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Cisco C200 M2 SR-IOV for Hyper-V

In my lab I am using three Cisco C200 M2 rack mount server for my Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts. Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V brings support for SR-IOV which didn’t really work on my C200 M2 servers. Today I updated my Cisco servers to the latest firmware Release 1.4(3p).

After the update I checked the BIOS settings and found a new setting which allows to enable SR-IOV.

SR-IOV Cisco C200 M2

It’s great to see that vendors are bring support for the new features which are supported in Windows Server 2012.

Cisco UCS supporting Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

Windows Server 2012 Logo

Today I had the chance to visit Cisco Switzerland and got some great news for all Hyper-V and Cisco UCS customers, with the latest release of the Cisco UCS Firmware 2.0.4 Cisco brings support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

Check out the release notes for Cisco UCS Software and the Hardware and Software Interoperability Matrix for Firmware release 2.0(4).

Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC

samsungseries7slatepcwindows8If you have a Samsung Series 7 Slate PC which normally comes with Windows 7 but you want to try out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it, Samsung offers now drivers and a firmware upgrade for your Slate.

You can get it here: http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/

Windows Server 2008 R2 Blackscreen after enabling Hyper-V Role on Cisco UCS

Hyper-V R2 SP1

Today I had a strange problem on a Cisco UCS installation. After you enabled Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, you will get a black screen.

Cisco fixed this in the UCS Firmware version 2.0.1(t).

“After enabling Hyper-V in Windows 2008 R2 SP1 then rebooting, the server no longer shows a black KVM screen and a failure of windows startup and login.”

Release Notes for Cisco UCS Software, Release 2.0  

Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 Server with 3ware 9650SE Raidcontroller

If you need to install Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 on a Server with a 3ware 9650SE Raidcontroller, you can’t just install it on this machine, you can’t even install it with adding the driver during the installation process.

  1. First Update the Raid Controller Firmware by downloading the Codeset ISO from the 3ware Download page UPDATED (Version 9.5.1 or higher).
  2. Burn the ISO file and boot this CD
  3. Update the Firmware
  4. Reboot with the Windows Server 2008 R2 DVD
  5. During the Boot (right after “Press any key to boot from CD/DVD…”) of the CD press F8 and choose “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement”
  6. Now you can add the Raid Controller Driver (Version 9.5.1 or higher) via USB Stick, Floppy, CD or DVD.
    IMPORTANT: You can not add the Driver without an updated Firmware
  7. After you have installed your Windows Server 2008 R2 you can download the latest Drivers and Firmware form here (Version 10.2). I could not found any Codeset ISO with Version 10.2, thats why you have to update first to 9.5.1 (or 9.5.3).

This needs to be done for all Windows Server 2008 R2 Server and Windows Server 2008 Editions.

How to create an HP Firmware Maintenance CD and SmartStart USB Stick

HP has some Maintenance CD’s for the ProLiant Server Serie, but a lot of Servers used in a datacenter don’t have a CD-ROM, so how can you use the HP Support CD’s USB Stick? Its pretty easy if you know how to do it.

What do I need for this:

  • Windows XP Client
  • HP Firmware Maintenance ISO Image or HP SmartStart ISO Image
  • HP USB Key Utility (link)
  • USB Sticks (1GB or more)
  • CD-ROM Drive or Virtual CD-ROM

There are a lot of benefits by using USB-Sticks:

  • faster boot
  • no more space for CD ROMs needed
  • you can update it

And the best thing, you can easy upgrade Firmware Files on the USB Stick by adding them to: