200 Pounds by June!

For Lent this year, I decided to work on my "temple".  I've been counting calories using MyFitnessPal.com since February 14th.  For my 6' 3" frame, it recommends a 2000-calorie/day diet to reach my goal of losing a pound a week.  My overall goal is to move from the 220-lb weight I've been for a long time to 200 pounds by June.  I haven't tracked my weight much over the years, but I'm pretty sure I haven't been under 210 since college.  I still need to get a good scale and start tracking my weight, but I know I've lost a few pounds already just by how I look and feel.

The first week of the diet was a real eye-opener.  I already wasn't eating much junk food, but becoming aware of the caloric content of sodas, burgers, and other things I occasionally enjoyed in the context of the new diet was shocking.  I usually go out to two lunches and one dinner per week, and those situations have been interesting.  Subway and Chipotle make it easy, but Friendly's has a challenging menu, and Texas Roadhouse doesn't even publish nutrition info!  Luckily the crowd-sourced MyFitnessPal database is a great tool.

I've also started working out mildly to complement this: 20 minutes at 4mph on my treadmill with a 10% incline at least 4 days a week, deep knee bends, and a few weight exercises.  As it warms up I plan to get on my bike much more this year.  I'm into backpacking (even though I only go once or twice per year); I carry about 20-25 pounds of gear for that.  I want to lose as much weight as I would be carrying. 🙂  Our next backpacking trip is planned for early May, so that's where I'll do a serious weight check and see how my plan is going.

Inspirations for this journey have come from +Don Becker, who pulled off the most amazing weight-loss I've ever witnessed from friends or family, and +Scott Buffington, who's been working out and running much more recently.  Thanks, guys!


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Upgrade from Dell-branded VMware ESXi 5.0 Fails

Just encountered this in my environment.  From the linked document:

Upgrade From Dell Customized VMware ESXi 5.0 ISO To A Later Update Fails

Description: When upgrading from Dell customized VMware ESXi 5.0 ISO to a later update it fails with an 
error message as shown below:

File path of/etc/vmware/oem.xml is claimed by Multiple overlay 
File path of/etc/vmware/support is claimed by Multiple overlay 
File path of/etc/vmware/vmware.lic is claimed by Multiple 
overlay VIBs:

Applies to: ESXi 5.0.x

Solution: This is a known issue. Follow any one of the options below to resolve the issue.
• Perform the upgrade by making use of a relevant upgrade patch from vmware.com.
• Before you upgrade, run the following commands from ESXi tech support mode.
~# esxcli software vib remove –n Dell-Configuration-VIB 
~# esxcli software vib remove –n Dell-License-VIB

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Update on Dell R710 vFlash Issue

Dell sent me another Deployment ISO with less than the full System Bundle of updates on it.  Booting to it from the vFlash allowed it to update the firmware of the Lifecycle Controller, but nothing else, even after subsequent restarts.  I then mounted my Windows-DUP-based SUU ISO from vFlash and was able to use the Platform Update feature of the LC to update the rest of the firmware without an issue.

My take is that the previous version of the Lifecycle Controller firmware had a problem with what I was trying to do, but once it was updated, the firmware update process worked fine.  I've passed this info along to Dell and am waiting to hear their diagnosis.

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Dell R710 vFlash/Firmware Update Issue

I found an issue with the Dell PowerEdge R710 iDRAC 6 Enterprise/vFlash platform that may affect more Dell 11th-generation servers.  I did some pretty extensive testing before contacting Dell support, and they've confirmed that my issue is not isolated to the one server I'm experiencing this issue on.  I've confirmed that I don't see the issue on the newer PowerEdge R620 server.

The issue is that I want to use the vFlash platform (an SD memory card that's managed by the out-of-band iDRAC management) to stage firmware update packages for remote systems running VMware ESXi.  The goal of this is to be able to send those packages and stage them in advance of a maintenance event, so that I'm not streaming the updates over the network during the maintenance event.  To accomplish this, you can create an ISO image for one or more server platforms that contain all the Dell Update Packages (DUPs) required using Dell's Repository Manager.  One of the limitations of the vFlash platform is that ISO images mounted must be 2GB or less, so I've just created an ISO for the targeted server model.

There are two options for the ISO image: one that is meant to be used by the Lifecycle Controller (LC; a bootable management environment) that contains the Windows DUPs, or a "Deployment" image that is bootable and contains the Linux DUPs.  I chose to use the LC method and created the appropriate image from Repository Manager.  Once uploaded to the vFlash, I restarted the server and hit F10 to boot to the LC.  I used its "Platform Update" feature to browse to the mounted ISO image and it discovered the updates, but complained that the DUPs on the media weren't Dell-branded updates.  When I found a reference to the second firmware update method, I created the Deployment ISO image for the R710 and booted to it.  That method only updated one item, "Dell 32-bit Diagnostics", leaving everything else untouched.  I tried both methods multiple times before engaging my Dell account team, who asked me to open a support case.  I demonstrated the issue to them in the course of a 1.5-hour web conference session and they followed up with me to let me know they're also seeing this issue in their labs.  I'll update with a resolution if/when I get it.

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