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  • Blog Post: New BIOS Can Increase Linux Performance with 12th Generation PowerEdge Servers

    Today Dell released an BIOS update that affects many of our Dell PowerEdge 12 th Generation servers. The BIOS update includes a change which can improve system performance with many Linux distributions. First, a little background: Systems with NUMA architecture have memory that is connected to a particular...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 on Dell PowerEdge servers

    Dell has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.4 on Dell PowerEdge servers Starting June, 2013 The RHEL6.4 will have Dell OpenManage 7.3 support The RHEL 6.4 will be offered as a Factory Installed Operating System on Dell PowerEdge servers Red Hat Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: KVM Virtualization Security

    For the past few months I have been looking at KVM virtualization on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS and just recently started looking at KVM security. I have a small deployment in my lab with a few Dell PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic iSCSI storage and several Linux Virtual Machines (VMs), and even...
  • Blog Post: AMD Opteron 4200 series processors supported on R415 and R515 servers

    Posted on behalf of Narayanan D from Dell's Enterprise Linux Engineering team Dell PowerEdge Servers R415 and R515 now support AMD Opteron 4200 series of processors. These processors are Socket C32 compatible and it supports maximum of 8 cores per socket. On these dual sockets servers the system...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 Beta Available

    Red Hat has released the beta edition of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.0. RHEV is Red Hat’s end-to-end virtualization solution and is based on the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor technology. Some of the key enhancements in RHEV 3.0 include: The RHEV Manager (RHEV...
  • Blog Post: Meaningful names for network devices in RHEL 6.1 on Dell systems

    Posted on behalf of Narayanan D from Dell's Enterprise Linux Engineering team. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Update 1 (RHEL 6.1) that is now available from Red Hat implements a new naming convention for network interfaces. The ‘biosdevname’ udev helper utility, developed by Dell and released...
  • Blog Post: Getting more IOPS on your Oracle Workloads running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Dell EqualLogic with EQL HITKit

    When dealing with databases, speed and latency are of the utmost importance. Though there’s a tendency to continuously strive for a higher speeds and lower latencies, we can’t always justify the cost. Things are further complicated as performance on systems degrade over time, requiring more...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Ubuntu Servers with OpenManage Essentials

    Recently, in response to a user question in the TechCenter forum , Dell Linux Engineering's on-site field engineer from Canonical, Kent Baxley, wrote detailed instructions on how to use OpenManage Essentials to begin monitoring PowerEdge systems running Ubuntu Server. The steps he outlines allow...
  • Blog Post: AMD Opteron 6300 and 4300 series server processors on enterprise Linux operating systems

    AMD recently announced the release of AMD Opteron™ 6300 and AMD Opteron™ 4300 series server processors. Several Dell PowerEdge servers have been refreshed with the new AMD Opteron™ series processors. AMD Opteron™ 6300 series server processors refreshed on PowerEdge R815, R715...
  • Blog Post: Effective Network Load Distribution Across CPU Cores Using Multiqueues on RHEL6

    Posted on behalf of Narendra K, Dell Linux Engineering With the advent of 10Gbps network adapters, the CPU core is increasingly becoming a bottle-neck in processing network traffic. But using multiple cores to drive I/O through a single, shared queue requires software locking mechanisms that might...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Server Edition Hardware Certification Details

    A few months ago I wrote about how Dell PowerEdge servers are certified with Ubuntu Server Edition . In this article, I dig deeper into the type of hardware certifications available from Canonical and the functional and stress tests we put our servers through to achieve certification with Ubuntu Server...
  • Blog Post: Dell OMSA 7.3 and DTK 4.3 for Ubuntu and Debian

    Dell OpenManage System Administrator 7.3 for Ubuntu and Debian Dell OpenManage System Administrator (OMSA) 7.3 for Ubuntu and Debian is now published. When we recently published OMSA 7.2, we switched to a new apt repository format to better work with both Ubuntu and Debian and to allow packages for...
  • Blog Post: Dell OpenManage Server Administrator 6.4 for Ubuntu

    The following is posted on behalf of Prudhvi Tella, an engineer on the Linux OS Engineering team. The Linux OS Engineering team is pleased to announce the second release of OpenManage for Ubuntu. OpenManage 6.4 64-bit version is now available for download. However, a 32-bit version will also be released...
  • Blog Post: UEFI booting Ubuntu 12.04 on PowerEdge 12G servers, Part 3

    A few weeks ago, a colleague and I each presented a workaround for booting Ubuntu 12.04 on some of Dell’s 12 th generation of PowerEdge Servers. I am happy to report a third workaround today, which may be more attractive. The 1.3.6 BIOS, which was released today, contains a workaround for the...
  • Blog Post: Linux certification for Dell 12th generation PowerEdge servers

    Posted on behalf of Narayanan D from Dell Linux Engineering team. Dell launched the 12th Generation of PowerEdge servers—powered by Intel’s E5 26xx series processors and Patsburg C600 chipset . These processors (Socket-R compatible) have a maximum of 8 cores per socket and offers upto...
  • Blog Post: Dell at RedHat Summit 2013

    For eight years running, the Red Hat Summit has set up open source shop in various locations around the US and internationally. The Red Hat Summit is the premier open source technology event to showcase the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, middleware, storage, and systems...
  • Blog Post: How do you find features available in WSMAN ?

    This post authored by Chris A. Poblete - Dell Engineering. As I said in my earlier entry , I’ll be giving you some insight in some of the ways you might use WSMAN with the PowerEdge 11G server’s iDRAC6. In this entry, I’ll cover how you may discover features available in WSMAN...
  • Blog Post: XenServer 5.6 Now Available on Select Dell PowerEdge Servers and Blades

    This blog post authored by Jose De la Rosa - Dell Linux Engineering Team Dell and Citrix have partnered to bring pre-qualified and virtualization-ready platforms for dynamic and growing data centers. Citrix XenServer 5.6 with its 64-bit open-source Xen hypervisor at the core, is a powerful virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Server Edition 11.04 released by Canonical

    Ubuntu Server Edition 11.04 was released from Canonical on April 28, 2011. The Dell Linux engineering team is working with Canonical to re-certify most all Dell PowerEdge and PowerEdge-C servers that have been previously certified with older releases of Ubuntu Server Edition. Re-certification efforts...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Server 12.04 released by Canonical

    Ubuntu Server 12.04 (a.k.a. Precise Pangolin) was released today by Canonical. Some of the new features in Ubuntu Server 12.04 include a rebase to the 3.2 kernel, inclusion of the latest OpenStack release and full support for Xen virtualization. For full details on these and other exciting features,...
  • Blog Post: Dell's Participation in Open Source India(OSI) Days 2012 Conference

    Posted on behalf of Gireesha US from Dell Linux Engineering team. OSI (Open Source India) Days - The Asia's Mega Open Source Convention ( www.osidays.com ) was being organized for the 9 th time in India during October 12 to 14 at the NIMHANS Convention Center, Bangalore. It was targeted at nurturing...
  • Blog Post: Converged Network Adapter works out of the box with RHEL 6.1

    Posted on behalf of Narayanan D from Dell's Enterprise Linux Engineering team Dell offers Qlogic, Emulex and Brocade converged network adapter (CNA) with PowerEdge servers. These Converged Network Adapters support simultaneous LAN (TCP/IP) and SAN (FCoE, iSCSI) Dell and its partners have ensured...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 on Dell PowerEdge servers

    Starting June, 2012, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 will have Dell OpenManage Server Administrator 7.1 support and will be offered from Dell on all the supported Dell PowerEdge Servers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8 has native support for hardware shipping with Dell’s 12th generation servers (including...
  • Blog Post: NIC Naming campground session at the Red Hat Summit

    The following is posted on behalf of Shyam Iyer, an engineer on Dell's Linux engineering team The Redhat Summit 2011 kicked off yesterday at Boston to a great start and Dell was in attendance as a gold sponsor networking with our mutual customers and conference attendees. I will be doing a campground...
  • Blog Post: Dell OpenManage Server Administrator 7.1 for Ubuntu

    The OpenManage Server Administrator 7.1 for Ubuntu community-supported release is now available for download. For details about this release, please consult the release notes for the official release of OMSA 7.1: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/software/svradmin/7.1/en/README/txt/readme_sa.txt...