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  • Blog Post: Whitepaper on HA clustering with RHEL 6.5 and PowerEdge VRTX

    I have been working together with our RAID storage team on some guides for configuring HA clustering on Linux. The first such whitepaper is entitled "VRTX Cluster Configuration on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5". It can be downloaded at < http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers...
  • Blog Post: Latest on Ubuntu and Dell PowerEdge

    Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS The Dell Linux Engineering team has worked with Canonical to test and certify PowerEdge & PowerEdge-C servers with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, the latest Long Term Support release from Canonical. We have certified 39 servers, more than any other server partner! Customers looking...
  • Blog Post: VRTX Shared PERC 8 driver for Linux

    After much work and validation by LSI, Red Hat and Dell, a Linux driver is now available on support.dell.com for the VRTX Shared PERC 8. This driver supports the single-controller Entry Shared Mode (ESM) configuration. Work is in progress to support the dual-controller High Availability Shared PERC configuration...
  • Blog Post: Deploying workloads with Juju and MAAS

    Are you a Linux system administrator who has been tasked with deploying a wiki or a blogging web site using open source software? Perhaps you have been tasked with deploying the latest Openstack release for some proof of concept project in your organization? However, you don’t have the expertise...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Server support for Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors

    Dell has recently updated several PowerEdge and PowerEdge-C servers to Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 series processors (code named “Ivy Bridge EP”), which add new features and performance advantages, including up to 12-cores (24 threads), less power consumption and improved security. For a full Intel...
  • Blog Post: Texas Linux Fest 2012

    Last month, many Texas Linux aficionados converged on San Antonio for two days of Texas Linux Fest . This was my first time attending TLF, and I'm happy to say that the organizers put on a great event. There were clearly some heavy themes this year. The first day was filled mostly with Chef 101...
  • Blog Post: Dell PowerEdge servers certified with Ubuntu Server Edition

    The Dell Linux Engineering team has been working with Canonical over the past 2 years to certify Dell PowerEdge servers with the Ubuntu Server Edition operating system. Dell and Canonical have worked together to ensure that customers can feel confident in deploying Ubuntu on select PowerEdge servers...
  • Blog Post: XenServer 5.6 available for hard drive installs only

    For XenServer 5.6, Citrix and Dell decided to retire the embedded Dell OEM XenServer edition that is usually installed on flash storage (USB key or SD card). For this release, only the hard-drive installed retail edition of XenServer is available. Customers currently running the Dell OEM edition of...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Server Edition 11.10 released by Canonical

    Ubuntu Server Edition 11.10 (a.k.a. Oneiric Ocelot) was released from Canonical on October 13, 2011. Some of the new features include Juju and Orchestra , which is a collection of software for rapidly deploying and managing datacenter services. In addition, Ubuntu Server Edition 11.10 is based on the...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 on Dell PowerEdge servers (Features and Native drivers)

    Red Hat has recently announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 (RHEL 5.9) Operating System. RHEL 5.9 includes the support for new hardware, driver updates and bug fixes. For detailed information, please refer to RHEL 5.9 release notes . Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 has been validated...
  • Blog Post: Software and Firmware repositories on http://linux.dell.com – now 10x faster!

    For the past few months, the Dell Linux Engineering team has been working to upgrade the infrastructure that hosts our software and firmware repositories at linux.dell.com and our open source depot at opensource.dell.com . Not only did we procure new servers with more powerful processors and increased...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: IPMI-KCS Interrupt Support on 12G Servers on Linux OSes

    Posted on behalf of Srinivas Gowda from Dell Linux Engineering Team Dell recently announced 12 th Generation PowerEdge Servers . It supports host of new features and Hardware. One such hardware feature is to use KCS interrupts for IPMI communication from Linux OS to Baseboard Management Controller...
  • Blog Post: Managing your Ubuntu environment with Landscape

    Introduction About a year ago I wrote a blog about the Landscape system management tool from Canonical, used to manage your Ubuntu servers and desktops from a single centralized location. It’s an easy-to-use, intuitive management tool with some useful features that should make administration...
  • Blog Post: Dell Launches Magny-Cours Processor on the PowerEdge R815

    The following was authored by Jordan Hargrave of Dell's Enterprise Linux Engineering team The Magny-Cours processor is the latest generation of Opteron CPU from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Designed for enterprise-class servers , these CPUs may contain eight or twelve cores. If configured in...
  • 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: 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: 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: SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 Service Pack3 support on Dell PowerEdge servers

    SUSE has announced the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 Service Pack 3 (SLES11 SP3) Operating System recently SLES11 SP3 includes new hardware support, driver updates and bug fixes. For detailed information, please refer to SLES11 SP3 release notes SUSE Enterprise Linux 11 Service Pack3...
  • Blog Post: Getting Over the 2.2TB Bootable Storage Volume Limit in RHEL 6

    Posted on behalf of Ashokan Vellimalai – Linux Engineering Systems based on conventional BIOS use DOS MBR ( Master Boot Record ) partitioning scheme which imposes a limit of 2.2TB for a maximum disk or partition size on any operating system. Dell PowerEdge Servers have offered storage volumes...
  • Blog Post: Ubuntu Server 13.04 released by Canonical

    On April 25, Canonical released Ubuntu Server 13.04, a.k.a. Raring Ringtail. Some of the new features in Ubuntu 13.04 include a rebase to the 3.8 kernel, the latest OpenStack release (“Grizzly”) and full support for OpenvSwitch. For full details, please refer to the Release Notes . Hardware...
  • Blog Post: Linux OS options with PowerEdge C Series servers

    Dell PowerEdge C (Cloud) servers are designed for use in hyperscale environments and to bring the most compute power in the least amount of space. Whereas traditional PowerEdge servers are designed for general-purpose deployments with extensive customization and systems management options (such as Lifecycle...