmi. I put both into cases with hot swap backplanes for SAS with matching SAS controllers and K1200 Quadro GPU’s.

I have had to update bot motherboards BIOS and IPMI but the ASUS I had a few more challenges but tonight was able to get the IPMI working but not sure I’m happy with it since it requires the onboard VGA to be activated and when it’s activated it doesn’t see to allow my NVIDIA K1200 Quadro to run its one of the other and I am not going to 1024×768 video or the ‘90’s when I have these nice Display Port GPU’s. I will see what suggestions ASUS support can give me they have been pleasant but hoping for more.

Anyhow tried every iteration I could think of with monitors and in the bios now to determine if I want to keep the ASUS which was initially put out a few years before the Asrock X299 mother board I bought or can I get it to perform like the Asrock where I can go into a better resolution of 1920×1080 even on the VGA port but then extend to my Display Ports on my K1200 Quadro.

More on this later going to try to get some sleep and to think I thought I was going to bed early at about 11am, that didn’t work out!

January 30, 2021
by dhoytt
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Updated Streaming Music Server OS and Sam Broadcaster Application

Well I was working on getting my Linux workstation’s IPMI working properly and then see if its working in the manner I wanted when I decide I may as well start the W2019 OS updates on my streaming server. After 3 reboots I brought up my streaming software Spacial Audio’s SAM Broadcaster noticed a new version and decide to update that as well.

Another nice late morning getting my domain updated and future proofed. More to come as I will be updating my HPE C7000 Flex modules soon as well.