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Old 29th December 2006, 19:00
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Default Advice on for Dell Poweredge 860 - Linux Base

Hi !

I need some advice regarding the setup of a brand new server (Poweredge 860) that will be virtualized using vmware server. I need recommandations on a distro of choice for my hardware.

1. needs to be an open source distro like debian (not a fee based like RH ent. or Suse)
2. needs to support SMP processor and RAID 1 at boot.
3. Ideally Debian would be great, if anybody could fix my issues with kernel 2.6.19.1 (scsi not found, after reboot...)

Ultimatly, this server will host a VM server for ISPConfig (debian based) and a Windows 2003 web edition. So what is your recommandation for the base system ?
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Old 29th December 2006, 19:25
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Maybe you can try Debian version 4 (Etch).
This version will be decrared as "stable"very soon.

Ubuntu has also a very good hardware recognition.
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Old 30th December 2006, 20:52
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Default Everything is great !

Thanks Hans.

I was a bit unsure about passing to a "testing" system for production use but everything seem to run A1. I will start my VMWare Server installation now...

Do you know any other solution for running a Windows 2003 virtual server on a linux based server ?

Thanks again !

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Old 30th December 2006, 21:07
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Default Some suggestions

You can considder to follow this guide:

http://www.howtoforge.com/debian_sar...e_server_howto
(It is written for Sarge, but Probably it will not be very different for Etch.


If you do not need Windows 2003 as an OS, you also can have a look here:
http://www.howtoforge.com/debian_etch_openvz
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Old 30th December 2006, 21:12
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Default Still needing advice.

Thanks for your time Hans,

I'm in the start of the VMWare tutorial by Falko. I stumble at :

E: Couldn't find package kernel-headers-2.6.18-3-686

I was going to look for it on the CD, it does not seem to be available online...

(I had the same issue on my first try...)

Any hints ?

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Old 30th December 2006, 21:31
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Default Found something - kernel-headers on etch

It seems like from version 2.6.12 upward, kernel-headers package is now refferred to as linux-headers...

I progressing

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Old 30th December 2006, 21:38
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CIDM
It seems like from version 2.6.12 upward, kernel-headers package is now refferred to as linux-headers...
Yes, that's true.
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Old 30th December 2006, 21:45
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Default Building a VMWare server on etch - xlibs-dev

Hi !

I found that xlibs-dev is no longer available on Etch. I'm still looking for an alternative to make the VMware server installation ok.

I will try using x-dev and libx11-dev and pray for it to work

I will post my results.

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Old 30th December 2006, 23:08
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Talking Finally - My results - Poweredge 860 - Debian Etch - VMWare server

Hi folks, here are my results so far !

Took Hans advice, and used Etch to support my hardware, Dell PE 860 dual core Pentium D.

Then followed Falko's guide at :

http://www.howtoforge.com/debian_sar...e_server_howto

But modified these things :

1. At first, replace the kernel-headers by linux-headers in falko's long apt-get sequence, remove also xlibs-dev.
2. Apt-get install psmisc gcc libc6-dev

psmisc fixes missing killall command in etch
gcc wasn't installed on my etch
libc6-dev was needed to correct 'The VMware VmPerl Scripting API was not installed.'

3. Installed the vmware server...
4. Installed the vmware console...

Logged in the console ! That's it !

A Cold Beer goes to Hans and Falko


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I don't have the intention to start a flame discussion about preferred OS-ses, but I did your setup with Ubuntu 6.10 (Efty Edge) on a PowerEdge 850 and encountered almost zero problems. Using 3Ware hardware raid. But then again Ubuntu 6.10 and Debian Etch are closely related.
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