If you run into the less than helpful message “ERROR: Invalid IP address” when trying to use the Virtual Connect Support Utility (vcsu for short) because you haven’t had to use that tool in a while, or ever: make sure you’re using the IP address and credentials of your Bladecenter OA and not the IP address of your VC device you want to update/check/whatever.
Turns out vcsu logs into your OA first, checks which VC interconnects are installed and goes from there. You’ll have to enter your VC login credentials at a later stage once the initial assesment is done.
I recently got this puzzling error message on an HP ProLiant Server: 601 – Diskette Controller Error with the system just stopping at the BIOS, no way to enter the maintenance menu or continue booting. Well that’s odd, I though… being a BL460c blade server. All the documentation I could find online suggested it’s a defective floppy drive, or loose cabling… which a blade server doesn’t have.
Ok, so it’s a legacy error message. Maybe the BBWC? Nope. Backplane module then? Nope. The disks? Nah. The fucking SD card module? Not even that… Well, let’s try a system reset them using the DIP switches. Nope. Switching to backup ROM and booting with that one… Doesn’t work either. Well, fuck. Remove all the mezzanine cards – basically the system stripped down to the bare minimum. Still the same error.
About three hours later… Being the only removable part left, I figured I remove the CMOS battery and check it while I’ve it remove. Turns out it’s dead. Replace it with a new CR2032 button cell and voila – system boots again as if nothing happened.
So there you go… 601 – diskette controller error apparently really means: your CMOS battery is dead, better replace it. Even though the documentation says otherwise.
Dear HP: Fuck you. I want those hours of my life back.