Fwd: Re: advice on resolving some basic (FAQ?) PE / MDS issues
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>
Le 28/01/2012 11:22, jason andrade a écrit :
> 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:
> 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
> 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.
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
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).
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
Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas - UMR 7648
Observatoire de Saint-Maur
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