replacing RH 7.3 on a 2650: please advise
jason at rtfmconsult.com
Sun May 30 21:11:01 CDT 2004
On Fri, 28 May 2004 Ernest.Buford at uvm.edu wrote:
> With RedHat 7.3 at EOL, is Enterprise Linux 3 a safe bet?
yes. and RHL9 is also EOL. RHEL3 is not released at
> I see that RedHat certifies RHEL 3 for the 2650 but not
> for the PowerVaults (220S & 132T) that I'm using. (I've
> also noticed a few problems mentioned on this list.) Will
> this OS/hardware combo work well?
i don't think the OS will really make much difference to all
the various bits 'around' the server. the 220 is after all
just a disk chassis (so if the controller is recognised you
are fine) and the 132T is a tape drive so again, if the controller
it is attached to has drivers then it should detect and use
the tape drive.
> Pointers on the install would also be helpful as I am very
> new to Dell servers and have not installed Linux on a
> PowerEdge. Is the install straightforward? Should I use
> Server Assistant if I'm buying the OS direct from RedHat?
> My main concern is installing the OS on a RAID mirror and
> potential problems with drivers and such for the PERC cards
> (and NICs).
the best bet may be to use redhat's phone support to get help
with the installation process. you can also buy a number of
books to help with this. i'd like to be helpful but the
permutations can be endless depending on exactly what is being
configured. if you had a more specific question i could
try and volunteer something.
i would recommend you use the ISO images from Red Hat directly
to keep it simple.
> Also, is RHEL 3 *AS* going to be OK? Docs at dell.com seem
> to indicate that ES is preferred for a 2 processor system,
> but RedHat does not offer academic pricing for ES.
RHEL3 is all built on the same platform. there is no code difference
between RHEL3/WS ES and AS. the difference is in the following:
o Right To Use based on cpus (upto 2 for ws/es, upto 8 for AS i believe)
o Package list (WS doesn't contain some packages that ES/AS do)
o Support - WS, ES and AS provide different support levels.
> PowerEdge 2650 Dual Xeon 2.0 GHz
> 2GB RAM
> Dual Broadcom BCM5701 NICs
> PERC3Di (2 drives RAID1 for OS & 2 drives RAID1 for data)
> PERC3DC -> PV 220S (RAID5)
you don't say what size disks or how these are configured.
> Adaptec 39160 -> PV 132T
you also haven't said exactly what the server is being used for.
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