Author name: alex

Cisco “Smart” License

Problem: after upgrading Cisco ISO XE from 15 to 16 on an ASR-1001-X router, the permanent license of this router changes to “evaluation license” and Cisco forces you to use the call-home “feature”. You will find log entries like these: Discussion: Cisco enforces this call-home feature for newer software releases. There is not much you […]

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Interface down on Cisco Nexus switch with “dcxNoACKi”

Problem: After an update of a server to Devuan4/Debian11the switch shuts down the interfaces to the server with status “dcxNoACKi” 48 minutes after the reboot. Discussion: the switch is a Cisco Nexus 5000 switch. It implements “Data Center Bridging Capability Exchange (DCBX)”. The server is a Dell server with X710 Controller 10GbE with i40e drivers.

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Chrome Won’t Let You Proceed to Website with Invalid Certificate

As an IT professional it’s quite common that have to connect web servers with invalid certificates, for different reasons. For expample opening a management GUI of an appliance may be necessary to change its own certificate or TLS settings. Problem: sometimes chrome won’t let you open this website, and gives you no “Proceed on” button.

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Smartd Reports “Reallocated_Sector_Ct” erroneously

Problem: In syslog you find a line like this: But when you check with “smartctl -a” you find a reallocated sector count of zero: Discussion: The harddisk had actually no reallocated sectors, but Smartctrl (Smartmontools) reported a wrong error, because when it was started a different harddisk with errors was found as /dev/sda, but with

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