A Nightmare In The Server Room – Old Hardware

A Nightmare In The Server Room – Old Hardware

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Spent the last 2 days at work trying to install Ubuntu Server on an old IBM NetFinity M7000 M10 server (2x Pentium III Xeon 500MH, 512MB RAM, 100GB RAID-5 SCSI), and although installation was successful, booting the server was not. Tried many ways to troubleshoot the problem, and finally found something interesting – Fedora Core 9 LiveCD was able to boot up without any tweaking of the GRUB boot options. So, I decided to install Fedora Core 9. However, the server does not have a DVD drive, and DVD drives are a rarity at my workplace, so I had to hunt for one. Additionally, the server does not have a network card (it only had optical fibre), so I had to dig that out as well. Thankfully I found them, installed them into the server. The DVD drive was in-use by another PC, so I had to leave the cover open on the server while Fedora Core 9 was installing (about 1.5 hours). Still have alot to do, like updating the server, installing secured remote access software, and configuring network shares, but those should be a piece of cake – hopefully by next week it can be put to good use as a testing/development server.

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