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    #26
    Quote Originally Posted by jahsoul View Post
    You're running an ISR G2 in the home? *hating* lol. I was looking at the license for those SRE-V, but couldn't find anything.

    That's easier than you think ... try any esxi license and it works!
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    #27
    Say some articles about problems getting these SRE with no hardrive to work with regular ones : is a nightmare.

    Got mine SRE900 with two HDs and they are working fine.

    I'm about to upgrade RAM ... any1 tried the 2x 8GB hack ?
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    #28
    Are your hard drives non-Cisco? I was never able to get the module to recognize non-Cisco HDDs.
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    #29
    Hi Guys,
    Other than the Vmware hypervisor license, is there any special Cisco license required to activate a SRE-900 ?
    Because I have found these steps in the install guide, not sure are these necessary.

    SRE-Module# show license feature Feature name Enforcement Evaluation Clear Allowed Enabled
    SRE-V-HOST-LIC yes yes yes no
    SRE-Module# show license permanent [[A blank line indicates that no permanent license is installed]]

    Installation and Configuration Guide for Cisco Services Ready Engine Virtualization 1.0 - Managing the Cisco SRE-V Software Licenses [Cisco UCS Express] - Cisco
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    #30
    I no longer need a reply to the license question. Found out after much searching around,
    1.0 & 1.1 use Cisco licensing
    1.5 & 2.0 use Vmware licensing

    License Activation Change for Migration to Cisco Services Ready Engine Virtualization Release 1.5 or Later - Cisco
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    #31
    Hi adventurer

    I was about to purchase a VMware licence but found I could use the free licence. It removed some advanced feature from the 60 day demo such as clustering but I am unlikely to use it anyway.

    How-to Apply VMware Free License to VMware ESXi - ESX Virtualization (this is for Esxi 6. You will just have to select the earlier product)

    I have done some other test but never posted because I though this thread was dead.

    I tried some other HDDs with no success.
    ORIGINAL: HGST 5K500.B-500 HTE545050B9A300 (500GB 5400RPM)
    TESTED: HGST 7K1000-1000 HTS721010A9E630 (1000GB 7200RPM)
    TESTED: A 1000GB SSD that i no longer have the spec for

    theunuf: did you try 2x 8GB RAM? I'm looking to upgrade my RAM wondering if I should buy 2x 4GB or test out the 2x 8GB.

    Also I have been accessing the VM console interfaces through VMware Workstation 12. The graphics scaling works a lot better than on vSphere client.

    Currently running sre-v-k9-r.SPA.smv.2.0.1. Can't figure out a way to get access to sre-v-k9-r.SPA.smv.2.0.2 because the product is already end of life. Don't know what the improvements are either.

    If anyone has done further testing please share results. I am definatly still interested and actively trying to improve my use of this product
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    #32
    I'm also keen to know if this will work with 2x 8GB RAM. And if it can fit normal height RAM which is dirt cheap compared to low profile RAM.

    sre-v-k9-r.SPA.smv.2.0.2 can be found at a "website" if you google hard enough.

    I'm still waiting for my SRE-900 to show up, mail man lost track of it
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    #33
    I now have 10GB recognised on the SM-SRE-900

    My actual usage has made it up to 9.5GB

    1x IBM Micron 8 GB (1x 8GB) 4Rx4 PC2-5300P DDR2 667 CL5 ECC REG
    1x Original 2GB ram SG572568FG8P6ILMH0

    It will probably do 16GB but I don't plan to buy another stick of RAM yet.

    I got the 8GB IBM RAM used online for $50 AUD

    The normal height RAM won't fit inside the router.

    No luck on a sre-v-k9-r.SPA.smv.2.0.2 that actually downloads.
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    #34
    I will certainly try 2x 8GB when I finally receive the SRE. Intend to run a couple of VMs for security, storage, etc.

    The download link that I have still works, but I'm having trouble finding a way to send you a private message.
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    #35

    Default RAM testing

    boot diag hardware test fails with over 8GB of RAM but VMware will still recognize it.
    There may be adverse effects going over 8GB.


    The SM-SRE-900 module won't be recognized by a 2921 ISR if it is populated by 16GB of RAM.
    Still recognized with 10GB. Worth testing with 12GB but I don't have any 4GB sticks.


    I successfully bricked my SM-SRE-900 for about 6 hrs. Really ruined my day
    Possibly not shutting down the service engine before rebooting the router caused the corruption of a drive.


    The normal re-installation method didn't not work, so I had to re-installing using the boot loader helper which is access by monitoring the service module session at boot.

    I sent a friend request, if it lets me send private messages I'll share some contact details.
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    Default RAM testing

    boot diag hardware test fails with over 8GB of RAM but VMware will still recognize it.
    There may be adverse effects going over 8GB.


    The SM-SRE-900 module won't be recognized by a 2921 ISR if it is populated by 16GB of RAM.
    Still recognized with 10GB. Worth testing with 12GB but I don't have any 4GB sticks.


    I successfully bricked my SM-SRE-900 for about 6 hrs. Really ruined my day
    Possibly not shutting down the service engine before rebooting the router caused the corruption of a drive.


    The normal re-installation method didn't work, so I had to re-installing using the boot loader helper which is access by monitoring the service module session at boot.

    I sent a friend request, if it lets me send private messages I'll share some contact details.
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    #37
    Thanks for letting me know 16GB won't work.
    If you don't have any further use for the additional 8GB stick, I might buy it off you.

    Just receive the SRE yesterday, did some testing last night. Installed sre-v-k9-r.SPA.smv.2.0.2.zip
    But noticed it shows up as 2.0.1.0 so maybe it's not worthwhile for you to install again.

    Service Module is Cisco SM1/0 Service Module supports session via TTY line 67 Service Module is in Steady state Service Module heartbeat-reset is enabled Getting status from the Service Module, please wait.. Cisco SRE-V Software 2.0.1.0 VMware ESXi 5.1.0 build-1065491 running on SRE Module resource information: CPU Frequency: 1862 MHz Memory Size: 4067 MB Disk 0 Size: 500108 MB Disk 1 Size: 2055 MB Disk 2 Size: 500108 MB No install/uninstall in progress No localstoreThen I proceed to reload the router, leaving the SRE running. It works fine, even the running VMs stay alive during the router reload. So not sure how did you brick it.

    Seems like adding the friend request did not open up any option to send a message. Tell you what, look for me in Whirlpool forum. Same username. I believe you have to search for a thread that I have written in and then send me a message.
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    #38
    Not sure how I bricked it. I would have turned the router off at the switch though. I power it down when I'm not using it, the noise gets to me after a while. That's cool that it keeps running through a reboot!

    So I now shut the module down with "service-module sm 1/0 shutdown"

    I sent one sm-sre-900 out on a tour running mikrotiks CHR dude software. I'll post if it has any issues.
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    #39
    An update on the memory situation.

    It doesn't boot with 1x 8GB and 1x 2GB installed.
    1x 8GB by itself works fine.

    So I can never get this thing to properly boot with more than 8GB of memory.
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    Not sure what the difference between out setups is but I have 10211MB running with 1x 8GB and 1x 2GB sticks.

    Let me know if you need some other diags or part numbers

    r0#service-module sm1/0 status
    Service Module is Cisco SM1/0
    Service Module supports session via TTY line 67
    Service Module is in Steady state
    Service Module heartbeat-reset is enabled
    Getting status from the Service Module, please wait..
    Cisco SRE-V Software 2.0.1.0
    VMware ESXi 5.0.0 build-474610 running on SRE


    Module resource information:
    CPU Frequency: 1862 MHz
    Memory Size: 10211 MB
    Disk 0 Size: 1000000 MB
    Disk 1 Size: 2055 MB


    No install/uninstall in progress


    No localstore
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    #41
    Just had a scarey moment rebooting SM-SRE-900.

    ServicesEngine boot-loader> boot disk
    Loading disk:/bzImage ... done.
    Unable to load image
    Error: Cannot mount selected partition (17)
    Unable to boot image

    Main memory test (1 of 5) is in progress...
    Main memory test failed.KB

    I removed the 2GB stick. Its now back to 8GB and it booted fine.

    Going to play it safe on 8GB RAM for a while and see if the problem returns.
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    That was scary indeed... yeah probably it's just unreliable on 8+2GB.

    I have it happily running on 1x 8GB. ESXi memory overcommitment handles it quite well even when I have more VM memory assigned than physical memory available.
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    #43
    I know this thread is quite old now but I thought I would reply as I have had a lot of luck configuring and upgrading my SRE 900.

    I have successfully install VMware vSphere ESXi v6.0 Update 3.

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    #44
    Some good info here guys! Nice to see this thread still alive!

    And welcome SimonSparksUK!
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