Debian Woody on a Dell PowerEdge 2600

The following brief notes might be helpful to someone installing Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (Woody) on a Dell PowerEdge 2600.

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The install disks I used are the base Debian disks with Ronald Sprouse's boot floppy. The disk images I used are all available here. Untar with

 tar xzvf poweredge2600-bootdisks.tgz

Disks can be created with

 dd if=imagename of=/dev/fd0

(where imagename is the name of the .bin file).

Learn what hardware is in your PowerEdge 2600 before compiling a kernel. Dell's spec sheet (PDF) should tell you most of what you need to know.

Enable high memory and SMP (multi-processor) support in your kernel.

The RAID controller is a PERC4/Di; this uses the megaraid driver (version must be 1.18a or later). In the 2.4 kernel series, this means selecting:

 SCSI support ---> 
   SCSI low-level drivers ---> 
     AMI MegaRAID support

The ethernet cards are Intels. For the gigabit cards, select:

 Network device support ---> 
   Ethernet (1000 Mbit) ---> 
     Intel PRO/1000 Gigabit

There are a number of utilities which can be used for managing and monitoring the RAID array. These include:

run from the console to access the RAID BIOS
sends email alerts pertaining to RAID

Note: RPMs can be installed in Debian using alien.