Stable on Blade server

Marian Hettwer mh at
Fri Feb 23 12:35:40 UTC 2007

Hi there,

On Fri, 23 Feb 2007 11:06:54 +0100, Martin <list at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I work for a little web agency/isp and we are going to buy new hw to
> sustain the growinng demand of our customers.
> We're 100% FreeBSD-only and i was looking to buy IBM blade servers: can
> anyone reccomend any of them? models? particular hw/firmware/misc
we have several blade centers in our datacenters. None of them were able to boot up 6.1-RELEASE (which was the last one I tried).
In general, the IBM blade center is crap IMO. The management capabilites (some java / vnc applet speak KVM over IP) is completely borked. Debian Linux runs, but FreeBSD seems to have problems with the way those IBM blades are handling the keyboard. Dunno any details, though :)
Maybe you'd like to take a look at HP's blades. I recall that the FreeBSD project got a HP blade donation and is using a fully equipped HP Bladecenter.
Maybe HP is your way to go if you want to use FReeBSD on blades :)


PS.: If I'll find the time to do so, I'll try a pxeboot of 6.2-RELEASE on some different blades of us. Although this won't happen before end of next week (to busy right now).

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