Upgrade HP Switch using Intelligent Management Center

Earlier this year, I had a need to upgrade 2 HP 5406's.  These switches (commonly used as aggregate switches) are used as a central core for an office of approx 500 nodes.  These switches are used in redundancy using MSTP and OSPF.  The below video shows how easy it was to upgrade the equipment. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeiGpfmj8BM[/youtube]

Juniper 2200EX-C Fanless switch

A few weeks ago, we had a small project to get a remote desk location setup.  This location is 1000' from the nearest IDF, so we had to come up with a new demarc.  Since only 2 computers will be running here, there was not a need for an expensive cabinet with high-density switch.  Instead, I decided to just run fiber to a smaller switch.  So, I purchased the Juniper 2200EX-C 16-port PoE fanless switch. Once you take it out of the box, the first thing you'll notice is the weight.  For something so small, you'll be surprised how much weight it has.  Once you pull it out of the anti-static ba...

The HP PS1810 Switch

Here, I am testing the HP PS1810.  It looks like there are 2 types:  The PS1810-8G and the PS1810-24G.  The largest difference is that the 8G switch has 8 ports and 1 PoE port.  The 24G switch has 24 ports with 2 SFP ports.  Also, the 8G switch can be either wall/desk mounted or physically stacked with other MicroServers, but the 24G switch must be mounted, either via rack, wall, or rubber feet.  But both have the same features. The HP PS1810 is a fully managed switch, but getting access is not exactly easy, as they don't provide any console ports.  But,...

HP Comware – Can’t Backspace in iTerm

Here's an annoying little nugget of knowledge:  If you find yourself telnet'ing into a comware device (in my case, an HP 5820 switch), and you can't backspace a character, don't try to change your terminal emulation.  It's not that.    Technically, you just need to do a "CTRL + H" to do it.  Annoying, right?  Well, here's how you fix it in iTerm.  Create a profile for the Comware switches.  Choose the "Keys" tab, and select "Backspace sends ^H".   Thanks for that HP.  I'm sure there is a really good and justifiable reason for this. &...