Running Cisco UCS Platform Emulator on VirtualBox

My studies of Cisco Data Center technologies have led me to Cisco UCS (Unified Computing Systems). To manage a UCS domain Cisco provides us with the UCS Manager software. This software runs on switch-like devices called Fabric Interconnects acting as the “doorways” between the UCS domain and “the world”.

For all of us studying and needing to understand it without access to a bunch of expensive servers, Cisco was kind enough to create the UCSPE (UCS Platform Emulator) as a free downloadable virtual machine.

Since I’m not a good friend of VMWare and can’t have a bare metal hypervisor, my “playing” focuses mostly on Virtualbox but there is a small detail that must be taken care of:

Summary

Problem: After importing the UCSPE appliance you can’t access the GUI even after changing adapter 1 to Host-only or Bridge. Continue reading

VirtualBox: The Quick Solution to “Extension Pack Installer Failed. VERR_ACCESS_DENIED”

Continuing on with the PC migration saga and getting my new toy working a few days ago I bumped into a problem whose solution I share here. This time, it was with Virtualbox Extension Packs.

Summary

Problem: It was impossible to install Virtualbox Extension Packs. I got the error:“The installer failed with exit code 1: VBoxExtPackHelperApp.exe: error: Failed to rename the temporary directory to the final one: VERR_ACCESS_DENIED Continue reading

Putty Settings Migration

There are few things in this world more frustrating and tiring than having to change PC’s. Throughout my life I started perfecting this “art” in Windows and fortunately today I have programs running that have kept their settings since 5 PC’s ago without a need to reconfigure from scratch.

Putty however, our preferred remote access tool, is a program whose migration I never managed to master. Changing from one PC to another always resulted in having to reconfigure sessions and settings from scratch in a new PC… until today! Continue reading