7.x on Dell R900?

Matt Szubrycht matts at bmihosting.com
Wed Nov 4 03:10:46 UTC 2009

Hello List,

I cannot find any fresh information on compatibility of Dell PowerEdge  
R900 and FreeBSD after googling for several hours, so I decided to ask  
here.  If this is not the right place, please redirect me to.

All of our servers run FreeBSD with one exception - a CentOS machine,  
which adds to the overall maintenance workload and keeping up to date.  
Back in the day, after getting the R900 (without prior OS  
compatibility research), the word was that FreeBSD will not run on  
this hardware and we ended up installing CentOS.  That was well over a  
year ago and I am wondering if anyone could share some insight into  
the current compatibility status, installation/operation pitfalls and  
any other tips that would allow me to get away from Linux on this R900  
box and create a homogeneous server-space environment with FreeBSD 7.x.

Here are some basic specs, I can provide more details if needed:

4 x 4-core 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon CPU's
LSILogic PERC 4e/Di Firmware 516A, BIOS H418, 256MB RAM
PERC 6/i          Rev: 1.11

Any creative help will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Best Regards,
Matthew Szubrycht

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