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Server Configuration

Gentoo Installation

The Install-Minimal (2008.0 Beta 1) DOES WORK on this server.

The LiveCD (2007.0) DOES NOT WORK on this server. There is a kernel panic after it fails to load the driver for the CDROM drive. The hard disk drive can be found by adding the boot option: doscsi (type 'gentoo doscsi' at CD boot).


I successfully installed gentoo with an ubuntu livecd that does load the CDROM! You will need the AMD64 (or x86_64) architecture for a xeon CPU.


I followed this procedure:
 1) From within ubuntu livecd environment partition your hard disk as required
 2) Create file system(s) with the mkfs command
 3) Follow the gentoo installation from step 5 (5. Installing the Gentoo Installation Files)
 4) Reboot into a gentoo environment!  ;-)


I have listed the mandatory kernel options below. These will load the hard disk (as /dev/sda) and the cdrom. Configure the boot loader/kernel appropriately.

Kernel Configuration (2.6.23)

Device Drivers  --->
        SCSI device support  --->   
            <*> SCSI disk support
            <*> SCSI CDROM support
    <*> Serial ATA (prod) and Parallel ATA (experimental) drivers  --->
            <*> Intel ESB, ICH, PIIX3, PIIX4 PATA/SATA support
        Fusion MPT device support  --->
            <*> Fusion MPT ScsiHost drivers for SAS
            (128) Maximum number of scatter gather entries (16 - 128)
            <*> Fusion MPT misc device (ioctl) driver
            [*] Fusion MPT logging facility
    [*] Network device support  --->
            [*] Ethernet (1000 Mbit)  ---> 
                    <*> Broadcom Tigon3 support 


Hardware

For those interested, here is the LSPCI output:

nuesol01 linux # lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Server DRAM Controller (rev 01)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Server Host-Primary PCI Express Bridge (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation PCI Express Port 5 (rev 02)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation PCI Express Port 6 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 92)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 4 port SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic SAS1068E PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS (rev 08)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5721 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 21)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5721 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 21)
05:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc ES1000 (rev 02)
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