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Re: Migrating to a Compaq Proliant DL360G3

On Tue, May 27, 2003 at 02:10:22PM +0200, Tom?s N??ez Lirola wrote:
> Hi
> I must migrate my servers to Compaq Proliant DL360G3 machines. We're looking 
> several IDCs, and all of them say "Only support for RedHat, SuSE and 
> Caldera". I want to use Debian (I don't like very much SuSE, I've not used 
> neither Red Hat nor Caldera, and it's hard to change distro when you're happy 
> with the one you have), but when I comment this point to the salesman, he 
> says a lot of "It's difficult" "It's not supported" and things like that. 
> Even I've found on a budget "We don't take any responsibility on the 
> installation, functionality or support in case you decide to install Debian".
> In this situation, my boss is evaluating the convenience of installing Debian 
> on the servers, and he says he likes Red Hat.
> I've looked at Compaq website and I have not found any reference to Debian.
> As there are RAID controllers and specific server hardware that I don't know 
> so far (I've never used hardware RAID at home ;P), I'm afraid of the 
> difficulty I can find installing Debian in spite of everybody telling me to 
> install Red Hat.
> Anyway... Does anybody have any experience with this machine (or similar) and 
> Debian? Is there any website where I can take a look on the compatibility of 
> this machine (or similar) and Debian?

I run Debian/unstable on a DL 360G3 machine. 

First I ran the Compaq Linux-setup diskette to setup server for

Installation was quite boring (the diskette way). I added a 3c905 nic to
the server cause the internal gig-nics driver was in a separate package.

Raid-controller driver is included in the bf install-disks.


After base-installation was finished i installed the RPM package and
extract the Compaq Proliant supportfiles
(snmp, fan control, raid-watchdog etc) to some directory and
install the binaries by hand. Some work with libraries and stuff was
also done to get everything working.

Server's been up for 186 days now and is stable as a rock. It runs a
quite large qmail-farm.

> Do you recommend me to be stubborn and install Debian anyway?

I think you should run the dist you're happy with.

Yours sincerely,
Christofer Algotsson - royce@sparklet.com

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