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Old 07-13-2005, 03:44 PM   #1
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Installing Linux Shrike 9.0 on Dell Poweredge 2850 Server


I am having much trouble installing this Shrike for our VoIP system on our server. With the correct working shrike cds in, the system boots from it. It goes through a regular installation procedure without any problems, but then it says that there are no devices installed, incuding harddrives. This makes no sense in and of itself, but that's not the point. The point is that the list of devices it has doesn't list our harddrives, or the raid drivers for them. I also tried booting Shrike from the normal Dell Server installation, and I get the same error. Is there anyone that could please help me?
 
Old 07-13-2005, 07:03 PM   #2
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It goes through the entire install, including formatting the drives, and installing all the packages, and after a reboot it reports it can't find any devices? What's the exact error that it reports?
 
Old 07-14-2005, 08:15 AM   #3
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It doesn't exactly go through the entire install.. it asks me if I want to install linux, then a bunch of linux code comes up. It asks me if I want to test the media, and I say yes, and it passes then I continue. Then it says you have no devices installed. The list of devices it gives me doesn't contain the devices on my system. I skip this part, and it brings me to a graphical instal. A nice normal install comes. It asks me for my my mouse my keyboard and if I want to run it as a server or some other stuff.. I say server, and then it goes to some sort of partitioning screen. It asks me if I want to partition it automatically or use disk druid to partitition it. The first time I did disk druid, and it didn't work because it said you don't have any devices installed, then it reboots. I tried not using disk druid and it didn't work.
 
Old 07-14-2005, 04:43 PM   #4
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It sounds like it doesn't have the module for the disk controller loaded. Are you using SATA, SCSI, or IDE hard drives? IDE should work, SATA probably isn't supported by redhat9 and if it's SCSI you'll need to make sure the module for the controller is loaded, but if the redhat installer doesn't load it, it's probably not available. What model is the server?
 
Old 07-14-2005, 07:30 PM   #5
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The server is Dell Poweredge 2850 server. The drives are scuzzy. I try to configure them in bios by pressing f12 in the boot sequence, and it says they're already configured. Then when I go to initialize them, it says you need to configure them. I've tried evertyihng, and I've tried every different boot. I even found a file that has the drivers for my system and the other poweredge servers for Debian, and that won't work either. I don't understand how it won't detect harddrives..
 
Old 07-14-2005, 08:32 PM   #6
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I try to configure them in bios by pressing f12 in the boot sequence, and it says they're already configured. Then when I go to initialize them, it says you need to configure them.
Redhat, Debian, Windows, or whatever will never see the RAID until it's initialized or set as JBOD. I'd get Dell on the phone and have them assist with configuring the RAID. Only guessing I'd say that server uses a PERC4. It was a while back when I set a server up with that controller, but I don't remember having any issues. If you don't have a Dell support contract you can probably find a manual somewhere online. The PERC4 is just a Dell-branded LSI MegaRAID, so you might want to checkout the LSI website.
 
  


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