You lost, stole, gave away or sold your Storwize V7000 USB key?

I love USB keys, I love free ones, conferences give away ones and ones shaped like Lego blocks.   The exciting thing (for me) is that if you buy a Storwize V7000, you also get a USB key:   A key which has two fundamental purposes:

  1. It’s used to make installation very quick and easy (which it does very well!).
  2. It’s used to reset the superuser password (in case you forget what it is) or to set the service IP addresses (in case you didn’t set them like I suggested you do ).

This is all well and good but what happens when you lose it, borrow it or accidentally throw it out? (oops)   If you are searching for it, yours may well have looked like this:

So what to do?  The answer is:   It’s OK, there is nothing magic about this key.  In fact the key contains just one piece of software, which you can get from here.  Just download the initialization tool and copy it onto your own USB key.  The original key also had an Autorun file, but you don’t need that (actually I object to auto-running USB keys anyway).

BUT… and there is always a but…  I cannot guarantee that EVERY USB key you try will work.   Why not?   Because some USB keys are formatted strangely or insist on running unique applications before they will work.   There is some good, simple advice on the InfoCenter that you can find here.  The main trick is to use a USB key that is formatted with the FAT32, EXT2, or EXT3 file system on its first partition and does not need to auto-run any applications before working.

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