compaq proliant 5500

John Baldwin jhb at
Mon Nov 13 17:28:39 UTC 2006

On Thursday 09 November 2006 21:17, jonathan michaels wrote:
> greetings all,
> i have just aquired a compaq proliant 5500 with 2 (out of the available
> 4 slots) 550/100 PIII intel zeon cpus --- it also has a 50 gb raid5
> "array" (made up with 5x 9.1 gb scsi3 ultra drives), 1.2 gb dram and a
> truckload of fans and optional powersully and all sorts of redundant
> stuff in this box.
> my question is in regards to compiling a new kernel .. i've been using
> freebsd since v2.0.5-release, with the main backbone still using intel
> i486dx33 macyines and freebsd v2.2.5-release. in one step i have
> plunged into the 2006's both hardware and operating system.
> there are several ways to build a new kernel, which would be the
> simplest one and for the easiest to understand (i hace some cognitive
> impearment caused by brain damage from birth, i'm on welfare).

Probably just 'make buildkernel'.

> how would i go about setting up teh "make.conf" file to take up the
> advantages of have a multiple cpu machine.

Just use the SMP kernel config and you should be fine.

'make buildkernel KERNCONF=SMP' and when that finishes 'make installkernel' 
will install it.

> finally, to upgrade this platform, can i add cpu's one at a time or i
> it only possible to add cpus two at a time.

FreeBSD will work fine if you have 3 CPUs (add one at a time).  I don't know 
if the actual hardware would work ok with 3 CPUs though.

John Baldwin

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