Fwd: Re: advice on resolving some basic (FAQ?) PE / MDS issues

Alain Péan alain.pean at lpp.polytechnique.fr
Mon Jan 30 02:52:58 CST 2012

Sorry, forgot to then the answer to the list.


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Sujet: 	Re: advice on resolving some basic (FAQ?) PE / MDS issues
Date : 	Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:38:12 +0100
De : 	Alain Péan <alain.pean at lpp.polytechnique.fr>
Pour : 	jason andrade <jason at rtfmconsult.com>

Hi Jason,

Le 28/01/2012 11:22, jason andrade a écrit :
>  G'day,
>  It's been a while since i've had to do this on Dell kit (maybe 7+ generations!)
>  so i'm wondering if there's a FAQ or can someone point me at the best way to go
>  about this.  I've done a fair bit of googling but some of the answers are a
>  bit sketchy on detail.
>  Machines have either RHEL6.1 or Ubuntu 10 or 11 installed currently.
>  o Installing the modern version of OMSA ? i've found the linux repo and
>      followed the instructions but there were a _lot_ of dependencies i had
>      to resolve and it's unclear whether i've ended up with 6.5.0 or 6.5.3?
>      I'm going to guess 6.5.0 based on:
>      srvadmin-base-6.5.0-1.1.1.el6.x86_64
>  o The best way to do bios upgrades and firmware upgrades etc.
>  Is there a bundled ISO to burn and boot or a preferred way to
>  update all the bios through OMSA installed under linux ?
>  I'm helping some people with a small cluster of R715s/R815s and
>  i don't think any of the firmware has been updated since the
>  boxes were taken out of boxes..
>  I'm seeing the machine crash with a RHEL 6.1 install complaining
>  about PCIe errors on the slot with the dual port broadcom 10G
>  card.
>  In addition they have MDS3200 with a couple of shelves - is there
>  a recommended way of updating firmware on there as well ?
>  Lastly - anyone have tips for a 'out of the box' deployment of
>  the MDS3200 with RHEL6 ? There's a chunk of startup errors that
>  show up which seem to be resolved by rebuilding the initrd image
>  but i'm still researching that..
>  They have a very simple setup of dual controller MDS connected with
>  a single SAS path from each controller in the head node back to
>  a single dual port SAS card.
>  Any advice would be great as i get back up to speed with current
>  Dell hardware.

Hi Jason,

Concerning the version of Dell OMSA, with a fully CentOS 5.7 upgraded
server, I have also the 6.5.0 version reported :
# yum info srvadmin-omacore
Installed Packages
Name       : srvadmin-omacore
Arch       : x86_64
Version    : 6.5.0
Release    : 1.143.3.el5

But I think it is nevertheless the last version.

For BIOS and firmwares updates, I think it is the best feature provided
by Dell OMSA tool under Linux. You just have (on a supported OS), to
install the 'firmware_tools', and do a :
# update_firmware  (--yes if you want to install the updates).

See :

And yes, there exists a Live OMSA DVD iso, based on CentOS, to update
non supported OS. See :

For MDS3200, sorry I have none of them.


Alain Péan - LPP/CNRS
Administrateur Système/Réseau
Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas - UMR 7648
Observatoire de Saint-Maur
4, av de Neptune, Bat. A
94100 Saint-Maur des Fossés
Tel : 01-45-11-42-39 - Fax : 01-48-89-44-33

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