Bricked a Switch

Sorry for the lack of posts.  I just got back from work.   I bricked one of the switches I’m installing trying to update the system image.  I had to restore a copy from the boot prom, which takes a long time with xmodem over a serial port.  Normally I’d leave that problem until the morning, except I had already installed the switch at great frustration and much swearing.

But once all this is done, we’ll have a gigabit network.  I know our scientists will appreciate the fast loading times of the rather large amount of simulation data our Linux cluster generates

6 Responses to “Bricked a Switch”

  1. Dano says:

    Nice. Wish I got more ‘bits under the fingernails’ work. Congrats.

    Now to figure out the best way to spend money to upgrade one of the clusters I manage, and bump up the storage another 8 TB.

  2. Rob K says:

    Wow! I haven’t used xmodem in at least ten years. I’m glad it worked out OK for you.

  3. Ian Argent says:

    Damn. You’re a much bigger professional geek than I am.

  4. Seeing a lot of people moving to gig architectures? I’m recommending the Extreme Summit series…good stuff that’s triple speed and a lot cheaper and easier and more survivable than Crisco’s junk.

  5. Sebastian says:

    We have a specific need to do it because of the massive amounts of data we house on our network, then use. I’m using Netgear switches. The GS7300 series.

  6. Alcibiades McZombie says:

    I initially assumed you had bricked a home WiFi router with hacked firmware. That’s usually the context in which I hear it. Well, that and modding PSPs and DSs.