Setting up the BladeCenter H

Well, we finally had our maintenance window today, in which we planned the hardware exchange for our current Dell Blade Chassis (don’t ask!). The exchange went fine, but as we started exploring the components (like the IBM BladeCenter SAN switches — which are in fact Cisco MDS 9100) we hit a few road blocks.

First, the default user name/password combo for the Cisco MDS 9100 for the BladeCenter is USERID/PASSW0RD (just as the rest of the password combinations).

Next, we started tinkering around with the Catalyst Switch modules. A hint to myself:

Whenever setting up the switch via the WebGUI, make sure you setup both passwords. The password for the switch itself (when prompted by the WebGUI, enter “admin” as well as the password you just entered.

Now, you should be able to connect to the switch with telnet and be able to access the EXEC mode (and unlike me who struggled ~30 minutes till one of my trainees told me to enter a switch password — out of curiosity).

Now, here the list of commands I needed to setup the switch’s “basics”:

Updating path information for TSM

As I did some switching today (between the new lin_tape version by IBM and our own lin_tape version), I ended up writing those lines a dozen times. Here is (just for me, if you don’t care .. skip ahead) on how to generate a list of commands:

which should get you a list like this: