Surprise – Cannot access Cisco IMC

I had a Cisco UC upgrade project recently completed.  The move from UC 5.x to 8.x left me with a decision… do I keep with the old MCS hardware (of which are Proliants, which I love), or move to the new Cisco UCS systems.

Well, being a techno-geek, I couldn’t pass up learning something new.  And with the full backing of Cisco support, you can’t go wrong.

Today, we had an environmental failure, and the VM’s on the UCS box would not start up.  Strange.  Being I’m in the server room, I access a server console, and browse to the CIMC (Cisco Integrated Management Controller). 

Well, would you look at that.  I can’t even log in!

Now, I *get* why Cisco wants to use Flash.  I may not agree with it, but I understand it.  Makes the user interface look pretty, and it’s easy to design.  Maybe it has something to do with XML parsing… but, good lord people….. you don’t block “log in” because of it.  What if someone just wanted to check a power supply, or system health in a hurry?

Well, that happened to me.  I’m impatient enough as it is, and waiting another 5 minutes to install Flash while my environment is down is not something I would like to do again.


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