IBM Blade Center - FreeBSD on HS20 type MTM 8832/N1X

Jonathan Fosburgh syjef at
Thu Dec 29 07:55:14 PST 2005

On Thursday 29 December 2005 09:29, Rainer Duffner wrote:

> Are you sure it's not USB?
> We have a LS20 blade-center and the whole media-bay (where floppy and
> cdrom live) and the KVM are connected via USB - it's even USB1.1, so
> installling something from CDROM is dead-slow (in addition, the
> brain-dead java remote-console together with this USB-CDROM-crazyness
> makes remote-installation of RHEL3+4 impossible...).

I'm not sure what type the LS20 is (we have JS20 PowerPC blades running AIX).  
I do believe all of the internal connections are USB.

> Your floppy is not SCSI, rather it's connected via USB and the kernel
> makes it look like a SCSI-device...
> We've got no local drives, only SAN and as such FreeBSD is pretty much a
> no-go. I need something that works (and is supported) with my SAN...

If you can get RHEL installed that is supported, though I guess it depends on 
the type of storage you have.  It is supported by IBM storage, as is SUSE.

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