[CentOS] CentOS on Dell Poweredge 2850

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Wed Sep 17 08:50:29 UTC 2008


Michel van Deventer <> scribbled on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 10:31 AM:

>>>> 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??
>
> I'm running RHEL5 and CentOS 5 on many PE 2850's. As long as you use the
> Dell PERC4 or PERC5 controllers all will work well. Onboard NICs work
> fine too.

Do they vary in this particular series?
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