Advice on for Dell Poweredge 860 - Linux Base

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by Novacom, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. Novacom

    Novacom New Member

    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 (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 ?
  2. Hans

    Hans Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    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.
  3. Novacom

    Novacom New Member

    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 !

  4. Hans

    Hans Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  5. Novacom

    Novacom New Member

    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 ?


  6. Novacom

    Novacom New Member

    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 ;)

  7. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Yes, that's true. :)
  8. Novacom

    Novacom New Member

    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.

  9. Novacom

    Novacom New Member

    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 :

    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 :D

  10. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    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.
  11. Hans

    Hans Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    At the moment, they are close related indeed. :)

    Nice to hear that it works very well on both distros!
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2007
  12. Toontje

    Toontje New Member

    Can somebody post his /etc/apt/source.list?

    Mine is:
    # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Etch_ - Official Snapshot amd64 Binary-1$
    # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Etch_ - Official Snapshot amd64 Binary-1$
    deb [url][/url] etch main
    deb-src [url][/url] etch main
    deb [url][/url] etch/updates main
    deb-src [url][/url] etch/updates main
    and I get the message that the package 'E: Couldn't find package linux-headers-2.6.17-2-amd64'

    I installed this version:

    Maybe I should us another image?
  13. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Looks ok.

    I guess the linux-headers has been replaced with a newer one.
    What's the output of
    apt-cache search linux-headers
  14. Toontje

    Toontje New Member

    Hello Falko,

    Thanks for the reply, but I changed to Ubunto 6.10 for AMD64 and now everything runs smooth.

    No problem installing VMware:D

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