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How to Install MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM) on your Softlayer Server

If you have a Softlayer bare metal server and you want to install the latest or upgrade to the latest MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM), this guide is for you. You need to first identify the RAID card used on your server. In our test example, the RAID card is MegaRAID SAS 9361-8i.  You can find the MegaRAID Storage Manager software here: http://www.avagotech.com/products/storage/raid-controllers/megaraid-sas-9361-8i#downloads

  1. On that page download MegaRAID Storage Manager (MSM)
  2. Unzip MSM zipped file
  3. You might have to disable Windows Smart Screen to unzip or run setup
  4. Run setup.exe
  5. Aside from the normal prompted “Next..”, select the following specific options:
  6. Choose Custom during installation and not Complete
  7. Select “Standalone” During client type

    MegaRAID Storage Manager Softlayer Setup

  8. Unless you are using LDAP, set it to “No”
    MegaRAID Storage Manager Softlayer LDAP Setup
  9. Select the defaut, “Since Log Clear”

MegaRAID Storage Manager Softlayer Log Setup

10.   Select the key size “1024”MegaRAID Storage Manager Softlayer Key Setup

11. Hit next and you should be just about done. If you’ve any questions, post below or contact Softlayer.

Using iPerf3 to troubleshoot

Using iPerf3

Using iperf3 is a gift. I use it on a daily basis and I believe it’ll help expedite your network troubleshooting skills. It is the industry standard tool for checking the interface and uplink and port speeds that IaaS providers (aka Cloud companies like IBM Softlayer, Rackspace, AWS) advertise. It is used commonly to test customer claims that they are not getting the Network Interface Card (nic) speeds on their servers that they are paying for. This can happen to a bad NIC, high network utilization at the datacenter, or wrong advertising. There is one way to check and that is to use iPerf3.  Here are the information that I believe are essential. First download iperf3 and then launch cmd (command prompt) in Windows and use cd command to browse to the folder of iperf3 and then run the following commands. It will utilize the iperf3.exe file and run the flags from within command prompt and get you results. You have to have iperf3 running on both client side (sending the packets) and server side (receiving side) for it to work.  Continue reading

Copying and pasting on IPMI KVM Console from SuperMicro

IPMI KVM Console

IPMI KVM Console

If you use KVM or IPMI Console from SuperMicro, one of the annoying things is the inability to copy and paste using the Windows functions. Have no fear, a workaround is here. Additionally a nifty little trick to keep your selected Window on top using Autohotkey’s super power scripting engine. Continue reading