How to upgrade iDRAC firmware on Dell PowerEdge servers

Technology has come a long way.  Dell has a feature on their PowerEdge servers called “iDRAC”.  It stands for Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller.  What this does, is it enables technicians remote access to the server even if the server is shutdown.

This piece of technology, like all technology, needs updating periodically.  I’m going to go over how to upgrade the firmware, which is also called the Lifecycle Controller.

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How to show the running config on a Dell PowerConnect 2848 switch

Today’s post is very short.  I’m upgrading switches for one of our clients and as part of that, I need to ensure we capture all current configuration.

The easiest and fastest way to do that on the Dell PowerConnect 2848 Switch is to telnet into the switch using Putty.  (my personal favorite terminal tools)

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How to upgrade your hard drive to a solid state drive

In tonight’s post, I will walk you through how to upgrade your hard drive to a solid state drive.  Before I do that, I wanted to tell the story of how I restored my wife’s five year old laptop to almost brand new by upgrading the hard drive to a solid state drive.

My wife had an old Toshiba laptop that was dog slow.  It took her several minutes to boot up, log in and also minutes between launching applications.  She got so frustrated, I actually caught her before she bought a new laptop at Best Buy.  I promised her that I could fix her computer for less than $200.

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Windows Update Fix for HP t520 Thin Client

This will be more of a technical article, and very short.  I ran into an issue the other day when trying to run Windows Update on the Windows Embedded 7 (WES7) HP t520 Thin Client.

We needed to get this patched because there was an issue with the RDP program that was updated through a patch.  We now keep all of our HP t520 Thin Client machines fully patched.

I was sitting there trying to run Windows Update from the Control Panel and it kept saying that the settings are controlled by the system administrator, wouldn’t let me proceed.  I got super frustrated until I found the solution.

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