FreeBSD, OMSA Live CD and DSET tools for Dell 2950 Server?

Moti Levy levymoti at
Wed Dec 10 02:47:04 PST 2008

Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 09:01:42AM +0100, VeeJay wrote:
>> Any Help???
>> On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 10:15 PM, VeeJay <maanjee at> wrote:
>>> Any help???
>>> On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 4:41 PM, VeeJay <maanjee at> wrote:
>>>> Hello there,
>>>> To diagnose and solve a Disk Encluser issue, I am advised to run two
>>>> tools....
>>>> 1. Run OMSA live CD on the Server? Since, OMSA Live CD is linux based, I
>>>> am just wondering if it will work or not?
>>>> 2. Run Dell's DSET Tool, which is also for Linux systems....
>>>> And seeking your comments in this regards:
>>>> *Server Configuration with FreeBSD 7.0*
>>>> **
>>>> *2 x PE2950 III Quad Core Xeon E5450 3.0GHz,2x6MB,1333FSB
>>>> *Riser with PCI Express Support (2x PCIe x8 slots; 1x PCIe x4 slot)
>>>> PE2950 English rack power cord
>>>> PE2950 Bezel Assembly
>>>> *16GB (8x2GB Dual Rank DIMMs) 667MHz FBD
>>>> 6 x 450GB SAS 15k 3.5" HD Hot Plug*
>>>> PE2950 III - Chassis 3.5HDD x6 Backplane
>>>> *PERC 6/i, Integrated Controller Card x6 backplane
>>>> *CD/DVD Drive Cable
>>>> 8X DVD-ROM Drive IDE
>>>> PE2950 III Redundant Power Supply No Power Cord
>>>> Rack Power Distribution Unit Power Cord
>>>> TCP/IP Offload Engine 2P
>>>> Broadcom TCP/IP Offload Engine functionality (TOE) Not Enabled
>>>> Drac 5 Card
>>>> *PE2950 III C5 MSS R10 Add-in PERC 5/i / 6/i
> Replying "ANY HELP?" every 24 hours will not get you any help.  Please
> stop doing this.
> If the OMSA CD is bootable, boot it and do what Dell tells you.  If it's
> a CD full of Linux utilities, then you're going to need to install or
> run Linux somehow before accomplishing that.  Trying to do this on
> FreeBSD is probably not worth your time.
> Regarding DSET: same advice as above.
> When you're finished dealing with all of this, I would highly recommend
> taking the time to write a professional and concise letter to a
> supervisor or manager at Dell, and express your displeasure with their
> Linux-only tools.  They should at least be providing ISO images you can
> burn and boot directly to perform enclosure/controller testing.
> But I also hope you've learned something from the experience.  Before
> you buy hardware, ensure that it's fully manageable under FreeBSD, or
> that the vendor offers bootable CDs that can help you.  Otherwise, if
> they do not, you're essentially "living dangerously".
and vote here :
the more the better !

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