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Dell Wyse Cloud Connect

Part of my job is to try out new things and build a use case around it.  One of these projects I’ve been looking forward to is what Dell code named “Project Ophelia” which now is officially called the Dell Wyse Cloud Connect.  This is a HDMI “dongle” (try to say that without laughing) that runs on Android 4.1 and can be used as a very low maintenance thin client PC.  The price is what really gets me going coming in at $129 retail.  No other zero or thin client comes close to that price point.  And even if it did it barely did anything other than connect to your VDI or launched a web browser.  So when the 5 showed up and our business office called, I rushed over to pick them up.  I was a little taken back by the need for a Dell Cloud Client Manager account but after playing around I understand why.  These things can easily come up “missing” and with the CCM you can have the device wiped (like your smartphone.. it is running Android remember?) and limit what gets loaded since Google Play is accessible.

Pros:  Price, Price, Price.. also built-in Bluetooth/Wifi and ease of setup wizard.

Cons:  You have to setup a Dell CCM account but they have a free 14 day Pro version or a free limited version.

Check out http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/wyse-cloud-client-manager/pd for more info on that.

So would I recommend this for every user?  Not necessarily.  If you do not have a high end TV, your desktop text will be hard to read.  Also I could not get it to work on my 24″ Dell Ultrasharp as it just gave me a Dell logo.. I’m sure I need to read up more on requirements.  But for those that travel and spend alot of time in hotels it might be good to have with a BT keyboard and mouse.  I put one in our break room TV and our lab lounge TV.  My next goal is to get it to function with our digital signage solution.  The cost of a commercial TV is already expensive but the $500-1000 for a PC with no moving parts to get a longer lifetime could be reduced to the $129 cost and ease of remote setup/monitoring.

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Today was suppose to be an easy day of racking and setting up a Isilon in our Norman lab.  Things were going off without a problem except for the last rail, screw wouldn’t go in.  But that was an easy work around.  But back to the long subject in the post.  I needed to get our blades in our Dell M1000E up and going for some testing.  Storage isn’t ready just yet as we have been waiting on connectivity to finish up since we can’t run iSCSI on wifi.  🙂  But I did have a local 146GB drive in each blade that’s not being used since I installed ESXi onto the SD card.  Easy right?  Just create a datastore like you’ve done hundreds of times, no problems.  Or so I thought.

Going to the first blade after connecting directly to the host with the vSphere Client and selecting the LUN in the Storage tab and create Datastore.  All is going and thinking that this was going to be a homerun.  About 5 minutes after it’s spinning at “loading..” on creating the VMFS5 partition the vSphere Client just bombs with an error that I pressed OK too fast to read.  Thinking it was network related, again our connectivity team is still finishing up their part as well as getting the firewalls and DNS/DHCP stuff knocked out, we start down a path of trouble shooting the network.  We noticed some NAT translations going on that didn’t need to be after adding the hosts to our lab vCenter.  Got that resolved but the issue was still there.  Now thinking it’s the firewalls and get Juniper support on the line.  They notice some issues but nothing really related to the ESXi dropping.

Now here comes the part I SHOULD have noticed on the first crash.  The error of Call fails for “HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastore- CreateOptions” for object “ha-datastoresystem”  Yea.. um.. what? That wasn’t what I thought it said the first couple times it crashed.  But my stupidity of thinking it was a network problem (cause it’s always a network problem.. right storage guys? or was that “it’s always a storage problem” from the network guys.. I forget).  Simple Google search and guess what, there was some Dell partitions on that local drive.  D’oh!! Deleted those and boom, hosts with local datastores done.

Thank you Eversity Blog for typing something up 2 years ago to make me face palm myself.