/20140417 - Upgrade fritz's ram, fix kvm
/20130626 - Fix fritz, try to kill cable mess
- 2010-12-22 - Installed KVM cables for fritz. Cabinet is packed, organizing cables would be nice but not necessary right now.
- 2010-12-08 - Went to install KVM cables, but the VGA cable had the wrong gender on one end. rkd noticed that one drive in deleuze had failed. Ey pulled and re-inserted the drive, and clinton fiddled with megaraid, and it worked again (still working as of the next visit). clinton is monitoring via megaraid software.
/20100130 - shrink partitions on fritz's disks
/20100105 - install fritz
/20090821 - get hopper working, plus other cleanup.
2. To Do
- Add RAM to fritz
- Replace ethernet cables with shorter cables
- All of our ethernet cables are about 10'. They could be about 2'. The cable mess makes it nearly impossible to work in the back of the rack.
- Check if Startech IPKVM is alive
There's a chance the power adapter died, acquire a positive-polarity 12V/1.5A power supply and see if the IpKvm works again.
- If it is, ensure that it is accessible from the Internet and double check KVM connections.
Lower priority things that can/must be put off for now
- Remove gaps between servers. Which ones depend on whether we end up scrapping hopper, mire, or deleuze first.
- Clean up cable mess in the back of the rack
The KVM cables are all absurdly long and are the primary culprits for mess. If we eliminate the IpKvm in favor of something like an ipmi console we can get rid of them, otherwise we may want to invest in shorter kvm cables.
- Our power cables are also all absurdly long (6' or so). Warning: most of them are Y-cables for dual power supplies.
3. Peer1 facility information
- Peer1 is staffed during the weekdays. The staff have always been friendly to me. If you have questions, call them. For example, they received packages and put them in our rack itself, or helping to install a new machine.
- To get in, you need a access card and key to the cabinet. You enter the lobby of the building (75 Broad Street) and speak to the guard. The guard will ask for an ID and it will be scanned/checked. I'm not sure if this connects to some list of authorized people. Then you'll go to the back to an elevator. It's second floor, I think. You should have 24/7 access using this procedure. The guard can help direct you to the right floor.
- Once on the floor, find our room. There are at least two peer1 rooms on that floor, I forget which room it is. We are in the room that has the staff offices in the back.
- Once you enter our rooms's door, it is on the left, by the wall. We are NYC18 (according to pictures). The key unlocks the cabinet. You can go in the front and back both, and take the doors off for easy access.
- In the back (south side) of the room, there is a public room of various supplies. There's a small router with DHCP as well as various tools for your use (use ethernet to connect to it). Occasionally you can find useful parts here.
- There are crash carts, with monitors and keyboards, lying around. Just look around until you find what you need. You can plug it in at some wall socket. Our machines have front monitor/USB/PS2(?) ports, so work from the front.
- When you are there, there usually isn't open wifi around. You can usually get cell reception. Plugging into our own switch would require a static IP, and there may not be room on the switch. Best to plan on using cellular data for IRC, if possible. Or you can always log in to a machine on the console, too. If you need to download something big, go to the back room and plug into the DHCP router.
- In our rack is a screwdriver and other miscellaneous things. Most machines are labeled, some with labels and some with chalk. If you need something else, check the back room.