shopping for a new server

Tim Kellers timothyk at
Thu Aug 25 18:08:30 UTC 2011

Thank you Max, that sounds like good news so far.

Tim Kellers

On 08/25/11 13:57, Maxim Khitrov wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 12:45 PM, Tim Kellers<timothyk at>  wrote:
>> Dell 2500 from 10 years back is soon to be very dead in the machine room at
>> work.  I'm thinking about replacing it with a Rack mount Dell R610  has
>> anyone used that and has compatibility issues or successes?  I'll be using a
>> RAID 5 setup and PERC version is up to 6i in this box, any issues with this
>> PERC?  The specs indicate R610 will way outperform the old 2500.  The 2500
>> currently supports mail (sendmail), web, db (pgsql and mysql), samba, etc.
>> I Googled and found a bunch of somewhat older posts that showed some NIC
>> issues and some PERC issues but it looked like most issues had been
>> corrected by the beginning of 2011.  Does anyone have any recent
>> duccess/failure stories?
>> I'd probably be looking to run 8.2 RELEASE AMD or 9.0 AMD when it becomes
>> release.
>> Thanks
>> Tim
> I'm currently configuring FreeBSD 8.2 amd64 on an R610 with PERC H700
> RAID controller. H700 uses the mfi(4) driver, I think that also goes
> for PERC 6/I. Network uses the bce(4) driver. No real problems to
> report.
> One minor issue I ran into is that disabling serial ports in BIOS
> causes FreeBSD to freeze when booting. The solution is simply to set
> serial ports to be "On without Console Redirection." You should also
> leave Intel I/OAT disabled, since FreeBSD has no support for it.
> - Max

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