Infiniband cluster Part 1

Overview and installing the operating system

Intro:

To facilitate testing of our software and so that support can model possible customer environments I was tasked with setting up a cluster with infiniband. I was excited as the system was a Dell PowerEdge blade cluster (our 1st blade system) and we have never used or deployed infiniband (this would be our 1st infiniband system), in fact other than a basic “we have heard of this and know (very) roughly what it is” no-one in the group had any real knowledge of it. After a few hours of searching the deepest recesses of the Internet I had a limited understanding of how to setup the system. I know how irritating it is to have to read the crud in order to find that wee gem of info so from here on I’ll mark the paragraphs of the article so those of you wanting to “just get it done” can skip them.

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SCCM Get Dell warranty info

2011-07-11: This method is now deprecated please go here: http://ninet.org/2011/07/dell-hp-warranty-info-in-sccm

LAST UPDATED: 2010-09-22

UPDATE 2010-09014: Dell have changed the layout to add an extra field in the contracts section so the scripts are broken

Version 2: work around for computer account that can’t access the internet http://ninet.org/2010/03/sccm-get-dell-warranty-info-v2/

I found a script and mof edit here: Sherry Kissinger’s Blog at myitforums.com

However when I tried it, it was completely broken all the data being returned in the wrong place. So I have rewritten it so that it is more modular and hopefully easier to maintain.

Now a bit of a disclaimer, my vbs skills are very rusty so the script works though it probably isn’t very efficient. So if you can suggest improvements please do and I’ll update the script as needed.

Although the code is long most of it is comments and “wscript.echo” statements for debugging, feel free to strip them out if you want something more compact.

I have also added the ability to dump the results to a csv file that you can collect with SCCM if you don’t want to capture from WMI.

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Dell Scraper

Due to failings in the past, our inventory system is in need of a revamp as it is missing both systems and information as part of the revamp we decided to scrap everything we new and reinventroy everything. We use a lot of dell systems and I figured that as we had collected the service tags of a number of systems we could get the info about that system from the dell site. I wrote a quick python script to take a list of service tags and output the system info as a csv file in the format “tag, shipdate, SysType, Ram, HDD, Support”.

E.g.

"4GXCB1H","2008-03-29","Latitude D430","2GB","80GB","3Y NBD INTERNATIONAL (NEXT BUSINESS DAY);UPG TO 4Y NBD INTERNATIONAL (NEXT BUSINE"

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