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Dell EMC VXRAIL useful tips & trics

VXRAIL Manager election:
During powerup the vxrail manager vm will start on one of the nodes.
To find out which host is running the VM:
– connect to the DCUI (login with root Passw0rd !)
– enable ESXi shell
– ALT-F1 to open ESXi shell
– run following commands:
#vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms
#vim-cmd vmsvc/power.get 1
– ALT-F2 to exit ESXi shell

How to find the installed VXRAIL code on the ESXi host:
#esxcli software vib list | grep marvin

How to change the primary IP of the VXRAIL manager VM:
#vxrail-primary –setup –vxrail-address –vxrail-netmask –vxrail-gateway –no-roll-back –verbose
#vim-cmd vmsvc/getallvms (find the ID of the vm)
#vim-cmd vmsvc/power.get 1
#vim-cmd vmsvc/ 1
#vim-cmd vmsvc/power.on 1

How to change VLAN settings
#esxcli network vswitch standard portgroup list
#esxcli network vswitch standard portgroup set -p “VM Network” -v 120

Some esxcli commands
ESXi build: #esxcli system version get
Hostname: #esxcli system hostname get

enter Maintenance Mode: #esxcli system maintenanceMode set –-enable true
exit Maintenance Mode: #esxcli system maintenanceMode set –enable false
Status Maintenance Mod: #esxcli system MaintenanceMode get

Shutdown ESXi (first set maintenance mode): #esxcli system shutdown reboot -d 20 -r “Test reboot”
IPv4 Config of all interfaces: #esxcli network ip interface ipv4 get
Command list: #esxcli esxcli command list

“work in progress…”


unboxing Dell EMC Unity 480F



skate ramp included 😉
Unity XT 480F

rack attach screws

Power on and look for the identification tag

attach 2 network cables to management network ports

tag with serial#

Configuring UNITY, the basics

** Get started and download the latest version of DellEMC Unity Connection Utility


default: admin Password123#

** Ready, set, go !

stop Chrome Reddit popups

since a few weeks for some reason I’m getting these weird popups in the lower right corner of my screen about REDDIT.

If you like me want to get rid of those REDDIT Popups, see screenshot (Chrome Settings).

just use following link in the Chrome addressbar: chrome://settings/content/notifications


Byebye popups ! 😉


VNX DPE / DAE SAS cabling

A quick note to clarify SAS cabling between EMC VNX and extra enclosures or DAE’s as they are called.

When setting up a VNX with only the base DPE enclosure, there’s no need for cabling.

When adding the first and the second enclosure, you need a special kind of SAS cable, called the “mini-SAS to mini-SAS HD cables”.

When adding a third enclosure or more, you need a “mini-SAS to mini-SAS cable”.



The following is an overview on the partnumbers for both situations:VNXSAS