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Re: Dell PowerEdge Pro410 with NetBSD 5
On Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:37:39 +0100, Philip Dodd <philip.dodd%free.fr@localhost>
Out of curiosity, has anyone experience of running a Dell PowerEdge
R410 under NetBSD 5 ? I'm struggling to install a hosted dedicated
server of this type, and for the moment I don't know if it's related
to a bug on the iDRAC (that is known to the hoster when you use
virtual media to mount an ISO image on the console over a fairly slow
ADSL) or whether there is an issue booting the kernel that won't even
be solved by using physical media.
Having taken the iDRAC out of the issue, I now boot the iso from an
image on the partition using MEMLINUX booted from GRUB. I realise this
is a convoluted way of doing things, but it's the only workaround I've
found for not being able to get physical media in the server, and not
having to use the virtual media feature of iDRAC which is known to the
hoster to corrupt ISO images.
Anyway, the top and bottom of it is that NetBSD and the Dell PowerEdge
R410 seem to hate each other. The install kernel starts to load but
very early on (before the green console text usually, or just after the
Regents of the University of California) then the whole machine freezes
(IPMI connection is even lost). It's difficult to troubleshoot further
as even my virtual console window disappears, and it requires a
technician from the hoster to go and physically restart the machine.
(BTW, I think they're starting to hate me :/ )
This behaviour is the same from a normal install boot and booting
without ACPI and SMP.
I really wanted to try Xen on this box with NetBSD dom0, but it looks
like I'm going to have to use ESXi to do something useful with the
machine :( unless anyone has any further ideas for me to try.
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