virtuozzo on nehalem systems at softlayer

by nc on April 24, 2009 · 6 comments

As I mentioned in my previous post, I discussed how to get networking working under Debian Lenny on the new Nehalem systems at SoftLayer. However, it seems like there are lots of users who want to get Virtuozzo on RHEL/CentOS running on these boxes. A guy named Shikhir got ahold of me via a Web Hosting Talk thread, and was able to provide me with a system to build on, and some motivation to get it done for him. I was able to build Intel’s driver RPM and get it working for Virtuozzo.

So, on to the instructions!

1) Set up your system with RHEL5.3 64-bit.

2) Download the Virtuozzo installer; run through it as usual, but -do not- reboot at the end.

3) Ensure that the Virtuozzo installer installed the kernel vzkernel-2.6.18-028stab059.6 by running:

[root@nehalem ~]# rpm -q vzkernel
vzkernel-2.6.18-028stab059.6

If the kernel version is anything else, please download and install the kernel version above.

4) Download the driver RPM from:
http://www.natecarlson.com/downloads/virtuozzo-nehalem/igb-1.3.19.3-1.x86_64.rpm
..and install it with:

rpm -Uvh igb-1.3.19.3-1.x86_64.rpm

5) Reboot. If all went properly, your system will boot up with the Virtuozzo kernel and have full networking!

Hope this helps!

-Nate

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Pixy Misa April 25, 2009 at 3:18 am

THANK YOU!

I’m trying to install OepnVZ on CentOS 5.3 on my new Nehalem server at SoftLayer, and I’ve been stuck in this situation for more than two weeks, and too busy to spend the time building and testing the drivers. I’ll give your RPM a whirl today. :)

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Pixy Misa April 25, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Got it working. I decided to try building the Intel driver module myself, and it does all work if you do the steps in the right order. The fun part was in the middle when I had no network access and IPMIview decided not to work…

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nc April 25, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Got it working. I decided to try building the Intel driver module myself, and it does all work if you do the steps in the right order. The fun part was in the middle when I had no network access and IPMIview decided not to work…

Glad to hear you got it working!

If you have one of the 1U Nehalems with integrated IPMI (look at your hardware page, and see if it says “Integrated IPMI”, ask for the firmware update for IPMI.. it makes IPMIView work much better. If they say “huh”, I can look up the ticket number for you that has the info. ;)

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Milan September 10, 2009 at 9:28 am

Great ill try it later today on a new box.

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Milan September 10, 2009 at 9:47 am

Works! Thanks a lot for the post!

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