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Re: How to configure fibre card on RHAS

On Thu, Oct 06, 2005 at 05:31:49PM -0000, James Marcinek wrote:
> Thanks for the reply. I had been subscribed on the taroon list;
> however I could not find the link to the nahant-list (or new the name
> of the release) when I was on the Redhat mailling list site. 


> Do you know if there are separate lists for RHAS or not? 

AS users are on the taroon and nahant lists.  They're both listed on the
web page aove.

> This will be a fresh install of RHAS. The solution will be Oracle RAC
> so, and I haven't checked to see if RHAS 4 is supporting this
> officially or not yet. I would prefer to deploy the latest version if
> possible. If not RHAS 3 will be the next candidate. At this point I'm
> not sure... I know it supports 9i.
> The solution will also be a cluster (using the RAC). Each node will be
> an HP DL380 system with an MSA 1000 as the SAN. It's a package deal.
> Each node will have a single fibre card. Unfortunately I haven't yet
> found out the model of the cards yet.

The problem is a LOT easier if you have a single path to your storage
like you're proposing.  I'd recommend the Qlogic HBAs - they work just
fine.  Pop the card in, add a few entries into modules.conf, and you're
done.  The disks come up as /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, etc.

HP has a platform kit with the fibre utilities for the HBAs and you can
use those for the modules.conf configuration.

Here's the link to the single-port HBA that HP sells:
Click on the software link and you'll find HP's version of the driver
and utilities rpms.

We currently run with the stock Red Hat-supplied drivers, not the HP
variants.  I don't have any Linux systems talking to an MSA1000 but
they're talking to our EVAs without any issues.

If my memory serves me correctly, Oracle support is pretty good and I'd
be surprised if RHEL 4 wasn't supported.  All of Oracle's internal
systems are actually running Linux.  We've got 10g on RHEL 4 here on a
test server.


Ed Wilts, RHCE
Mounds View, MN, USA
mailto:ewilts ewilts org
Member #1, Red Hat Community Ambassador Program

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