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Solved: The updates you are trying to apply are not Dell-authorized updates

When I booted into System Services using F10 on a Dell PowerEdge T710 to run the Platform Update on the LifeCycle Controller (translation: the firmware connects to Dell's FTP site and downloads and installs firmware updates for you) I saw "The updates you are trying to apply are not Dell-authorized updates."

After the initial wry smile about Dell firmware connecting to a Dell site to download Dell drivers and then failing and calling them "not Dell-authorized," I proceeded to do the following:

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Solved: Mystery DHCP Requests from Dell R815 Broadcom NeXtreme II NICs

Listen, my friends, and I will tell you a tale of mystery MAC addresses, DCHP, and Broadcom woes.

It all started when we got a new server. A Dell R815, to be exact. The specs looked great, it could hold a ton of RAM for some of our bioinformatics projects, and the cost was low. Everyone was happy.

Then one day someone called and said, hey, there are a ton of DHCP requests and we've traced them back to [room that server is in]. Here's the MAC address: 002xxxxxxxd1.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 on Dell OptiPlex 990 Initial Impressions

I received a Dell OptiPlex 990 and installed RHEL5 on it. Some preliminary observations:

  • I wanted a RAID 1, so I reached for a trusty 3ware 8006-2LP, which is a 64-bit-capable SATA RAID PCI card that I typically run in a 32-bit PCI slot. But the OptiPlex 990 has placed a heatsink directly behind the PCI slot. The card can't physically fit in the slot because the heatsink is in the way. That led to my next adventure.

Multiple monitors with Windows 7 and an ATI FirePro 2460 (FireMV)

When planning a triple or quad monitor setup with Windows 7 and an ATI FirePro™ 2460 Multi-View Professional Graphics card, read the small print.

In my case, reading the following small print from the data sheet carefully would have saved some time:

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