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Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

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Luessi
Occasional Advisor

Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi there

DL180 G6
Smart Array P212
4 x 750GB SATA

Dear community - I need you help !

Triyng to install CentOS 5.1, but it always stops by formatting filesystem. Here is what I allready tried (I'm at the end now ! :))

-tried different mediums (centos,redhat)
-same behavior with different RAIDs (tried 1 and RAID 5)
-yes, I also used the smart array linux driver disk
-tried graphical and linux text mode

It fails always at "formatting filesystem". The only difference I've seen, is that it stops around 11% with 2 disks in RAID1. With RAID 5 it fails around 98%.

Thsx for your help !
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Gary Benavides Meza
Trusted Contributor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Before installing trying to install the Operating System, boot into the BIOS and erase the boot disk, in order to erase any corrupted data or information from a previous installation, erase the Array and create it again.
Luessi
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

- allready did that several times through P212 Bios and even trhough the "easy-set-up"-cd from HP and the "erase-system-tool and ACU........
Willem Bargeman
Occasional Advisor
Solution

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi,

We have he the same problems with installing CentOS on a DL 180 G6.

Config:
DL 180 G6
SmartArray P212
2 x 250 GB SATA
4 x 1 TB SATA

Have you found a solution for this installation problem?
Luessi
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi there, unfortunately not! But at the moment we can't install any OS, even not Win... did you find any solution?
Willem Bargeman
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi there,

I have found the problem!

The problem is the Western Digital drive. We have received 2 hdd types. 1 Seagate and 1 WD. I created a RAID 0 volume with only the Seagate drive and the OS install fine. When I create a RAID 0 or RAID 0 + 1 with the WD drive the OS install was freezing when it try to format the drive.

I think it is an issue between the Smart Array 212 and the WD drive. I have installed the latest firmware of the Smart Array and of the WD drive but it doesn't fix this problem.

I have opened a case at HP support and I hope that the HDD will be replaced with a Seagate or a soon firmware update for the 212 or / and the WD drive
Luessi
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi, many thanks for your input.

I confirm we have 4 x WD SATA deliverered. So I can't test at the moment with another drive. If this is the problem, then it also doen't work with the smart array P410, cause we tested that as well.

in about 15min the HP Technician will be at our place, so we can give him your input and will let you know about the solution...

Best regards.
Tom
Luessi
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi Willem

you're right!

HP sent me 2 x 750GB SAS disk for testing. I just now installed Centos without any problem. Because they have only one spare-part-number for the 750GB SATA drives, they can't controll, if the next delivery will be Seagate or WesternDigital. So they decided to send me SAS drives! Cool, but I will tell them now, that they have to exchange 12 SATA 750 GB to SAS !! hehe, cause I ordered 12 for the 12-drive-cage model... But this will be the only solution, cause also if they would be able to send me Seagate disks, I wouldn't accept, cause you will run into trouble any time you will have to change a disk.

Many thanks to you + please answer to my post, so I can give you some more points!

BR
Tom
Willem Bargeman
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi Tom,

Good to hear that replacing of the disks will work!

To day, we have received 1 new Seagate drive and the installation is successful! HP have to fix the WD problem.

Willem
Luessi
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

..I'm fighting with them to get finally all 12 disks replaced.... Thank you, BR, Tom
Luessi
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

After replacing the WD-Disks, it works
Willem Bargeman
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi,


We are still awaiting a resolution from HP.
They changed our WD's for Seagate, but still on SATA interface. Configuring a RAID set does comply now, but an installation of any OS will still cause a freeze of the entire system.

Our CASE has been upgraded to level 3, where several engineers are working on a solution. We have requested HP to make the same changes as deployed to you.

They are investigating this matter and kindly asked us to wait..

Regards,


Remy and Willem
cosmos puglisi
Occasional Visitor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi all,

we have a big problem with two servers like that:
a) dl 180 g6 - smart array p212 - 2x250GB Sata seagate + 10x1TB SATA WD
b) dl 180 g6 - smart array p212 - 2x250GB Sata seagate + 2x500GB SATA WD

the os installed is win2k8enterprise64bit, the system was installed but it crash everytime we copy something (from network, from usb driver from other hd and from same directory too).
We tried using all possible configuration of Disk and Raid. Last test we do, the servers were configured with only one HD (Seagate).

Have you any idea?

p.s.: we haven't SAS disk good for this server's model
Willem Bargeman
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Hi All,

We have been updated with the following comment by email via the case we have logged with HP:

please find the below mentioned steps to update the P212/ZM firmware and reinstall the OS

DL180 G6 12HDD Backplane Firmware version 2.06 (CP011294.scexe) has the fix. Firmware is released on the following ftp site. ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1/sc-linux-fw-array/p1683480336/v55028



Follwing are the steps used to flash the firmware.



Requirements:

1. One system running Windows XP or Vista with CD-ROM Burner and ISO image burning software. I call it PC1 in following paragraphs for convenience.

2. 1 MB USB key drive. (CAUTION: All data on the USB key will be deleted in step.

3. Empty CD-ROM media. (needed in step 2)



Procedures:

1. Install HP USB Key Utility for Windows on PC1

a. Download â HP USB Key Utility for Windowsâ version 1.2 from the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3884339&prodNameId=3884340&swEnvOID=4024&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-9239be09de8445df862ef01788

b. Install on PCI.



2. Create Easy Set-up CD version 2.0

a. Download â HP ProLiant DL180 G6 Easy Set-up CDâ version 2 from the following link: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3884339&prodNameId=3884340&swEnvOID=1005&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-9ab23f00f78e47dba30db99071

b. Unzip downloaded file (516364-023.zip)

c. Burn unzip file (516364-023.iso) image to Disc (Empty CD-ROM media).



3. Create Easy Set-up USB key drive.

a. Insert 1MB USB key drive in PC1

b. Insert Easy Set-up CD (created in step 2) in PC1

c. Run Start> HP System Tools> HP USB Key Utility from PC1 follow the screen instruction.



4. Download CP011294.scexe from the following site and copy to USB drive in [F:] files. You may have different drive letter then â F:â ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1/sc-linux-fw-array/p1683480336/v55028



5. Go to # prompt.

a. Shut down system, Remove all hard drives.

b. Boost system with USB key drive.

c. Click â Nextâ on Language and Keyboard Selectionâ screen.

d. Click â Agreedâ on HP END USER LICENSE AGREEMENTâ screen

e. Press CTRL+ALT+F1

f. Then CTRL+ALT+F2 on â starting step 4 of 4)

g. Then press Enter



6. Flash the 12HDD backplane firmware

a. Type cd /mnt/bootdevice/files

b. ./ CP011294.scexe (This will Unit has ROM 1.x â

c. Press â yâ on â Flash this device [NO, yes, quit]â Note: Firmware flash could take unto 15 minutes

d. Once flash is completed system will reboot automatically. If system is not booted you can turn the power off when you see the following message.

e. Flash completed.



Could any one of you also test this?
we are trying it out tomorrow (friday).


Best Regards,

Remy and WIllem
cosmos puglisi
Occasional Visitor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

In one server the patch works fine in another it does not start and return me the message "No device found to update."
Willem Bargeman
Occasional Advisor

Re: Problems installing Redhat/CentOS 5.1 on DL180 G6 / P212

Just to be sure: what are the controller specifications for both systems?

Ours is a P212/Zm model
This is a family member to the P410 and P810 series.

We are currently running the upgrade.

Does your first system react as it should after the upgrade?


Regards,

Remy