FreeBSD on IBM Blade Center?

fbsd_user fbsd_user at
Thu Dec 29 11:27:17 PST 2005

Gestur I need some clarification on your question.
Are you saying that you were able to use FreeBSD on
older versions of IBM BLADES
or that you were able to use older FreeBSD versions before???

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at]On Behalf Of Jonathan
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 11:16 AM
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Cc: Gestur A. Grjetarsson
Subject: Re: FreeBSD on IBM Blade Center?

On Wednesday 28 December 2005 07:32, Gestur A. Grjetarsson wrote:
> Hi
> I have IBM Blade with Qlogic 2312 adapters using DS400 SAN
> now I have learned that after over 10 years of good FreeBSD
experience on
> various sorts of hardware, I can't use FreeBSD anymore as it
does'nt work
> on IBM Blade. I have read alot on this problem trying to solve
this problem
> and done alot of testing and hacking but without any progress.
> so I have two questions:
> is FreeBSD going to support IBM Blade?
> if it is going to support and work on IBM Blade, can you give me
> estimation on when it will be ready to run on IBM Blade?

The blade center is a bizarre beast and it is difficult to make the
supported Operating Systems work correctly with it.  We had
making AIX work properly on the JS20 blade, for instance.  With IBM
it is best to stick with officially supported products.  Sometimes,
doesn't support something for a reason...

I would be (pleasantly) surprised to laern you were able to attach
FreeBSD to
IBM storage.  Of course, IBM will provide you with no help in either
these, and I wouldn't venture to guess if you can do concurrent
on your DS4000 with FreeBSD running.

Jonathan Fosburgh
AIX and Storage Administrator
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

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