PowerEdge 1850 + debian sarge + EMC AX100

David Hubbard dhubbard at dino.hostasaurus.com
Mon May 8 02:15:13 CDT 2006


Could you run Bonnie++ against one of the mount points
to see what kind of performance numbers you get out
of that?

Thanks,

David 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com 
> [mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of 
> sylvain.david at etranges-libellules.fr
> Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 10:13 AM
> To: linux-poweredge at dell.com
> Subject: Re: PowerEdge 1850 + debian sarge + EMC AX100
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> Here's a feedback for my installation, which seems to works 
> pretty good 
> since 15 days :
> 
> My objective :
>   replace an old netware server with a samba3 pdc with a lot of disk 
> space, under Debian because it's open-source and I love the apt-get 
> upgrade command.
> 
> My Hardware :
> 1) the server :
> Dell Poweredge 1850
> Dual Xeon 3.2 HT
> 4 GB RAM DDR2 ECC
> Adaptec SCSI 39160 (for tape)
> Perc 4di (for two SCSI disk in RAID1)
> 2x 73Gb SCSI hotplug disks
> 3x Intel  82545GM controler (2 mainboard integrated + 1)
> 
> 2) the SAN :
> EMC² AX100 powerchord iSCSI
> 8x 500Gb sata disks
> 
> 3) the backup :
> external powervault 110T (certance ultrium2 scsi tape)
> 
> --------
> 
> Software : Debian Sarge 3.1 !
> 
> --------
> 
> Mini Howto :
> - get and install debian sarge netinstall CD
> - installation with 2.4 kernel (2.6.8 failed because of the f*** 
> megaraid / megaraid2 issue)
> - installation of all dev stuff needed for compilation with apt-get
> - get the 2.6.12.6 kernel source on kernel.org
> - get open-iscsi 1.0.485
>   - patch the kernel with open-iscsi-1.0-485
>   - configure the kernel, don't forget including megaraid new driver!
>   - compile & install & reboot & enjoy!
>  
> This mini howto just give you the main steps, but in fact, I 
> have many 
> (small) problems. Finaly, after reading a lot of forums, it works!
> 
> I'll write a complete tutorial soon, because I wants to 
> install faster 
> the next Poweredge.
> 
> Below you can find :
> - kernel config 2.6.12.6
> - what lspci returns
> - a few links (in french...) wich helps me.
> 
> --------

> df -vh (Just beause I'm proud to have so lot of space :)
> 
> Sys. de fich.         Tail. Occ. Disp. %Occ. Monté sur
> /dev/sda11             24G  2,7G   20G  12% /
> tmpfs                 1,8G     0  1,8G   0% /dev/shm
> /dev/sda7             471M   19M  427M   5% /boot
> /dev/sda9             9,7G  1,6G  7,7G  17% /home
> /dev/sda8             4,9G   33M  4,6G   1% /tmp
> /dev/sda10            9,7G  234M  8,9G   3% /var/log
> tmpfs                  10M  2,9M  7,2M  29% /dev
> /dev/sdb1              20G   33M   19G   1% /mnt/SAN01/vd1_echange
> /dev/sdc1              20G  4,1G   15G  22% /mnt/SAN01/vd2_gestion
> /dev/sdd1             291G   47G  229G  17% /mnt/SAN01/vd3_home2
> /dev/sde1             291G  110G  166G  40% /mnt/SAN01/vd4_archive
> /dev/sdf1             678G  125G  518G  20% /mnt/SAN01/vd5_projet
> /dev/sdg1             291G   34G  242G  13% /mnt/SAN01/vd6_backup
> /dev/sdh1             967G  103G  815G  12% /mnt/SAN01/vd7_video
> 
> With open-iscsi we can see that all volumes are considered 
> like standard 
> scsi disks
> 
> -----
> 
> NB : I couldn't use lm-sensors... No sensors is detected, and 
> I wonder 
> why. If someone know why... he tell me!
> NB2 : I know my kernel config isn't as perfect it can. But I'm not a 
> linux guru... I'm open to optimization if you have some times 
> to analyse 
> it...
> 
> -----
> 
> site wich helps me a lot (sorry english users, a lot of links 
> below are 
> in my natural language, and I'm a frenchy frog :))
> Kernel compilation :
>   - http://lists.debian.org/debian-user-french/2004/09/msg01535.html
>   - http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/293
>   - http://pureedelinux.net/howto/bootsplash.html
>   - http://www.andesi.org/index.php?node=77
>   - 
> http://jmrreb.dynalias.net/dotclear/index.php?2005/12/23/14-co
> mpilation-du-noyau-2614x-sous-debian-sarge
> 
> iSCSI implementation :
>   - http://www.open-iscsi.org/
>   - 
> http://blog.oav.net/dotclear/index.php?2005/07/23/16-iscsi-sur
> -debian-sarge
> 
> Samba 3 :
>   - http://contribs.martymac.com/
>   - 
> http://www.linux-france.org/~fclerc/article/serveur/samba-acl/
> debian-samba-acl-xfs.html
>   - http://www.linuxfr.org/2002/11/03/10078.html
>   - http://slis.ac-creteil.fr/se3.html
> 
> Bacula (network save on tape utility )
>  - http://www.bacula.org
> 
> Hope it can helps someone.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Sylvain.
> 
> sylvain.david at etranges-libellules.fr a écrit :
> > Thank you John,
> > My problem, is that I have an AX100, so now I have to find 
> a solution to 
> > use it.
> > Dell tell me that EMC AX100 was supported officialy with 
> redhat distro 
> > (but not Debian...) So I think that if Redhat can, Debian 
> can too! And I 
> > love Debian, so I will do all what I can to install Debian on my 
> > Poweredge 1850 / EMC AX100 combo.
> >
> > I saw an option in the 2.6 kernel configuration which deals 
> about AX/CX 
> > support. This option is somewhere in the RAID/LVM support 
> sub option. I 
> > think it's something like CONFIG_DM_MULTIPATH_EMC but i'm 
> not sure.And 
> > there are nice site about iSCSI and linux :
> > - http://linux-iscsi.sourceforge.net/
> > - http://www.cuddletech.com/articles/iscsi/
> > I will read and test all of that, and when I will find a 
> good solution, 
> > I will write it somewhere (for the next installation), and 
> if people on 
> > this list are nice, I probably post this doc here too... :)
> >
> > have a nice week end!
> >
> > Sylvain.
> >
> > Well, if someone have already a tutorial about debian 
> poweredge & AX100, 
> > he could post it too!
> >
> > John Parnefjord a écrit :
> >   
> >> When I was talking to Dell about a SAN they claimed that 
> the iSCSI was only supported by Windows. Linux distros (read 
> RedHat) was not supported. And they wouldn't sell me the 
> larger model, CX300 or something, as I'm using Debian and 
> they can't give support on that which has to be included when 
> buying one of those, puh!
> >>
> >> Anyway this was what Frederic Perrouin answered me when I 
> asked the list about powerpath on debian:
> >>
> >> "If you want you can use md with mdadm package to make 
> same thing like powerpath emc.
> >> Mdadm can make array for RAID, but can make multipath too."
> >>
> >>
> >> // John
> >>  
> >>   
> >>     
> >>> Hi all,
> >>>
> >>> I successfully install debian sarge on my new poweredge 1850, 
> >>> but it's the first time I use iSCSI, so I'm looking for any 
> >>> experience with such configuration. I'm on the way to upgrade 
> >>> my kernel to a 2.6.x (the megaraid name driver issue should 
> >>> not be a problem for me, well I hope!) but I'm lost about how 
> >>> to install powerpath to connect the poweredge 1850 with the 
> >>> AX100. Does anyone has an experience to share with debian and 
> >>> AX100, or better a tutorial?
> >>>
> >>> Thank you
> >>>
> >>> Sylvain.
> >>>
> >>> ----
> >>> In my natural language :
> >>>
> >>> Bonjour à tous,
> >>>
> >>> j'ai installé avec succès Debian Sarge sur mon nouveau 
> >>> poweredge 1850, mais c'est la première fois que j'utilise 
> >>> iSCSI. Aussi, si quelqu'un a une experience d'utilisation de 
> >>> Debian avec AX100, je suis très interessé. Je suis sur le 
> >>> point de mettre à jour mon noyau 2.4 vers un
> >>> 2.6 (j'ai lu pas mal de documentation sur les soucis liés au 
> >>> changement de nom du drivers megaraid, mais je devrais m'en 
> >>> sortir, enfin
> >>> j'espère!) C'est surtout la procédure d'installation pour 
> >>> faire communiquer la baie AX100 iSCSI avec le poweredge 1850 
> >>> qui m'effraie. 
> >>> Est-ce que quelqu'un a une expérience d'utilisation  de 
> >>> Debian avec une baie AX100, ou mieux un tutorial?
> >>>
> >>> Merci d'avance!
> >>>
> >>> Sylvain.
> >>>  
> >>>
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