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Re: Linux 2.6.10 kernel with IBM xSeries 336, HP DL360G4 & ASUS AP2400R servers

Hello Ravindra,

sorry I mistook the 336 for the 335. I am terrible sorry. So anything I
said 2 days ago  (in the below e-mail) MIGHT NOT BE FULLY TRUE and applied
to the 335.

I did a follow up on the 336 and found that basically they have 2 differences

1) Chipset for the 336 is Intel E7520
2) Graphicscard is ATI Radeon 7000M

ATI provides some propreietary drivers for Linux products


but I cant comment on the quality. Using the drivers that come with Debian
in worst case you will be able to use a vga screen resolution, but I guess
you will get at least svga.

The scsi option (Serveraid 6i) looks like it is the same, so that should
work without a hitch. The network card driver is usually compiled on the
ibm servers (instructions on the cd - takes ideally 5 minutes)

The only thing I dont know is how the INtel Chipset E7520 might work out.

I hope that you find the info useful. Sorry for the mistaken information
in my last e-mail.

Best regards

Nils Valentin
Tokyo / Japan


> Hello Ravindra,
> I did not yet install debian on the DL360, but you still might want to
> read my notes on the DL380G4 which I basically just posted at the mailing
> list for another threat named *hp dl360 and smart array 6i*  (below the
> line)
> If I remember correctly , installing debian on the 336 went without a
> hitch, once we found that we had to extract the scsi driver from he smart
> array cd or what ibm calls it.
> We did not have sata drives , so I cant comment on it.
> When installing RHEL 3 on the DL380G4 I felt that installing the DL380G4
> is NOT for beginners, especially not with the smart array 6i controller
> and the internal tape drive. You may run into similar issues with your
> 360.
> However, comparing the 336 with the HP DL380G4 I liked the physical layout
> of the DL380G4 machine and seems like it gives you more *bang for the
> buck*
> I hope that you find the notes useful. Keep asking if you need more info.
> Best regards
> Nils Valentin
> Tokyo / Japan
> http://www.be-known-online.com
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> I am not sure if this helps you, but I thought I add my experience.
> I have recently installed 3x DL380G4s all with the Smartarray 6i
> controllers and RHEL 3 Update 3.
> I did upgrade to the ProLiant Support Pack for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
> Version 7.30 (including the Smart array driver version 2.36).
> http://www1.jpn.hp.com/products/software/oe/linux/mainstream/support/doc/option/array.html
> I had to start the installation with the option *Linux dd* and insert the
> cd containing the scsi driver. If I remember correctly, than the scsi
> driver was included in the Support Pack CD and we had to extract a file -
> module to the cd with the dd command
> f.e. *dd if=/mnt/cdrom/module.img of=/mnt/cdrecorder*
> http://welcome.hp.com/country/us/en/support.html
> http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/family/model/5561.html?submit.y=0&submit.x=5&lang=en&cc=us
> http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/locate/101_5561.html#27
> We did not install Debian Linux, but it seemed like the procedure would
> also work for Debian.
> If you can install Debian, but you cant access the scsi discs (probably
> raid) afterwards it means you have to patch the kernel. There was a
> document available actually describing this pretty good, also we finally
> didnt need it.
> http://www1.jpn.hp.com/products/software/oe/linux/mainstream/bin/support/doc/option/array/cpq_cciss-2.4.50-30.rhel3.i386.dd.gz.txt
> http://www1.jpn.hp.com/products/software/oe/linux/mainstream/support/doc/option/array.html
> We had to add additional procedures for the internal Tape drive xx7438c.
> On the homepage it explains how to setup a enable-scsi script which would
> allow to see and access the tape drive. Also the tape must first be
> formatted in the obsr ?? format (or what it was called see front of tape
> drive for the label) - you do this in the smartarray setup.
> SmartArray/cciss / TAPE Support:
>  http://www1.jpn.hp.com/products/software/oe/linux/mainstream/support/doc/option/array/tape_cciss.html
>  # cat /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage
>  for x in /proc/driver/cciss/cciss[0-9]*
>  do
>    echo "engage scsi" > $x
>  done
>  # chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage
>  # ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage /etc/rc.d/rc1.d/S99cciss-engage
>  # ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/S99cciss-engage
>  # ln -s /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage /etc/rc.d/rc5.d/S99cciss-engage
>  #
>  # ls -l /etc/rc.d/rc5.d/S99cciss-engage
>  lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root           29  7月 22 13:15 /etc/rc.d/rc5.d/S9
> 9cciss-engage -> /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage
>  # ls -l /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/S99cciss-engage
>  lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root           29  7月 22 13:15 /etc/rc.d/rc3.d/S9
> 9cciss-engage -> /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage
>  # ls -l /etc/rc.d/rc1.d/S99cciss-engage
>  lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root           29  7月 22 13:15 /etc/rc.d/rc1.d/S9
> 9cciss-engage -> /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage
>  # cd /etc/rc.d/rc1.d
>  # ls -l S99cciss-engage
>  lrwxrwxrwx    1 root     root           29  7月 22 13:15 S99cciss-engage ->
>  /etc/rc.d/init.d/cciss-engage
> Make sure only one entry in /etc/modules.conf is for the *alias
> scsi_hostadapter1 cciss*.
> Finally restart the machine and see if the TAPE drive is seen. Confirm
> with *cat /proc/scci/scsi*
> If you use HPs UPS f.e the X3000R and you may want to use the SMTP option
> then you will need Power Manager version 4.x (not 3.x)
> PM4.0
> http://www1.jpn.hp.com/products/software/oe/linux/mainstream/support/doc/general/mgmt/ups/pm/v40/index.html
>  PM4.0Manual(PDF)
>  ftp://ftp.jpn.hp.com/products/servers/proliant/manuals/333101-194-j.pdf
>  Download
> http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliantstorage/power-protection/software/power-manager/index.html
> I wrote this now mostly out of my head, as you can see its pretty messed
> up and I might have missed something. Just keep asking and I will try to
> remember how exactly we did it.. Note that some of the links I provide are
> from the Japanese homepage (I am based in Tokyo ), but you may find the
> same info on the English homepage, also HPs homepage is not necessarily
> intuitive ;-).
> The whole setup should ideally take 2-4 hours if you concentrate on the
> points mentioned above, otherwise it might easily take 3-5 days.
> Good luck, keep asking when you get stuck (or better before ;-)
> You can also see some of my installation notes at my homepage below.
> Best regards
> Nils Valentin
> Tokyo / Japan
> http://www.be-known-online.com
>> Hi
>> We, a research group conducting some research on VOIP, QoS, secured
>> connections, SCPS for satellite communication links seek to purchase a
>> few stable and powerful Intel-based servers for conducting our field
>> trials. The potential servers that we are looking for should be able to
>> satisfy the following two major requirements.
>> 1. Ability to run on Linux 2.6.10, 2.6.12 kernels without any hardware
>> or driver problems
>> 2. Ability to work with Digium TE411P ISDN (this comes with on board
>> echo cancellation) and asterix. In fact this is a serious issue for us
>> as it does not compatible with our existing prototype server which we
>> were told would be compatible with Digium TE411P ISDN card .
>> After surveying in the Internet we have tentatively decided that IBM
>> xSeries 336 , HP DL360G4 and ASUS AP2400R U1  would be a potential
>> servers  working with a suitable Linux flavour. Since we have not found
>> any incompatibility issues with Debian linux  we are forwarding this
>> request asking your opinion.
>> Is there anyone who faced problems in getting Debian linux working with
>> any of the above servers. Pls. let us know if there are any known issues
>> related to these servers  working with  Debian Linux Kernel 2.6.10 .
>> More importantly  we would like to find out if there are any known
>> problems of  these servers when working with Digium TE411P ISDN card
>> under Debian linux .
>> Thank you.
>> Ravindra
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