Making ESX angry

So I always find ways to make the ESX servers angry. They are always stupid in hindsight. So the first easy way is to attempt to snapshot a VM that has very little space. It will start the snapshot and then run out of space, pausing your VM. And then joy, your vm is not working anymore. It tends to stall out the virtual center and won’t let you shut down the VM either. If you are patient, you can restart the virtual center. Then eventually get the VM shutdown, and then you can remove the snapshot. If you are lucky it will let you start it up again.

Another really fun way to make ESX angry is to delete an iscsi volume that it is actively using (deleting it on the SAN side) if you are stupid enough to do this (like me) you will see BAD THINGS like this

Gah, what a week so far….


IBM 3850 M2 not detecting Intel PRO/1000 PT – 10/100/1000Mbps Dual Port Server Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

For what ever reason if I plug in the adapter into slot 6 or 7 (the hot swap ports) they never are detected. So instead I moved one of our Qlogic HBA’s to the hot swap port, and then put the NIC in the regular port and it works just fine. Go figure.

This post is hilarious!

Interesting Blogger, Seth Godin

I have recently stumbled onto Seth Godins Blog here so far I have been delighted to read his little daily snippets and insights into marketing and general life philosophy. He sounds like he would be a really interesting person to talk to.

His post of today is on asking what do you need me to do

For an entrepreneur\consultant\freelancer etc… he states that this is a dangerous question. So he recommends the proactive approach of letting your clients know what you can do for them. I do think that there is a fine balance between finding out what they think they need (and helping them decide if they really need it, that’s tricky!) and offering solutions that you think they might be interested in.

And interesting side note is that most of the time you can find a consultant who will implement anything you want, I think a really good consultant will question whether you really need what you think you want. (I read somewhere that you can find a consultant to implement a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich if that’s what you want, but I can’t find that quote again… it really cracked me up!)

For example we had a real honest tree removal guy come out and tell us that our tree was just fine (just sun scorched) and didn’t think we needed to remove it. The previous guy had left his car running and given us a removal quote in about five minutes.

Another example could be the case of whether you really need a 100K website if you get maybe a couple of hundred hits on your website and don’t really sell to consumers. It would be insane for the web company to leave that money on the table, but in all honesty shouldn’t they at least mention that the ROI might not warrant the expense?