Jul 03

Intel i217-LM network adapter dropping connections

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Issue: You notice intermittant drops in connections on the network, slow network connection or complete loss of connection.

Affected: Intel i217-LM NIC (Used by HP, Lenovo, Dell in their recent Desktops)

If you have a lenovo. HP or Dell business class desktop, it’s very likely that you have an Intel i217-LM network adapter. With more expensive switches you will be able to detect what is happening. If you are using a less expensive switch then you’re wondering what is going on.

Cause: The i217-LM is causing an ICMPv6 multicast storm. Continue reading

Jun 26

Intel now offers an 18 core processor

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Intel has released 12 new 22-nanometer Xeon E7 v3 processors. The power consuption will be as predicted with a range of 115W to 165W. If you need more processing power you’ll find the number of cores going from the low end Quad to an 18 core superstar. These new processors support both DDR3 and DDR4 allowing for a mind bending 12TB of memory on an 8-socket motherboard.
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Mar 23

VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 highlights

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There’s been an assortment of events, videos and articles about the launch of vSphere ESXi 6.0 from VMware. Being the virtualization fan that I am I confess I’ve been taking the version out for a spin since the beta.

I thought of doing the Pros and Cons to be different, but the Con side would be rather thin. As you can imagine Vmware continues to push the limits by allowing more of pretty much everything you can think of. Continue reading