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HP Virtual Connect Manager

While change the configuration of within a HP Virtual Connect Manager I noticed that I didn’t have any options to delete server profiles, Ethernet Networks or Shared Uplink Sets within the web browser.

I needed to change the configuration dramatically from an active / standby configuration to an active / active configuration. I also needed to change the complete server profile configuration and Ethernet Networks configuration.

I noticed that I can also connect through SSH to the HP VC Flex-10 Enet modules. This presents a CLI with different command options. And of course I had more options within the CLI compared to the web interface.

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HP Virtual Connect Management CLI v3.18
Build: 3.18-3 (r46087) Apr  1 2011 17:45:49
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GETTING STARTED:

help           : displays a list of available subcommands
exit           : quits the command shell
<subcommand> ? : displays a list of managed elements for a subcommand
<subcommand> <managed element> ? : displays detailed help for a command

->?

Through the CLI I had the option to remove the server profiles, Ethernet Networks and the configured Shared Uplink Set. The help command (?) is very useful to check the command syntax to remove different configuration settings. You have to remove the different items in the correct order. I used the following order:

  1. 1. Server Profile : remove profile <profile_name>
  2. 2. Ethernet Networks : remove network <enet_name>
  3. 3 Shared Uplink Set : remove uplinkset <sus_name>

When you try to delete the items in the wrong order you will receive an error message on the console, like shown below.

->remove uplinkset SUS1
ERROR: Operation not allowed : The requested shared uplink set is currently in use by one or more networks

After deleting the configuration I configured my desired setup. The configuration can be a lit bumpy, which depends on the firmware used with the Virtual Connect Manager. I found a very good article on configuring HP Virtual Connect Manager in conjunction with ESX, Windows Hyper-V.

HP Virtual Connect Ethernet Cookbook: Single and Multiple Enclosure Domain

TIP: when configuring or changing Ethernet network settings on a Server Profile, first unassigned the profile from the bay. Changing settings on an unassigned profile is much faster than on an assigned profile.

Cisco Connect – Software Download Entitlement Controls

I read about it on the internet and last week I received the “official” mail from the Cisco Partner Channel about the changes regarding the Software Download Centre Entitlement Controls. The e-mail (in Dutch) can be found below. I have different feelings about the changes regarding the software entitlements. It isn’t possible anymore to just download any software with a CCO of PICA (Partner Initiated Customer Access) account from January 2nd 2011.

Downloading software is only possible for networking components with a valid ‘software- download‘ contract (like SmartNet). If you have a contract to download software for a specific Cisco Catalyst switch, you can only download the software of that switch. So check your Cisco Service contract, like serial number and part ID, check if they are correctly registered and if the contract are registered to the correct CCO ID.

Sadly for me, as consultant, it will be very hard to download the latest software. I have a valid CCO account, but as a company we don’t have any support contracts to download software. Not only the change in software entitlement, but also the change in the license structure of the hardware and software feature set has impact on my daily work. It is getting harder and harder, and in the end, maybe impossible to check the latest features with tools like GNS3 and Dynamips. Not only for testing purposes, but also for studying purposes. Emulating software with Dynamips is extremely powerful when you try to achieve CCIE or other certifications.

On the other hand, I can also understand Cisco that they try to protect the copyrights of their products and the investment of the paying customers. I know that multiple vendors make their software available for free, but I know some of these vendors and they have very poor software maintenance. Sometimes you need to downgrade after upgrading an image. Or specific releases just disappear and aren’t supported anymore.

I guess we have to get used to the new concept and in a couple of months or years we don’t know better. I am positive that somebody will find new ‘solutions’ for the download and feature set ‘problems’.

Beste Partner,

Zoals u wellicht weet is voor het gebruik van Cisco software een licentie vereist. Een licentie die betaald is en waarmee u software kunt downloaden. Dit spreekt voor zich. Echter, voorheen was het mogelijk om met een CCO of PICA (Partner Initiated Customer Access) account met ‘software-download toegang’ alle IOS software te downloaden. Ook van producten die niet binnen het contract vielen. Cisco heeft tot op heden een zogenaamd trust model gehanteerd.
Om de copyrights van onze software producten te beschermen, herzien we in december alle contracten op basis van betaalde licenties. Partners die betaald hebben voor de service kunnen in de toekomst software blijven downloaden. Diegenen zonder licentie hebben vanaf 2 januari geen gratis toegang meer. Op die manier beschermt Cisco het intellectueel eigendom en uw investering in de producten.
Om deze wijziging zo goed mogelijk te laten verlopen, vragen we u als Partner het volgende te doen voor 2 januari 2011:

• Check hier of uw Cisco Services contract(en) volledig zijn en vul eventueel ontbrekende gegevens in, zoals serie nummers, part ID’s (productserie en typenummer) en locaties.
• Verifieer of al uw Cisco producten geregistreerd staan op het Cisco servicecontract en dat u geldige licenties heeft voor de Cisco Software.
• Bekijk of alle servicecontract(en) aan de juiste gebruikersnaam en CCO ID zijn gekoppeld op www.cisco.com
• Controleer of al uw medewerkers geregistreerd en geautoriseerd zijn en check of hun gegevens ook correct zijn ingevuld.

Vanaf 2 januari 2011 controleren we standaard alle software die wordt gedownload op licenties. De download snelheid vertraagt niet. En als u geregistreerd bent, ondervindt u geen hinder van deze wijziging tijdens het downloaden.

Mocht u naar aanleiding van dit bericht vragen hebben, stel deze gerust aan uw Partner Account Manager.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Cisco

Fred Gerritse
Directeur Partner Organisatie