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nexenta/opensolaris on a dell 2850 with drac 4 – virtual media issues

I recently tried installing both OpenSolaris and Nexenta Core Platform on a Dell PowerEdge 2850 with a DRAC4 card. The installation process goes fine, but when rebooting into the installed OS the kernel goes into a loop of trying to reset an ATA device (‘Bus Reset’ errors — if I have a chance, I’ll repeat the process and get the exact errors.) I finally just disabled virtual media (go into the DRAC setup menu by hitting Ctrl-D on bootup, hit page-down, and use the ‘E’ option to turn it off), and after doing that, it worked just fine.

Annoying error (it’s odd that the installer works fine, but then the actual OS doesn’t; possibly because there’s no CD ‘inserted’?), but at least it’s not too hard to work around.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Adam Jacob Muller November 3, 2009, 10:00 pm

    All the dell boxes do this, Dell DRAC is horrid.

  • John November 27, 2010, 2:38 am

    Thank you, you are life saver, I have been beating my head over this for 6 hours and finally found this blog.

  • Morgan Robertson April 9, 2012, 7:40 am

    Hey mate,

    Thanks a lot! This helped me with my home server! I had such a pain with nexenta installation and then to get slow performance I almost switched to FreeNAS. This has kept me (I want to use dedupe).



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