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hp ProLiant ML110G3 and SuSE Linux 10.1 installation problem (RAID)

Vassilios Vamvas
Occasional Contributor

hp ProLiant ML110G3 and SuSE Linux 10.1 installation problem (RAID)

Hello,

I am trying to install SuSE Linux 10.1 on an hp Proliant ML110G3 machine. The PC has two 160GB SATA drives and I've created a RAID-1 array using the built-in SATA RAID controller's BIOS utility.

When I boot with the installation DVD and I reach the point where I can specify the partitions I want to create, I notice that the setup program provides me with both /dev/sda and /dev/sdb drives, whereas I was expecting to see only one logical drive, eg. /dev/sda, since I've already created an array using the controller BIOS. Of course I don't continue any further with the installation since creating a RAID from within the OS in this situation would not be a sensible thing to do.

Why can't the array be detected? Am I doing something wrong here? How can I persuade SuSE Linux to actually see only the logical array I've created?

Just a note aside: I've installed Windows 2000 Server on an identical machine. My problem there was that there was no possibility to use a floppy with the F6 key to insert the necessary RAID driver during installation. I've got around this by building another installation CD with nLite and slipstreaming the drivers there. After that, Windows presented me with only one hard drive. That's what I am trying to accomplish using Suse.

I really would like to make this work. Does anybody know of a way?

Waiting anxiously....

Vassilis Vamvas
2 REPLIES
raadek
Honored Contributor

Re: hp ProLiant ML110G3 and SuSE Linux 10.1 installation problem (RAID)

A part of Intel E7230 chipset is responsible for embedded RAID functionality & officially only Windows OS is supported.

You may try this though:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/iswraid

Rgds
Don't panic! [THGTTG]
Marek Podmaka
Frequent Advisor

Re: hp ProLiant ML110G3 and SuSE Linux 10.1 installation problem (RAID)

... so this means that this server does not have a true hardware RAID, but only software RAID - so Windows driver & main CPU are doing all RAID operations.
Many people recommend using linux software RAID (md) instead of these pseudo-hardware RAIDs. So don't create any RAID in the BIOS, but from the two physical disks create a linux raid md array during installation.