Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5 - IBM System x3650 (Type 7979)



Contents

Installation Instructions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5 for IBM System x3650 (Type 7979)

1.0 What you will need

2.0 Where to download device drivers and files

3.0 Preparing the hardware

4.0 Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5

5.0 Installing the kernel source

6.0 Notices

Installation Instructions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5 for IBM System x3650 (Type 7979)

Revision Level: 1.00

Updated: 06 March 2007

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Note: Before using this information and the product it supports, read the general information in 6.0 Notices in this document.

Supported Server: IBM(R) System x3650 (Type 7979)

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References to optional hardware in this document do not imply support of that hardware. For information about supported options, see the ServerProven(R) information for your server at http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/.

1.0 What you will need

You must have the following software and hardware for the installation:

  • A registered copy of Red Hat(R) Enterprise Linux(R) Version 5.
  • Supported hard disk drives. Go to http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/serverproven/compat/us/ for the ServerProven list of supported options and part numbers for the server.
  • One blank diskette to create a BIOS code update diskette. You might need additional blank diskettes for firmware updates.
  • If you are using an IBM ServeRAID(TM) adapter, you need the IBM ServeRAID Support CD.

2.0 Where to download device drivers and files

You can download device drivers and files from the following sites:

You can download product specifications from the following sites:


3.0 Preparing the hardware

To prepare the hardware, update system firmware, and configure arrays, refer to the Installation Guide located at the IBM Support Web site at http://www.ibm.com/systems/support

4.0 Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5

To install Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5, complete the following steps:

  1. Insert the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5 CD/DVD 1 into the CD/DVD drive and boot the system.
  2. Follow the detailed instructions from the Red Hat Linux Installation Guide, located at http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/enterprise/RHEL-5-manual/index.html to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.
  3. For systems running Xen with more that 64GB RAM, after the installation, complete the following steps:
    1. When the blue splash screen is displayed, press any key to display the kernel menu.
    2. Press e to edit the default kernel configuration.
    3. Use the Down Arrow key to scroll to the kernel line, and press e again.
    4. Type mem=64G dom0_mem=4G at the end of the kernel line, then press Enter and b to start the system.
  4. For systems running Xen with more than 64GB RAM, using vi (or any other editor), edit the /etc/grub.conf file. Add mem=64G dom0_mem=4G to the end of the kernel line.
  5. To obtain the best security and performance from the server, apply all current software upgrades and security patches. Refer to the Red Hat Network Manual in the Documentation section of the Red Hat Support Web pages for information about how to do this.

5.0 Installing the kernel source

If needed, use the following instructions to install the full kernel source tree after installing the operating system.

  1. Obtain the kernel src.rpm from the appropriate source CD or from Red Hat Network.
  2. Install the src.rpm using RPM. For example:

    rpm -Uvh kernel-<version>.src.rpm
  3. Change to the SPECS directory:

    cd /usr/src/redhat/SPECS
  4. Run rpmbuild:

    rpmbuild -bp kernel-<version>.spec --target <arch>

    (where <arch> is the architecture that you are running)

Using the above example, the source tree is located under

/usr/src/redhat/BUILD/kernel-<version>/linux-<version>

6.0 Notices

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