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

John Hinton webmaster at ew3d.com
Thu Feb 18 15:40:27 UTC 2010

Go to the HP.com website and download the SmartStart CD for your system. 
This has everything you need to configure the raid. The raid on these 
machines is a 'hardware' raid running through a proprietary raid card. 
It is 'extremely' robust. However, you must use the HP SmartStart disk 
(or perhaps there is something else from hp/compaq?) to configure your 
raid. The raid card in that machine most likely has a battery on it to 
allow protected write caching. Very speedy. The battery is used in case 
of power outage... the data still gets written.

As for the OS selection, don't worry about it, just create the raid and 
CentOS will find it and install.

John Hinton

On 2/17/2010 5:50 PM, Rainer Duffner wrote:
> Am 17.02.2010 um 23:26 schrieb Niki Kovacs:
>> Fernando Gleiser a écrit :
>>> And yes, first build the array from within the smatarray utility,
>>> then you can install centos.
>>> I've installed centos, rhel and fedora on 100s of MLs and DLs
>>> without any problems
>> I'm sorry but I can't seem to find that "Smart Array" utility. The
>> machine I have was shipped "as is", with some loose disks, no apparent
>> system on it, and it came without any CD or handbook. And the HP site
>> isn't exactly helpful for that. Officially this hardware supports
>> RHEL3
>> and RHEL4, and that's it. Looks like there's no way to install CentOS5
>> on it (correct me if I'm wrong).
>> Plus, I admit I'm lost in the sheer myriad of options in the various
>> boot configuration tools (bios, scsi configurator). So far I haven't
>> managed to have any disk recognized, and what puzzles me is that there
>> isn't the slightest mention of a disk in the bios.
>> Niki
> That's because it's probably handled by the controller.
> Can you make a video of it booting and upload it to youtube?
> Then, we can look at it and tell you the timecode where you have to
> press what key.
> cheers,
> Rainer
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