iDRAC6 – virtual console :: connection failed

Somehow, from somewhere, my virtual console stopped connecting. The java console showed the following messages:
Missing Application-Name manifest attribute for: https://***.***.***.***:443/software/avctKVM.jar
jan 18, 2017 3:41:48 PM java.util.prefs.WindowsPreferences
WARNING: Could not open/create prefs root node Software\JavaSoft\Prefs at root 0x80000002. Windows RegCreateKeyEx(…) returned error code 5.
01/18/2017 03:41:49:004: Starting client.
====setPowerMenuStatus: (##2)
01/18/2017 03:41:51:018: Connection failed.

Pretty cryptic, huh!? And good luck trying to find a solution through google…
Of course, mine was the case: “..but it worked last week!”
Than I remembered, that I had installed HitmanPro.Alert. Could it be… No! surely not.

Well, of course it was and don’t call me Shirley!

Using the advanced interface, under “Risk reduction”, click the icon that looks like fusion between the CMD and network share icon. This is the “Network lockdown – command-and-control” option. When this is active, connection to/via the virtual console is prohibited.

X9SCM-F motherboard boot issues

Having a server grade motherboard has its downsides as well, more specifically, getting the thing to boot from an installation disk when it just won’t use your DVD drive at all…

Luckily, good things come to those who search relentlessly!

In this case, it comes in the form of a FAQ entry. Just in case it may move and I need it again, here’s what what:

Please keep dvd-drive connect to SATA 5 or 6.

Change following BIOS setting:
Advanced --> PCIe/PCI/PnP configuration --> Launch Storage OpROM policy --> Legacy only
Advanced --> Chipset configuration --> Integrated IO configuration --> Detect Non-compliance device --> enable
Advanced --> Boot feature --> INT19 Trap response --> Postponed

DR project after my heart

Now this is how you exercise a Disaster/Recovery test

source: click

JBOD’s have feelings too

Better not shout @ your disks, they will lose confidence but will gain latency:

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