[CentOS] CentOS on Dell Poweredge 2850

Sorin at Gmail sorin.srbu at gmail.com
Wed Sep 17 08:26:17 UTC 2008


Ian Forde <> scribbled on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:35 PM:

>> Our department's planning to buy a refurbished Dell Poweredge 2850 running
>> dual-xeons and with a rather big raid array (8x 146GB).
>> 
>> *My* plan is to install CentOS on this machine and I'd like to hear with
>> you guys if there are any gotchas' doing this.
>> 
>> My main concern is the ability of CentOS to recognise the raid-controller
>> of the Dell and run a raid5-array as well as drivers for the onboard NICs.
>> 
>> Any feedback on this is appreciated.
> 
> I don't forsee any problems.  I'm running CentOS 5.2 on a 2950 III and
> omreport installs fine without any problems.  I can see the RAID array
> and monitor via the Nagios omreport plugins (search nagios-exchange for
> them).  Onboard NICs shouldn't be a problem either...

Thx. A former unix-admin at the dept thinks it might be a little on the old
side hardware-wise, this particular server is about four years old. I'm
split...

This particular Poweredge modell is certified for RHEL 2 and 3. If I'd try to
install RHEL5 on it, would bad things happen, or is it just a support issue?
Seeing how CentOS 5.2 is equivalent to RHEL5, I don't see *what* could happen
though... Kernel panics??
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