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drobbins
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Funtoo Linux on Dell PowerEdge 11G Servers (Gentoo too) Reply with quote

Hi All,

I have created the following resource for people trying to get Funtoo Linux (and Gentoo Linux) up and running on Dell PowerEdge 11G servers, such as the R710:

http://www.funtoo.org/wiki/Dell_PowerEdge_11G_Servers

Some key things - use the latest BIOS if you have Xeon 5500 or 5600 series processors, due to processor errata (bugs) that can cause weird things like a jumpy system clock, and also look at using our broadcom-netxtreme2 ebuild to get the latest bnx2 drivers.

This page also shows how to use the Dell Repository Manager to create a bootable Linux ISO to update firmware on your servers, and how to update the iDRAC 6 firmware, as well as a kernel stability matrix (Funtoo-only kernels at the moment.)

If anyone has access to any Dell 11G machines besides the R710 (I have two of those,) I would be interested in expanding the content of this page and performing additional testing.

EDIT: If you are associated with another server vendor, I'd also be interested in evaluating these servers and creating a similar page for other brands as well.

Best Regards,

Daniel Robbins
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Networking & Security to Documentation, Tips & Tricks as it fits better here, despite being primarily aimed at Funtoo :wink:
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really applies to any Linux on the Dell 11G servers.
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