How to setup Debian Linux on a Dell server?

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by Hans, Dec 23, 2005.

  1. Hans

    Hans Moderator Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    I would like to setup Debian Linux on a new server.
    My new server is a Dell PowerEdge SC1425, dual Xeon 2.8 GHz. and 2 SATA 250 GB discs
    I would like to setup RAID 1 as well.

    Can anyone advise me which Debian Linux kernel I can use for this server with dual processors and two SATA drives?
    Can anyone explain to me how to setup RAID 1?

    Any help could be helpful!
     
  2. gg234

    gg234 New Member


    You can use dell utility cd's to setup the RAID and you can install kernel version 2.4 for more softwares available and good performance
     
  3. Hans

    Hans Moderator Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    Thank you for your reply. I am wondering myself why the 2.4 kernel and not the 2.6? Does the 2.4 or 2.6 kernel support multiple processors (smp) ?
     
  4. till

    till Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    Both kernels (2.4 and 2.6) can be compiled for multiprocessor support (smp).
     
  5. Hans

    Hans Moderator Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    Thank you for your answer Till.
    Is there an "how to" to compile the kernel for multiprocessor support?
    I hope anyone knows this to help me.
     
  6. till

    till Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

  7. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

  8. Hans

    Hans Moderator Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    :) Thank you Till & Falko.
    I had a good experience with Debian Sarge on a my (single processor) servers. With the information you gave me i am able to setup my new server with SMP. Thanks a lot!
     
  9. Hans

    Hans Moderator Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    I still have a few questions:

    I need to recompile a Debian standard 2.6 kernel to another kernel because i use a SMP-server.
    I like to to this according Falko's how to.

    When i do an "apt-cache search kernel-headers" i get a list with available kernels.

    What is recomended to do for my server with Dual Xeon (Intel EM64T) system?

    32 bit mode:
    kernel-headers-2.6-686-smp - Linux kernel headers 2.6 on
    PPro/Celeron/PII/PIII/P4 SMP ?

    64 bit mode:
    kernel-headers-2.6.8-11-em64t-p4-smp - Linux kernel headers for version
    2.6.8 on Intel EM64T SMP systems ?

    or

    kernel-headers-2.6-amd64-k8-smp - Linux kernel headers for version 2.6 on
    AMD64 SMP systems ?

    Is it worth the going for 64 bit mode or is it not stable enough for a production-server?

    Can i expect any trouble with setting up ISPConfig when i use a 64bit kernel?

    I hope anyone can give me an advise.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2006
  10. till

    till Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

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