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DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

dan dobbs
Frequent Advisor

DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

Greetings. My Advanced Server (upgr 2) install seems to hang on reboot. I created the HD arrays with the ROM utility, and Disk Druid found them ok (during install). I created a boot disk, and everything looked lovely. I rebooted, and it did a kernel panic, something about having trouble mounting an EXT3 file system. I did 'normal' mount points, /boot first, a swap partition, nothing weird.

Is there a driver that I should have loaded before installing the OS? The only driver I saw on the web page was an RPM, and I can't very well load an RPM if the darn thing won't boot. :>)

Any replies appreciated!

-dd
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Steven E. Protter
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Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

What kind of card are you using to connect to the array? You may need a better driver or make a kernel change to properly enable this card.

You probably need to have the card drive handy if its not on the hardware compatability list.

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dan dobbs
Frequent Advisor

Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

It's the built-in card, a 641, I believe. (I'm running 5 drives on the internal card). I remember a similar problem on an old Compaq, but that driver wasn't an RPM.
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dan dobbs
Frequent Advisor

Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

The message is: "error 19 mounting ext3". I've seen that before when I've misbuilt a kernel, but this is factory stock from the cd's?
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Dave_56
Frequent Advisor

Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install


Just for your info - I have installed RH AS2.1 on a few DL380 servers using all the standard onboard config, and the partitioning done mainly with the RH wizard -- all very plain and boring.

I've had no issue at all. I do load the latest Compaq Support Pack (6.4 is what I've just loaded) , but that's AFTER installation and ofcourse the server needs to be booting :-)

You did mention that your environment is an UPGRADE. That appears to be the only difference between yours and mine (mine are all clean installs).

Cheers
Dave
dan dobbs
Frequent Advisor

Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

Not an upgrade, I'm doing a fresh install with the RH 2.1 AS 'Upgrade 2' CD's. I'm thinking that I might want to try this with the 'original' 2.1 cd's.

I called Red Hat, and they had a bunch of jibber-jabber about the RAID card not being supported for the kernel. I'm thinking the big ole 'Red Hat Certified' tags on the web sites wouldn't be there if it didn't work out of the box. :>)
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Vitaly Karasik_1
Honored Contributor

Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

are you speaking about DL360G3?

I have few DL360 & 380 with cciss driver (Smart Array 5i plus), everything is OK.

Regards
Vitaly
dan dobbs
Frequent Advisor

Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

OK, let's try this. Did your Red Hat CD's come from HP, or Red Hat? I burned ISO's of the 'original' RH AS 2.1, and got a new error on reboot--something about the cciss module again.

I'm wondering if the nice folks at HP were kind enough to homebrew yer kernel so you didn't have to go through this (something my 'generic' Red Hat CD's may not have).

Please no more 'well, it worked fine for me' e-mails. They aren't a whole lot of help. :>)

-dd
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Vitaly Karasik_1
Honored Contributor

Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

from RH;

and, as far as I remember, I used RHEL AS 2.1 update 2 CDs (you can dw them from rhn.redhat.com)

I don't use Proliant's SmartStart disk.

Rgds,
Vitaly
dan dobbs
Frequent Advisor

Re: DL380 and Red Hat AS 2.1 Install

Solution!

You HAVE to use LILO. GRUB, for whatever reason, just doesn't work. Once I installed with LILO, bada-bing, bada-boom.

Thanks for all the responses, assigning points now.

-dd
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