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Install VIOS Straight to a (SAN) LUN


The plan is to install VIOS straight to a SAN LUN, and NOT to a local disk drive.

  1. Download the VIOS Install ISO’s and burn them to a DVD-R (Required to be associated to your IBM Account + hardware)
  2. Have LUNS carved up and presented to the target system
  3. Place VIOS Install DVD 1 in the media tray, and in Advanced Management Module (AMM) associate Media Tray to Blade 1.
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Measuring Network Bandwidth Using iperf


perf is a simple, open source tool to measure the network bandwidth. It can test TCP or UDP throughput. Tools like iperf are useful to check the performance of a network real quick, by comparing the achieved bandwidth with the expectation. The example in this blog post is from a Solaris system, but the instructions and testing methodology are applicable on all supported platforms including Linux.
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Configuring IBM Flex System Manager (FSM)


Flex System Manager is the management component for the Flex System stack. For a pure VMware setup, and only X series compute nodes, a FSM is not required. When running a hybrid environment (when P series blades are in place); a FSM is required. The FSM controls the application, network and storage virtualization for the P series compute nodes. One FSM will control up to three chassis’ (one rack) of equipment. Currently there is no redundancy available for FSM.

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