RHEL4 and HP Proliant server

Broekman, Maarten Maarten.Broekman at FMR.COM
Tue Oct 23 21:45:30 UTC 2007

I can't say for sure, but I don't think you can dynamically build any
hardware raid stuff through default build process, HP or otherwise.  I'm
not sure about other RAID controllers, but it seems like HP decided not
to pass bare hard drives through the controller, preferring to force you
to set up RAID devices instead.  To some extend this makes sense, but it
can be annoying if you're not familiar with it.

To set up the logical drives, you should be able to power on the system
and, at some point, it will be initializing the SmartArray controller.
I forget exactly at what point you would need to hit F8 to get into the
configuration utility though.  Once in the utility you just need to
create a logical drive.

If you have the time, inclination, etc, you could add HP's array tools
to the boot media and then use them in a %pre script via kickstart to
build a logical disk automatically(hmm..something to think about more)
but then you have to worry about manipulating the boot media and the
ramdisk, etc.  It ends up being potentially very complicated especially
if you are using multiple types of hardware with different types of RAID
controllers.  It also might be too much work if there are only a few

Here, we manually set up the logical drives just because we decided that
it was too much work for not enough gain to figure out how to do it

Maarten Broekman
Email: maarten.broekman at fmr.com

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And the guy here, Scott, responds:

>Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 17:25:47 -0400
>From: "ELLIS, SCOTT, ATTSI" <se816g at att.com>  
>I believe we are g5 dl380. Also, I noted the closest driver on the CD
>I noticed shared the same cciss reference and tried that. I proceeded
>install the driver ... It did in fact come back and say no hard drives
>found... So the comments are on to something. So, why doesn't the
>linux install prompt you to somehow build or create or otherwise the
log /
>phy hard drives before proceeding ??
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>Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 4:18 PM
>Subject: Fwd: RE: RHEL4 and HP Proliant server
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>>Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 15:05:47 -0400
>>From: "Broekman, Maarten" <Maarten.Broekman at FMR.COM>  
>>Subject: RE: RHEL4 and HP Proliant server  
>>To: "General Red Hat Linux discussion list" <redhat-list at redhat.com>
>>What generation of DL380?  Which RHEL4 update?  We have DL380s here
>>G3, G4) and we can build off the boot CD without any problems.
>>Also, you need to make sure that you've created a logical drive on the
>>hardware raid.  If there are no logical drives on the hardware raid
>>there are 'technically' no hard drives.  If you want to use LVM, then
>>you would have to create each hard drive as it's own logical drive,
>>though I'm not sure why you want to do that.
>>As Jeremy mentioned, it's definitely a cpqarray or cciss driver that
>>you're going to end up using, but that should be on the CDs already.
>>Maarten Broekman
>>Email: maarten.broekman at fmr.com
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>>[mailto:redhat-list-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Gaddis, Jeremy L.
>>Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 2:57 PM
>>To: General Red Hat Linux discussion list
>>Subject: Re: RHEL4 and HP Proliant server
>>On 10/23/07, m.roth2006 at rcn.com <m.roth2006 at rcn.com> wrote:
>>> Ok, I've got a guy here - he's really a network guy, and he's trying
>>to put RHEL4 on a Proliant server, a DL380, I believe. It's *all*
>>hardware RAID, and the std. RHEL4 CDs can't id the h/d. He's tried d/l
>>package from HP, but that unzips to a file.dd, which I'm thinking
>>to be dd'd to something....
>>> Anyone have any ideas where he needs to go?
>>You'll most likely need either the cpqarray or cciss drivers.  I have
>>a pair of DL580's that are similar in hardware and that's the modules
>>needed for RHEL4 to see the (hardware RAID) volumes.
>>The file.dd is probably a floppy disk image, which can be written to a
>>floppy with "dd if=file.dd of=/dev/fd0".  The drivers on that floppy
>>can then be loaded during the installation process.
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