[CentOS] HP Proliant ML150 : how do I access disks ?

Jim Wildman jim at rossberry.com
Wed Feb 17 15:12:05 UTC 2010

There should be a message from the bios about "configure the disk
controller".  It's usually F8 to get into it.  Once in, you will need to
create virtual/logical drives.  Depending on the model you may not be
able to do anything other than a RAID array.  You may be able to create
single disk 'arrays' if you really want to see the individual drives.

Once you have the drives created, the installer should see them.  On DL
series Proliants they are /dev/cciss/c0d0 (for the first array).  You
will want to grab the appropriate HP agents from the web site.  hpacucli
is very useful as it allows you to access the drives (and any new ones
you get) from the command line of the OS.

On Wed, 17 Feb 2010, Niki Kovacs wrote:

> Hi,
> Up until now, I've only installed Linux either on "desktop" hardware,
> meaning one of the desktop PCs in the LAN acted as a server machine for
> the network, or I rented some dedicated server somewhere in a datacenter.
> Last week I bought some server hardware, a used HP Proliant ML150. It's
> the first time I am dealing with this sort of hardware. The hardware was
> sold "as is", without any warranty.
> When I open the front cache, there are six small "drawers", and the
> bottom two of them each contain a 72 GB hard disk.
> I inserted a CentOS 5.4 install CD (1 of 6), and the installer (linux
> text) booted correctly. But when it comes to partitioning, it "sees" no
> disk.
> Unlike the usual desktop hardware, there seems to be a myriad of
> configuration options, and I'm a bit lost here. So first things first.
> How do I configure this machine so the CentOS installer can actually
> recognize my two inserted hard disks as such : say, sda and sdb or
> similarly ?
> Any suggestions ?
> Niki Kovacs
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Jim Wildman, CISSP, RHCE       jim at rossberry.com http://www.rossberry.com
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