HP Proliant DL385 Gen10 refuses to boot FreeBSD 11

Rick Miller vrwmiller at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 22:35:05 UTC 2018

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 8:44 AM, Ewald Jenisch <a at jenisch.at> wrote:

> Hi,
> Got a new HP Proliant DL385 Gen10 Server and wanted to install
> FreeBSD. Starting from FreeBSD-11.1-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso mounted
> via the iLo virtual CD device the system started with the usual
> install boot, but then suddenly crashed and rebooted the whole system
> - boot loop basically.
> I started playing around in the BIOS of the System trying UEFI
> vs. legacy BIOS, as well a bunch of other parameters but to no extent:
> the system just crashes when upon booting from the installation media :-(
> To cross check I tried to boot a Linux installation media (Ubuntu
> Server 16.04) and the server booted from the Linux ISO without any
> problem. So I'm pretty sure it's something FreeBSD related.
> My questions:
> o) Anybody else out there seen a problem like this on a HP DL385 Gen10?
> o) Any cure against it?

You'd do well by making sure the RAID controller is supported by FreeBSD.
Some time in the last 6 months or so, I heard this generation was
introducing a new RAID controller that would require a new driver. If it
does, indeed, have a new RAID controller it could likely be your problem.

Take care
Rick Miller

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