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Intel Server Board S5500BC RAID driver issue

Maaz
Valued Contributor

Intel Server Board S5500BC RAID driver issue

Intel Server Board S5500BC is RHEL and SLE Certified/Supported product.
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/s5500bc/sb/CS-030212.htm

via BIOS HW RAID 5 configured, but upon booting the system with SLES10SP2 media, YaST shows me three hard drives.. It means that SUSE does not detect the HW RAID

I think I have to install the RAID driver.
a) how to install RAID driver on SLES and RHEL ? (esp when there is no floppy drive on the machine). I have never installed the storage driver before.
b) please help me locate/find the RAID driver for linux, I searched the Intel website, but failed to find the RAID driver for Linux.

Regards
Maaz
6 REPLIES
Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: Intel Server Board S5500BC RAID driver issue

Hi,

the same problem detected somebody in novell forum.

http://forums.novell.com/novell-product-support-forums/suse-linux-enterprise-server-sles/sles-hardware/375378-intel-board-s5500bc-hw-raid-not-detected-sles10sp2.html

maybe you are the person, that inserted this case ???

But nobody ansvered yet.

mikap

in your case try to install centos ( RHEL ) and check if the RAID was recognized and if yes check the driver ( kernel modul ), and them make custom installation on SLES
Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: Intel Server Board S5500BC RAID driver issue

hi,

check this link :
http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?strState=LIVE&ProductID=2305&DwnldID=13744&agr=Y〈=eng

its old one about update driver during the installation, yes a know in this case its with floppy but the USB-pen-drive could be also used.

mikap
Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: Intel Server Board S5500BC RAID driver issue

hi,

this i my last post, i found this docu from intel.

http://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/s5500bc/sb/s5500bc_sr1630bc_spec_update_apr_09.pdf

maybe you should send some bug report to the intel.


mikap

Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: Intel Server Board S5500BC RAID driver issue

hi,

sorry for all posts,

i found this direct on intel :

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filter_results.aspx?strTypes=all&ProductID=3076&OSFullName=SUSE*+Linux+Enterprise+Server+10〈=eng&strOSs=149&submit=Go!

check the tool :
9.Intel® Deployment Assistant ISO Image

maybe it somethings like a "SmartCD from HP"

mikap

PS: please let me know if the cd was helpfull
Steven E. Protter
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Re: Intel Server Board S5500BC RAID driver issue

Shalom,

I think you need to wait for patches for SLES.

I can't find duplicate RH reports, so they may already have the driver built into their kernel.

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Maaz
Valued Contributor

Re: Intel Server Board S5500BC RAID driver issue

Michal Kapalka
> maybe you are the person, that inserted this case ???
Yes

>check this link :
>http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?strState=LIVE&ProductID=2305&Dw
nldID=13744&agr=Y〈=eng
Its for SAS drives RAID controller. while we have SATA disk, and no RAID controller(its a BIOS base RAID, a kind of Software RAID).

> check the tool :
> 9.Intelà ® Deployment Assistant ISO Image
> maybe it somethings like a "SmartCD from HP"
Its a Utility CD, to create RAID

Actually there is no RAID Controller on this Main Board. This is a Software RAID but enabled from the BIOS and configured(raid 1/5 etc) via a Utility CD of the Motherboard. Somewhere I read that this type of RAID are for Windows machines.

I did a complete install of SLES10 SP2, and then when I run the GUI tool for Storage Management(or Disk Partitioner) "yast2 disk", YaST gives me the following Warning/error

WARNING: This system has at least one hard disk with RAID configuration
presented by the BIOS as RAID that is in fact a Software RAID. The
following disks were detected as part of such a RAID:

/dev/sda /dev/sdb /dev/sdc

The Linux 2.4 kernel supported some of these systems(like Promise FastTrack and
HighPoint RocketRaid), but the linux 2.6 kernel does not support them at all.

If you install onto these disks, your RAID configuration and data
on the RAID will be lost

Regards
Maaz