Advice for a debian server

Johan Sjöberg johan.sjoberg at
Mon Sep 6 11:25:21 CDT 2010


As far as I know, the bnx2-firmware package is still not integrated in the debian install media. This is because it is "non-free".
You can use this script to create a netinstall iso with the bnx2 drivers integrated.

More info:

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces at [mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] On Behalf Of Tim Small
Sent: den 6 september 2010 18:02
To: Emmanuel Lesouef
Cc: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: Advice for a debian server

On 06/09/10 13:57, Emmanuel Lesouef wrote:
> Reading this list, I sometimes see threads complaining about 
> compatibility issue between recent Dell servers and Debian GNU/Linux.
> What is the most stable and compatible model in order to install 
> Debian Stable (Lenny) ?

Anything without a SASx controller (LSI 1068 / LSI 1068E etc.), in my experience (just spent the morning recovering a Lenny server following data corruptions with these crappy controllers).

I'm quite happy with the option of using software RAID along with the onboard SATA controllers on the R210, R310, R410.  Not sure if they do a hot-swap option with SATA-only (i.e. non-SAS) configurations, but if they don't and you need this, then I can recommend the Intel Server Systems instead (e.g. Intel SR1630HGPRX,  SR1695GPRX etc.) - they are engineered to a similar quality, and you don't end up paying through the nose for large hard disks.

Make sure you use a recent Lenny kernel for the bnx2 NICs in the R210 etc. to work - you'll need to have the firmware-bnx2 package installed.  
The Lenny installer images probably have the kernel patch in by now, but if they don't, just install using a USB NIC, or similar and then update to the latest kernel post-install.


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