Dell Poweredge r 2850



  • Hello and Welcome,

    this is my first post to pfsense forums.
    I have a problem with pfsense installation on Dell Poweredge r2850 (with hardware raid)
    Whenever I try to install I get "waiting for backend" while ncurser installator comes up. I tried latest stable version (both i386 and amd64)
    and snapshots from yesterday. My situation is similar to one described here http://redmine.pfsense.org/issues/617

    Please advise. I can provide remote access to this machines console via DRAC



  • This issue has been also reported to come up as a result of a corrupted install image, although you've tried 2, it could also be related to the install method.

    Can you tell us more info about your install method and hardware.

    Such as, are you installing to the local Perc4 RAID array?  Is there some other storage being installed to?  What install media are you using?  (Physical CD-Rom, attaching an ISO through the DRAC, USB?)

    Less important, how many CPU's are in the server, how much RAM, etc.

    It may be beneficial to try an earlier version, even just as a test.  Testing your server hardware could help also, maybe run a memory test via a tool like MemTest86.  Also a local storage test, any disk wiping tool should touch every sector of the drive(s), so something like DBAN would be fine (or installing Windows and running the trial of HdTune and do a full scan.)

    2850's are pretty stable boxes, though, and [very] common, so they should work "out of the box" with most major OS's.



  • Hello,

    thank you for your reply. I a running

    • 2x Xeon 2,8Ghz
    • 2GB memory DDR2 400MHz
    • 2x36GB SCSI
    • PERC4 256MB
    • DRAC4

    I am installing from Physical CD to Raid 1 array.  I will try burning CD on other machine. Maybe the cd burner was faulty.



  • @mkaras:

    Hello,

    thank you for your reply. I a running

    • 2x Xeon 2,8Ghz
    • 2GB memory DDR2 400MHz
    • 2x36GB SCSI
    • PERC4 256MB
    • DRAC4

    I am installing from Physical CD to Raid 1 array.  I will try burning CD on other machine. Maybe the cd burner was faulty.

    Maybe try attaching the ISO directly through the DRAC, take the physical media out of the equation.  Especially if you end up trying older versions, you could end up with a lot of wasted media.



  • Thank you for all replies. It looks like the hardware was faulty. On other r2850 installation was fine.


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