Last week I tried a bunch of different methods to try and upgrade a Dell PE650 BIOS. I finally settled on using a floppy disk to upgrade the BIOS however I initially ran into some issues with various floppy drives and floppy disks. One of the issues was an error message I received when attempting to access the floppy disk located within a floppy drive I had just installed on a Windows XP computer. Below I describe the error and how I was able to get past this specific error.
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best way to upgrade the BIOS on a Dell Poweredge 650. I had multiple problems because I didn’t have a floppy drive to use at first and the fact that the PE650 is an older Dell server model. Since I didn’t have a floppy drive to test with initially I attempted to use the Dell System Build & Update Utility however I was unable to ever get it working properly. Initially the problem was simply getting the tool downloaded. Finally I decided to order a floppy drive and below are instructions to upgrade the PE650 using a floppy disk.
When connecting to a PostgreSQL database using pgAdmin you may receive an error letting you know that the server instrumentation is not installed. This is a warning to let you know that you can install the adminpack contribution which will provide more functionality to pgAdmin including the ability to modify the pg_hba.conf and postgresql.conf configuration files. Below is information on the pop up warning you may receive when logging into a Postgres database using pgAdmin III as well as how to install the adminpack to not receive the error any longer.
Earlier a client with a fairly complex network setup had a power outage in one of their data centers in Dallas, TX. The power outage caused three servers and a firewall to lose power causing all sorts of other issues on the servers themselves. One of the primary issues was getting the PostgreSQL cluster back in 100% operational.
Last night I was working on upgrading the BIOS on an older Dell Poweredge 650 that I have been using as a PostgreSQL development server. One of the CD’s I needed to create is downloaded from Dell as two parts of an ISO file that needed to be combined so below is information on how to combine the files using the Windows copy command.