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Old 11-17-2008, 10:55 AM   #1
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Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on Dell PowerEdge 2950III


Anyone installed Ubuntu 8.0.4 LTS 64bit on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 III quad core? Just looking for possible problems. It will be used to host Zimbra Collab Suite.

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Old 11-17-2008, 05:16 PM   #2
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Have it on a IBM xSeries 3400, runs sweet as a nut outta the box. Things you gotta watch for are whether the RAID adapter will support linux based system, it should, and whether the built-in network card is supported. Post a hardware spec if you can, and I'll take a glance over it.
 
Old 11-18-2008, 08:25 AM   #3
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Dell shopping cart:

PowerEdge 2950 III Qty 1
Quad Core Intel® Xeon® E5405, 2x6MB Cache, 2.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB, No Operating System Unit Price $6,013.00
Catalog Number: 5 MLB1673_MLK
Module Description Show Details
PowerEdge 2950 III Quad Core Intel® Xeon® E5405, 2x6MB Cache, 2.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB
Operating System No Operating System
Additional Processor Quad Core Intel® Xeon® E5405, 2x6MB Cache, 2.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB
Memory 8GB 667MHz (4x2GB), Dual Ranked DIMMs
Optional Feature Upgrades for Integrated NIC Ports LOM NICs are TOE Ready
Riser Card Riser with 3 PCIe Slots
Primary Hard Drive 73GB 10K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 2.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
Primary Controller PERC6i SAS RAID Controller, 2x4 Connectors, Int, PCIe, 256MB Cache, x8 Back
Floppy Drive No Floppy Drive with Filler Panel
Network Adapter Dual Embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II 5708 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Remote Management Dell Remote Access Card, 5th Generation for PowerEdge Remote Management
CD/DVD Drive 8X DVD-ROM
Bezel No Bezel
Backplane 1x8 Backplane for 2.5-inch Hard Drives
Documentation Electronic Documentation and OpenManage DVD Kit
2nd Hard Drive 73GB 10K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 2.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
Hard Drive Configuration Integrated SAS/SATA RAID 10, PERC 6/i Integrated
Chassis Configuration Rack Chassis w/Sliding Rapid/Versa Rails and Cable Management Arm,Universal
Hardware Support Services 3 Year ProSupport for IT and NBD On-site Service
Installation Services No Installation Assessment
Power Supply Energy Smart Redundant Power Supply with Dual Cords
Power Cords Power Cord, NEMA 5-15P to C14, 15 amp, wall plug, 10 feet / 3 meter
4th Hard Drive 73GB 10K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 2.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
5th Hard Drive 73GB 10K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 2.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
6th Hard Drive 73GB 10K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 2.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
3rd Hard Drive 73GB 10K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 2.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
7th Hard Drive 73GB 10K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 2.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
8th Hard Drive 73GB 10K RPM Serial-Attach SCSI 3Gbps 2.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive
Network Adapter - DellStar Broadcom 5709 Dual Port 1GbE NIC w/TOE PCIe-4

CentOS would't have a problem with this, don't know much about Ubuntu 8.04 yet however. The second dual port nic will be used for multipath iscsi initiator.
 
Old 11-18-2008, 09:29 AM   #4
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Network Adapter Dual Embedded Broadcom® NetXtreme II 5708 Gigabit Ethernet NIC
This might cause you problems, might be a bit new for good quality linux support. Other than that, I can't see anything that will give you any problems. Obviously, you will need to be careful about hardware RAID, but thats the same across the board, and relatively easily solved by bypassing the RAID adapter in the BIOS.

All said, let the buyer beware! Take a look at the user contributed ubuntu HCL: http://www.ubuntuhcl.org/
 
Old 12-10-2008, 09:34 AM   #5
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I have this 2950 up on Ubuntu 8.04. It is running multipath/iscsi connected to a SAN, over an Intel Pro dual port nic. Everything seemed to be running OK since last week till late yesterday. The iSCSI partition on the SAN was inaccessible marked "read only". The only way I could recover was to reboot the whole system. This is a mail server running Zimbra.

I have several other systems connected to the SAN using either Redhat 5 w/Qlogic hba or Centos 5 with Intel dual port nic. These have been running fine for months.

Any one out there have suggestions on increasing the reliability iSCSI with Ubuntu?

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