Ubuntu on Dell PowerEdge 2850

Johann Spies jspies at sun.ac.za
Fri Sep 16 14:26:59 UTC 2005

On Fri, Sep 16, 2005 at 03:59:52PM +0200, Patrik Lermon wrote:
> My company are looking for a server to host a web service, and we have
> been considering the Dell PowerEdge 2850 with:
> - 2 x 64-bit Intel Xeon processor 3.0GHz with 2MB L2 cache and
> - Integrated PERC4e/Di RAID Controller (RAID5)
> We would like to run Ubuntu on it, but we would also accept pure Debian.

I was not successful when I tried to install Ubuntu Hoary (x86) on a
similar server with 4Gb ram.  Neither with Debian Sarge a few weeks
before Sarge became Stable.  I had to use a debian-dell-2.4.31.iso
available on the internet and used the kernel configuration of on that
iso as a basis for compiling a custom kernel which could handle the

I had to choose the 64Gb-bigmem option for the kernel to use the full
4G ram.  Maybe that will not be necessary when you use a 64-bit

I have heard that somebody had success with an official Debian Sarge
installation CD, but I did not have the same success.

> 3. Does Ubuntu support Dells integrated SCSI controller: PERC4e ?

You would be able to compile a kernel doing that.  I don't think it is
there by default.  I may be wrong.

The linux-poweredge-mailing list at Dell
(linux-poweredge-request at dell.com) is full of usefull information.

Johann Spies          Telefoon: 021-808 4036
Informasietegnologie, Universiteit van Stellenbosch

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