I like off-lease hardware. Yep, I’m cheap, not parsimonious but fiscally responsible.

It’s amazing what you can pick up for under $200 (including shipping and warranty) in the used market. In the case in point, a pair of HP DL360G6es which made good lab concept machines.

I lent them to Gaige for a proof of concept exercise. He plugged them into a Juniper QFX5100 and the iLO2 (old 100mbit-only) console ports didn’t come up without jumping through some hoops. Something about a 10G/1G switch not properly autonegotiating with questionable 100 mbit ports.

He got it whipped into shape this morning. Here’s the secret sauce:

gaige@VA2-router-1> show configuration interfaces ge-0/0/33  
description ipmi:test2;
speed 100m;
link-mode full-duplex;
ether-options {
    no-auto-negotiation;
    no-flow-control;
}
unit 0 {
    disable;
    family ethernet-switching {
            vlan {
	            members ct-mgmt-ipmi;
            }
    }
}

{master:0}
gaige@VA2-router-1>