Perhaps one of Dell’s best kept secrets on their 11G servers (blade, rack and tower) is something called Lifecycle Controller. This innovative offering allows a user to configure the hardware, run diagnostics and prep the server for an operating system. “SO WHAT?” you are probably thinking – “HP and IBM have this with their SmartStart and ServerGuide CD’s!” Yes, you are right, however Continue reading
Looking through my previous posts it would appear that I’m against Dell’s blade server. That’s not the case. The reality is that it is hard to find good technical info on Dell’s product – that is until recently. A search on SwagBucks.com led me to a little-known Dell website, called “Dell TechCenter Wiki“.
The site, located at http://www.delltechcenter.com/, is a Dell sponsored wiki where you can find technical info on servers, storage, and even virtualization. The wiki also provides recorded demos, white papers and even weekly chats with Dell experts to get your hard-to-answer questions answered. Last week’s chat offered an overview of new features available with the Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) for remote monitoring and access of system component information and status of Dell PowerEdge™ M1000e modular blade enclosures.
As you can tell, this information can be extremely valueable to an IT professional with Dell blade servers, so I encourage you to check it out and let me know what you think.