IBM DS Storage Manager Upgrade.

January 21st, 2009

To Utilize a DS4800 and a DS5100 disk systems on the same server, you will need to upgrade the storage manager software on the server in question, which is easier said then done.

Steps to the upgrade:

1. Install KB932755, select don’t reboot.

2. Install KB939315, and then reboot.

3. When the server is just about to boot up, press F8 and boot into safe mode.

4. Go into control panel, add remove programs, and un-install IBM storage manager 9.X, and reboot.

5. Execute storage manager 10.XX client, select install directories, and type of install, etc. It will mention that the program has reconfigured your MPIO settings, and must reboot the host before continuing. Click on exit, and reboot the server.

6. Log back into windows, execute the storage manager install again, select directory destination options, and type of client install. This time the client will actually install, remove some devices which are the wrong multipath drives displayed in Disk Management MMC. After this you will be prompted for one last reboot.

7. Once your at this step, you can do all the proper zoning, and define your hosts and mappings, and they will show up in the Disk Management MMC accordingly.


Use an old USB stick to install Windows

January 10th, 2009

Cool little util on how to convert an old USB stick into an install platform for WIndows.


New Kitten…

December 29th, 2008

So on Dec 24th, Jackie and I picked up our new kitten. We gave her the name “Lyla” as she is a Lilac Torti Point Siamese. Here is a pic of her getting along with her new bigger sister “Keely”.

Lyla and Keely

Lyla and Keely

iPhone 3G = Unlocked.

December 16th, 2008

Well, looks like they have finally figured out a way to do it. Hurray! looks like cheaper 3G’s will be available in the new year, and without a contract which will be nice!



December 9th, 2008

I think were going to take a shot at this whole blogging thing again….