Re: ServeRAID M5110e driver for Debian Squeeze
On 10/24/2012 4:15 AM, s0lid wrote:
> I actually have 5 of this new servers to replace my old ones. hmmm...
> i can do that or can i use the testing branch of debian instead?
I just read the specs on the System x3650 M4 (sorry I din previously)
and it has the m5110e integrated on the mobo, and AFAICT no other
SAS/SATA ASIC. Thus the method I described for getting Debian and a
mainline kernel installed isn't going to work without some additional
hardware. VMWare vShpere (ESX) is supported, so if you go virtual
Debian works without these hassles.
Short of that, you'll need to create your own Debian installer using a
late mainline kernel or find one someone else has already created, or...
Install a bootable PCIe SSD in each box, install Debian to it, then copy
over and install the late mainline kernel you built and verified to work
on the guinea pig box. The mainline build scripts create a .deb target
when built on a Debian host, so the resulting kernel package can be
copied to and installed on any Debian system with little effort. I do
this twice a year when I build my custom kernels.
The easiest (for you) solution is to get the Debian kernel team to
acquire the driver source and build it into the Squeeze/Wheezy kernels,
or release it as a standalone installable module. That's not going to
happen any time soon.
In closing, I'll remind all Debian users to never assume that Debian
will work, bare metal, with any box or hardware they acquire, especially
very new enterprise servers from the big 5 vendors. There is a reason,
many actually, that the spec sheets on this gear, across the board, list
only the two commercial Linux vendors and none of the community Linux
Distros. Community support for enterprise servers isn't even "best
effort", but more like "if/when we get to it".