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Old 09-18-2012, 08:45 AM   #1
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RHEL 5 installation in HP proliant DL180 G6 server


I am trying to install RHEL5 in HP proliant DL180 G6 server But the option for partitioning does not showing any disk drives. I have install the Win 2008 in the same server using Smart installation CD successfully. But linux can not be installed using the installation disk. I have updated the ROM too. But not succeeded. So, please give your valuable suggestions.
 
Old 09-18-2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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I am trying to install RHEL5 in HP proliant DL180 G6 server But the option for partitioning does not showing any disk drives. I have install the Win 2008 in the same server using Smart installation CD successfully. But linux can not be installed using the installation disk. I have updated the ROM too. But not succeeded. So, please give your valuable suggestions.
The first two suggestions would be:
  1. Load the latest version of RHEL...5 is old.
  2. Contact Red Hat support, since you're paying for it with your RHEL subscription.
After that, the Proliants usually have a RAID controller...if you don't go into the BIOS and define a disk array first, there won't BE any disks to partition. Often times too, you'll have to manually load the megaraid module manually at install time, to get the drive to show up. After that, installation should go ok, but you'll have to manually build the initrd script to allow it to boot normally after that...which is exactly what Red Hat support can help you with.

Also, have you contacted HP support for the Linux RAID drivers?
 
Old 09-18-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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Also, have you contacted HP support for the Linux RAID drivers?
You shouldn't need to look for any drivers from HP. Red Hat runs on virtually all HP Proliants out of the box. Most companies I can think of have some version or other of Red Hat running on loads of Proliants.

You'll need to set up the SmartArray card which you can either do by breaking in when the system POSTs or you can run the ACU (Array Configuration Utility) which you get from the SmartStart CD. Go and download the iso here

Go for the latest version, it shouldn't matter whether you use the 32 or 64bit one as you're not loading Windows.

The CD's bootable, you can use the diagnostic section to check out your hardware and the ACU to set up the RAID. Once you've set up and initialised the RAID, the new Virtual disk should show up as /dev/ccis/c0d0 (If I remember correctly) when you come to do your installation. Exit the Smartstart CD and boot the Red Hat installation one, you should now have the virtual disk to install it on.

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:46 PM   #4
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You shouldn't need to look for any drivers from HP. Red Hat runs on virtually all HP Proliants out of the box. Most companies I can think of have some version or other of Red Hat running on loads of Proliants.
Agreed...I mentioned that in my post, but I do remember one Proliant model a while back that had problems. Had to get a specific module from HP and load it. Also had a model where I had to load both the megaraid *AND* the megaraid_old module (in that order), before the array was visible under Red Hat.

However...that was a while back.....
 
Old 09-19-2012, 04:26 AM   #5
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Thanks for your response. Server is having P410 RAID controller card and I have configured Raid5 using the HP smart CD. A logical drive of 273GB is showing as /dev/sda1 in the diagnostic report in the HP Smart CD configure page. So, using this CD I can install windows server OS since it has only the selected OS of Windows only. Therefore for linux I boot the OS CD without the help of HP Smart installation CD. But while creation of partition it does not showing any disk space, i.e., the logical drive of 273GB. I think the Raid is not detecting by the Linux os. For that I think proper Raid driver is required during installation using Diskette. I tried several times to install the drivers using flash drive but it does not accept any driver. Please give your valuable tips and links for the proper driver if required.
 
Old 09-19-2012, 10:28 AM   #6
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Thanks for your response. Server is having P410 RAID controller card and I have configured Raid5 using the HP smart CD. A logical drive of 273GB is showing as /dev/sda1 in the diagnostic report in the HP Smart CD configure page. So, using this CD I can install windows server OS since it has only the selected OS of Windows only. Therefore for linux I boot the OS CD without the help of HP Smart installation CD. But while creation of partition it does not showing any disk space, i.e., the logical drive of 273GB. I think the Raid is not detecting by the Linux os. For that I think proper Raid driver is required during installation using Diskette. I tried several times to install the drivers using flash drive but it does not accept any driver. Please give your valuable tips and links for the proper driver if required.
Ok..did you miss the part above where we gave you 'valuable tips'??? Again:
  • Load the latest version of RHEL...again, 5 is old
  • Call Red Hat support (you're paying for it with your purchase of RHEL)
  • Call HP Support (you're paying for it with your purchase of the server)
  • Again, have you tried loading the megaraid module manually at installation time?
Pay particular attention to the first three suggestions. And if you want 'links' to the drivers, you can get them from Red Hat support, since they can probably tell you where they are...AGAIN, call Red Hat support. Also, did you read/understand what Soadyheid said???
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Exit the Smartstart CD and boot the Red Hat installation one, you should now have the virtual disk to install it on.
...and now on to what you actually DID
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Therefore for linux I boot the OS CD without the help of HP Smart installation CD.
Do you see any differences between those two? If you want advice, and you are given advice, the best thing to do is TAKE IT. If it doesn't work, things can move forward, but if you don't follow what you're told, what's the point of even asking someone else?

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