Stable on Blade server

Ísak Ben . isak at
Fri Feb 23 13:45:45 UTC 2007

Hi there.

I just tried to install 6.2 on an IBM Bladecenter without any luck, i did a bit 
of "googling" and asked around and it seems that IBM Bladecenter isn't supported 
at all....some have "got it to work" with all kinds of messy workarounds....which 
frankly arent worth the effort.

Hopefully someone will take the project of fixing at least the keyboard and scsi 
issues so we can all use this wonderful hardware for FreeBSD...

I might even donate access to að blade if someone could make the effort of 
debugging this.

Isak Ben,

---------- Original Message -----------
From: Marian Hettwer <mh at>
To: Martin <list at>
Cc: freebsd-stable at
Sent: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 13:12:49 +0100
Subject: Re: Stable on Blade server

> 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 :)
> HTH,
> Marian
> 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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