Installing onto Dell Servers
This is a quick guide on how to get Debian to install onto Dell PowerEdge based servers. This has been tested on PE 1850 and 1800 series servres.
Add the following lines to your classes/20-hwdetect.source
mod=$(find /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/message/fusion/ -type f | sed 's/\.o$//' | sed 's/\.ko$//' | sed 's/.*\///') for i in $mod; do modprobe $i 1>/dev/null 2>&1 done
I added this before the line
# Booting from CD does not enable dma always
You will need a more up to date post install kernel then the default in Debain Sarge (2.6.8). Here is a way of installing the latest kernel available from backports.org
Edit the file NFSROOT/etc/apt/preferences and add the following
Package: * Pin: release a=sarge-backports Pin-Priority: 200 Package: linux* Pin: release a=sarge-backports Pin-Priority: 999 Package: grub Pin: release a=sarge-backports Pin-Priority: 999
This will instruct apt to only obtain newer versions of Grub, and the linux kernel.
Now add the following line to NFSROOT/etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://www.backports.org/debian/ sarge-backports main contrib non-free
The final change is to the packae_config/DEFAULT file Change the kernel line to be
and you should be ready to go.