Installing storage driver update disk for Linux with Xen - IBM Server


RETAIN tip: H21219


When installing any of the listed Operating Systems (OSes) over internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), Fibre Channel (FC), or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Storage Area Network (SAN), and using a device driver update disk or package (DUD or DUP), the system panics if the Xen kernel is selected manually during the second part of the installation process.

Affected configurations

The system is configured with at least one of the following:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, any update
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, any service pack
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, any service pack

This tip is not system specific.

This tip is not option specific.

Note: This does not imply that the network operating system will work under all combinations of hardware and software.

Please see the compatibility page for more information:


This is a known Linux operating limitation with Xen with either Red Hat or Novell SUSE.


  1. From the OS installation, install the Xen kernel and load the iSCSI or Fibre Channel (FC) or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) out-of-box device driver disk for the adapter being used.
    This is done by loading the device driver update disk or package (DUD or DUP) when prompted during the installation process.
  2. When the installation program restarts the system, allow it to start to the default (non-Xen) kernel first.
  3. While running the default kernel, manually install the out-of-box iSCSI ('be2iscsi') or FC/FCoE ('lpfc') driver Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) for the Xen kernel.
  4. Once the correct out-of-box Xen driver has been installed, restart into the Xen kernel.

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Document id:  MIGR-5092971
Last modified:  2013-05-16
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