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We are looking to migrate a Dell PowerEdge 1950 with PERC 5/i RAID controller from an aging Windows 2000 Server installation to a modern Linux distro, probably Ubuntu 9.04.

I have come across some discussions regarding drivers for these RAID controllers indicating that some users have experienced frustration on older versions of Ubuntu (6.06).

My question is, has anyone installed a more recent version of Ubuntu on a PowerEdge with this RAID controller? Has the driver support/installation experience improved?

I don't mind having to follow these workarounds, but I don't really have a server that I can test on, so I'm trying to get a feel for what issues I might hit during my install so I can be as prepared as possible to resolve them quickly.


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Ubuntu Server 9.04 – Brad Gilbert May 1 '09 at 22:44
@Brad Gilbert - Yes, and want to go 64-bit too, if that matters – Joe Holloway May 1 '09 at 23:27
up vote 4 down vote accepted

I'm fairly certain that 9.04 will have the PERC 5/i compatible megaraid_sas driver. It's not a particularly new chipset by now.

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Should note that most Dell and IBM (and possibly some HP) RAID controllers are rebadged LSI or Adaptec parts. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells May 18 '09 at 14:04
PERC 5/i is working very fine with Debian Etch. I'm pretty sure it will work with Ubuntu 9.04. – Matthieu Sep 16 '09 at 16:04

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