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In order to work around the issue processor power management has to be disabled in system UEFI and vSphere Client.

To change power policies using server UEFI settings:

  1. Turn on the server.
    Note: If necessary, connect a keyboard, monitor, and mouse to the console breakout cable and connect the console breakout cable to the compute node.
  2. When the prompt ‘Press <F1> Setup’ is displayed, press F1 and enter UEFI setup. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  3. Select System Settings –> Operating Modes and set it to ‘Custom Mode’ as shown in ‘Custom Mode’ figure, then set UEFI settings as follows:
    Choose Operating Mode <Custom>
    Memory Speed <Max Performance>
    Memory Power Management <Disabled>
    Proc Performance States <Disabled>
    C1 Enhanced Mode <Disabled>
    QPI Link Frequency <Max Performance>
    QPI Link Disable <Enable All Links>
    Turbo Mode <Enable>
    CPU C-States <Disable>
    Power/Performance Bias <Platform Controlled>
    Platform Controlled Type <Maximum Performance>
    Uncore Frequency Scaling <Disable>

  4. Press Escape key 3 times, and Save Settings.
  5. Exit Setup and restart the server so that UEFI changes take effect.

Next, change power policies using the vSphere Client:

  1. Select the host from the inventory and click the Manage tab and then the Settings tab as shown in ‘Power Management view from the vSphere Web Client’ figure.
  2. In the left pane under Hardware, select Power Management.
  3. Click Edit on the right side of the screen.
  4. The Edit Power Policy Settings dialog box appears as shown in ‘Power policy settings’ figure.
  5. Choose ‘High performance’ and confirm selection by pressing ‘OK’ radio button.

For those of you who may have followed along on my original post of me troubleshooting of an IBM X3650, I found a system planar for $20 (lol). Just arrived today, with shuttle, which is awesome. I’ll be putting this in the server chassis today and hopefully getting a successful boot.

Left is the new board and right is the old.

Update 5/12

After being out of the office with other tasks, I finally had some time this morning to get this swapped out.

Everything went well with the exception of the memory. I had to put in 2x1GB sticks in DIMM slots 1 and 4 as the previously installed 4GB modules were not working and I was finally able to get a POST.

The BIOS at post is 1.03 and ServeRAID 8k-l initialized. I do need to update the BIOS as well as ServeRAID BIOS. The board I swapped from was at BIOS 1.19 and ServeRAID BIOS was at 17003.


I’ve been experiencing a weird issue with a decommissioned server. I have an IBM x3650 7979 server with a ServeRaid 8k-l controller and during boot it just hangs at Booting the Controller Kernel and will eventually error with unable to start controller.  This post will document things I’ve done to try to resolve this issue.

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Just got our new IBM Storwize V3700 unit in today. Isn’t she sexy?!


V3700 Startup

This is a video I took using my Samsung S5 of the startup of the V3700.  Loud.  Kickass.  What more could I ask for?  Maybe the SSD drives that will be arriving Monday…  If you listen closely, you can hear the “IBM wind” when it kicks into warp speed mode.

System Initialization

I’ve never experienced system initialization like with this V3700.  A USB drive is provided which contains a pre-configuration application.  I ran through the installer and configured the IPv4 address for the server and then inserted the USB drive into a USB port on the left canistor.

Here are some screenshots of the system initialization software in case you’re curious.

Post Initialization – Web Access Setup

The web interface is interesting to say the least.  It seems fast and responsive using Google Chrome latest release.  These are screenshots of the setup “wizard” after initialization.

Web Management Interface

The interface is pretty awesome.  Lots to explore within it.  Here are some screenshots of some of the top-level items on the interface.