What current Dell Systems are supported/work

Xin LI delphij at delphij.net
Wed Jan 9 16:06:09 PST 2008


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Richard Bates wrote:
> Sorry for the repost...
> I don't think the first one posted..
> 
> posted to freebsd.stable, freebsd-current, Freebsd-hardware
> 
> I checked the hardware in the online documentation manual/hardware
> 
> It only lists the bits and peices of the machine say the hard drive
> controller and so forth. but doesn't give you a particular system to
> look at as a working machine with FreeBSD 6.2
> 
> does anybody know if a Dell PowerEdge 1950
>     • Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors 5400 series 3.16GHz
>     • 4GB Ram
> 
> I am looking to attach 2 machines to a SAN to make a constantly up
> system. Is there a Dell San and San Switch that will work with this
> version of BSD?
> 
> Thank you for your help

It has been observed that there is some interrupt related issue with
certain models of Dell PowerEdge 1950/2950 on 6.2-RELEASE, to be more
specific, those which are configured without a RAID controller.  The
symptom is that server will hang on boot after detected acd0, but this
is not reliably reproducible.

At our company (we deploy hundreds of 1950/2950 online during last
year), our important local changes that is made for these boxes include:

 - backport my bce(4) changes from RELENG_6.
 - backport MSI support, and enable by default. (*)

*: This is the default behavior for 7.0, I have not encountered the
problem mentioned above on any 1950/2950 boxes so far I have tested.

That's said, I would recommend that you deploy 6.3-RELEASE (with proper
loader.conf configuration to enable MSI) or 7.0-RELEASE once they are
out of the door.  I do not have much experience with SAN devices you
have mentioned, though, so perhaps it's better to listen someone else's
suggestions.

Cheers,
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Xin LI <delphij at delphij.net>	http://www.delphij.net/
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