Monthly Archives: February 2014

BANAS – Brocade Accredited Network Advisor Specialist

Finally got around to start preparing the last certificate/accreditation – BANAS – to complete the Brocade Data Center Track (ok, not last. There are plenty more!).

It looks like it’s an accreditation showing that the taker can do some basic tasks in Brocade Network Advisor (BNA). This used to be a certification, so it’s probably a bit harder than it might seem!

Please note, this post is not meant to be a replacement for the official Brocade studying recommendation, just my notes on how I’m practicing for it.



Install in a VM

Not much can be tested without any switches, but installing it a few times is probably helpful. Also getting acquainted with the UI and some things can still be done in the UI like:

  • Set UI options
  • Set up a firmware repository (at least import firmwares, release notes and md5 checksums)
  • Retrieve a SupportSave

Either register on Brocade’s site and get the download that way. Or get it via HP’s public page – for example here. Click on Download.
Because I’m lazy I’m installing it in a Windows 7 x64 VM 2 cores and 4GB RAM is much faster than 2GB. For just installing it you’ll need 3-4GB disk space.
Find install.exe within

The default user/password is: Administrator/password
The user/password you set during installation is for the database.

FTP/SCP/SFTP, syslog, snmp, https. Uses a postgreSQL database.

On the http/https page there are MIBs and the BNA client.

Meta Post: Blog is now also mobile friendly!

Update! If you view this blog on an a mobile device with the right user agent (and apparently very few of you do that) there’s now very little white space wasted! It’s not perfect yet but I’m working on it making it nicer. It seems to have some

Now about the normal Hemingway Ex theme, I like it. But there’s a lot of unused white areas when on 1920×1080 (17% of visitors – also the one I use ;) 

So I tweaked the stylesheets to make some sections thinner and some wider. Don’t like it? Please let me know in the comment section below.

P.s. Developer Tools in web browser are full of awesome! Trying to find the right CSS section to edit would have been mental without it.
P.s2. Just to be clear, the Blog was not hostile towards mobile users before.

Upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04

Yesterday I upgraded Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04 devel release. This is not recommended :)

I wonder what will happen when 14.04 real is out.. *update: it is out now, so the “-d” in “update-manager -d” is no longer necessary?

How to? Just run “update-manager -d” and click on some buttons!

Update process was nice, I like apt-get over yum when it sees a conflicting file it doesn’t just overwrite or write the file as .rpmsave  but instead it displays see the difference(s) between the two files and you get to decide what to do!

One issue I have heard about is VMWare Workstation 10.0.1 on 14.04 and recompiling kernel modules. Patching instructions in here: and patch file is the one at the bottom of this post