>> Are you running X86 or X86_64?
OK, bit of a waste but OK.
> 'cos I'm not the admin. I find myself in the position of linux-guru to
> our new (still novice) admin but he gets to call the shots. A very tough
> experience for me who's used to screwing around with my machines...
Surprised your not the admin.
> Our DOSA CD allowed us to adjust partition sizes (for a predefined set (/
> /home /usr /boot)) and allowed two more optional partitions to be defined.
> Mind you, only on the primary disk. The second disk (raid 5 900Gb) was
> partitioned by hand.
Must check out the new DOSA cd's, have not used them in a while.
If they have changed this feature, then thats a very good thing.
> Do you retain the Dell Diagnostic partition? Presumably if we have a
> fault, Dell support will ask us to boot that first...
Well, it can happen, but not that often.
Personally I have never asked for such a thing, but I am not on front line
>> Go get yerself the latest RHEL cd's from
>>https://rhn.redhat.com/network/software/download_isos.pxt>> In the plan once we figure out what support we're buying. Speaking to
> RedHat somebody said: "Dell clients usually buy their RH support through
Yes, Dell sell RHN access, and provide the support for Redhat. When we
need to escalate (which thankfully is very rare), then we create cases in
Redhat's issue-tracker DB, or I call the TAM in RH directly, he is another
biker, actually most of redhat europe are bikers. Our bikes are naturally
penguin powered, or will be when someone sends me a decent link to where I
can get a _tastefull_ sticker. My bike is far to beautiful to ruin.
> them." OTOH, Dell seem to be selling only 3-incident RH support with the
> system and didn't offer any ongoing RH support (only the RHN
> subscription). Once we figure this out, we'll buy a support subscription
> and I'll start harvesting isos...
That'll be either Silver 24/7 or Gold support contract. Both have three
software incidents as standard. However, this does not include mickey
mouse issues -> hardware, drivers, openmanage, dell's fault etc., etc.
Basically, you never get refused. Is there a SAN in this? That gets
>> The latest iso's have all the drivers you will require all magically in
>> the default kernels. But why not go for RHEL4 instead? Its "free" ;-0
>>https://rhn.redhat.com/network/software/channels/downloads.pxt?cid=2875>> I'll certainly be moving our devel server to RHEL4, primarily because of
> mount.cifs so I can test a free terminal server as a contrast to the
> Citrix server currently being piloted.
Never even knew that existed, is it like the linux terminal server
project? I must check that out....
> I'll see if I can persuade our
> admin to move the apps server across too. What's the best migration plan
> there? At present, nothing has been done with the system so we could do a
> direct install. Later, we might want to use the upgrade option. Does
> this work well? Suppose I can ask RH about that...
If by upgrade you mean RHEL 3 to RHEL4, its possible, although there can
be issues, black screens for example, but I believe these bugs have been
worked out. If you have any issues, then ping me and we can sort it oot.
> Conor Daly <conor.daly at oceanfree.net>
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