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I'm not sure if I can help you much because we're not using Dell servers. But it looks like I can at least help you with the acronym VIB: VIB stands for vSphere Installation Bundle. It's basically a software packaging format like RPM. Dell Custom ESXi distribution should contain at least one, but quite probably several, additional VIBs with drivers and ...


Install the Dell Custom ESXi distribution or just add the Dell .VIBs to an existing install. That will provide you with Manufacturer-specific hardware awareness. In your vCenter, add the requisite alerts for the "Host Hardware Health". That's all I monitor, since it's a bit of a catch-all for host health conditions.


USB and Serial connections don't support daisy chaining on any hardware without some kind of hub. A cheap USB hub or serial port concentrator connected to the monitoring PC would work fine. Alternatively, you could always purchase and install the management cards yourself. Might be worth the investment as they would then be network accessible to any PC.


you are using the wrong tool and the wrong how-to. To PXE install Windows 8 you can use MS WDS as a server service or you can use Serva as a faster method instead (I'm related to Serva development). see here how to do it: http://vercot.com/~serva/an/WindowsPXE1.html


I created a "Post Build" Drivers section for my TS. Those drivers which I have found fail the TS I pop into this section and use dpinst to install (64 or 32 bit). This is used for various HP, Dell and Lenovo bits n bobs which as I said fail when deployed with the drivers install task. Having a post build drivers section also makes good sense in the long ...


I got an answer from Dell Support on this. It is normal that one cannot access the iDRAC for some period during reboot, because the "NICs must also reboot during a reboot" http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20060878 A poweron / powercycle when the server is down is supported if the switch is configured to support Wake-On-LAN.


I have an auto-it script that create a csv file from a list of service tag by polling the Dell support website. You could follow the same logic to extract other information and put them into csv format http://fei-automation.blogspot.hk/2014/09/how-to-check-model-for-list-of-dell-pc.html


joeqwerty's answer is the best way to go. For obtaining the drivers for installing using the approach you were trying to take though, you can just download the "ZipPack" type EXE file, which is just a self-extracting archive. The file for 2008 R2: DELL_MULTI-DEVICE_A02_R283425.exe The file for 2008 x64: DELL_MULTI-DEVICE_A02_R283424.exe This extracts to ...


You should be using the LifeCycle Controller to install the OS, which will include the appropriate drivers for your RAID controller.

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