PowerEdge 860 (Resend)

Brian A. Seklecki bseklecki at collaborativefusion.com
Tue Feb 19 20:22:22 UTC 2008


Here's an update on the PE860 w/ FBSD.  See dmesg(8) for FreeBSD
6.3/amd64 (RC2) on PowerEdge 860 w/ Xeon & SATA:


Note that the ICH7 (Yes, still ICH7, not 8-9) is a SATA300 but the WDC
Caviar run at 150 :~{

Broadcom ethernet has not changed -- is a "Broadcom BCM5750 B1, ASIC
rev. 0x4101" (same as 850)

The 860 is an 850 in just about every measurable aspect.  At least
they're shipping WDC instead of Maxtor.


On Wed, 2008-01-09 at 12:42 -0500, Brian A. Seklecki wrote:
> [Sorry if this is a resend to some -- I do not see that it made it
> through the first time --- possibly spam filtered due to a DNS problem
> with my personal domain.]
> --
> Hi all:
> There are scattered reports in late 2006 / early 2007 of success using
> the PE 860 w/ the SAS RAID, but not w/o the RAID (normally paired with a
> non-Xeon). 
> Would anyone be willing to share some dmesg(8) output?  W/ or w/o the
> RAID PERC SAS5iR mfi(4)?  RELENG_6 or RELENG_7?  Post your dmesg(8) to
> dmesgd at NYCBUG?
> Here's an 850 w/o RAID:
> http://www.nycbug.org/?NAV=dmesgd;f_dmesg=;f_bsd=;f_nick=;f_descr=poweredge;dmesgid=1724#1724
> I'm curious how far the 860 is from the 850?
> Presumably they replaced with bge(4) with bce(4) (They offer both add on
> "BC NetXtreme II 5708 1-Port" as well as "NetXtreme 5721") and also
> replaced ICH7 with ICH8 or ICH9, but I'd like to check with other
> satisfied customers.
> An OpenBSD dmesg(8) suggests "Intel 82801GB IDE"
> http://archives.neohapsis.com/archives/openbsd/2007-02/0571.html
> ...But that's in a model with a SAS5iR installed where the optical disk
> is attache.
> The IDE controller may be different with no RAID.
> The lower-end 850 w/ the Core2 or genuine P4 non-Xeon is essentially
> desktop-class hardware, so I don't imagine anything too exotic.
> TIA,
> ~BAS
Brian A. Seklecki <bseklecki at collaborativefusion.com>
Collaborative Fusion, Inc.

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