I am ordering a custom server and looking at either an Adaptec 1405 SAS controller, or an HP SmartArray P212 to use for the internal SAS Ultrium drive (HP Ultrium LTO-4 1760).
The server will be running RH/CentOS 5.5 and will just be for backing up data to tape.
I want to make sure the card I get is properly supported in the stock RH/CentOS 5.5 kernel, without the need to mess with vendor-provided drivers every time I do a kernel upgrade in the future.
Is the Adaptec 1405 supported in the stock kernel? How about the P212?
I have received the Adaptec 1405 and installed the CentOS 5.5 server with it, only to find out that this card is NOT supported in the stock RedHat 5 / CentOS 5 kernel. There are rpms on Adaptec's site, but they are not up-to-date (CentOS 5.5 u4 is the latest). I could build the driver from source, but to have to go through that every time we do a kernel update is a real pain.
I believe kernel version 2.6.32 or later has the needed drivers, but I have a couple of questions:
- Can anyone point me to a good, trusted yum repository that has later kernel versions for CentOS 5 (it needs to be a repository that is staying on top of security patches)?
- Any problems with running a later kernel on CentOS 5.5?