Re: Debian hardware (HP Proliant), version and backup questions
On Thu, Oct 23, 2003 at 06:10:35PM +0200, Nate Aune wrote:
> 1) Hardware
> Given the previous post about problems with Debian recognizing the disk
> controller on a HP Proliant MC330, I have to ask: can I expect similar
> problems with the DL380?
IIRC the DL380's come with a smar array 5312i.
The bf24 installkernel will not recognize this, since it is a 2.4.18 kernel.
You will need to build your own installkernel image, (or use mine - I can
offer you my floppyimage:)
(this means you'll have to change the linux.bin kernelimage in the
rescue.bin rescuefloppyimage with the kernelimage compiled on your own.
( Attention: Quick and dirty - but effective installation follows:
- downloading floppyset:
- downloading a newer kernel-source, e.g. 2.4.22
- configuring a really small kernel, with just the necessary things in it:
(it has to fit on the floppy)
The SmartArray 5xxx driver is under Block Devices (CONFIG_BLK_CPQ_CISS_DA)
The Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet driver you can find under:
Network device support --> Ethernet (1000 Mbit) ---> Broadcom Tigon3 support (CONFIG_TIGON3)
both FIX into the kernel. You might need under Networking Options ---> Socket Filtering, if you want to get you NIC configured by DHCP)
- save config, then 'make dep clean bzImage'
- now you want to change to kernel (the linux.bin file) with your new kernel
boot with the manipulated floppy.
If you need details on that, do not hesitate to ask.
Attention again: AFTER the installation _do_ build another, new,
no-dirty-hack, nice-produktiv kernel, since the installkernel we needed
just to get the installer work, but you do not want to run a productive
system with it. You were warned.
Alternatively you can look for unofficial installfoppysets on the net.
> We are going to have a very short period of time to get the server up and
> running, installed with Zope and all the necessary Python modules (although
> I hear this is very easy with apt-get).
will be no problem
> Given this short time period, I want to make sure we get a server that has
> been proven to work well with Debian.
I am running couple of dl380's with no problem. (OK, HP's RedHat-only
management servicesoftware rpm's are a pain in the neck, but this
is atmo under solution-processing)
> 2) Debian version
> Which version of Debian should I install? I've heard that the Stable
> version is lagging far behind on many modules, and the Development version
> is actually more stable in some respects.
For a productive box you might want to have stable, and installing the
newer (just the necessary) packages from testing or sid.
> What is the best way to install Debian - by CD-ROM, Net or DVD?
since I offered you floppies to install, I would say Net, in your case.
Végh Károly - System Engineer - UTA - TIS.SAS.BSS
Don't worry. Everything is getting nicely out of control.