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BIOS Setup

1) Set the server on Legacy mode

These are the steps to set the server on Legacy Mode.

  1. At the boot screen press F9
  2. Choose the "System Configuration" option.
  3. Choose "BIOS/Plataform Configuration (RBSU)"
  4. Choose "Boot Options"
  5. Choose "Boot Mode"
  6. Change to "Legacy Bios Mode"
  7. Press F10 and reboot the server.

2) Disable the RAID Controller

These are the necessary steps to disable the Dynamic Smart Array B140i Controller:

  1. Reboot the server.
    The server restarts and the POST screen appears.
  2. Press F9.
    The System Utilities screen appears.
  3. Select System Configuration → BIOS/Platform Configuration (RBSU) → System Options → SATA Controller Options → Embedded SATA Configuration, and then press Enter.
  4. Select Enable SATA AHCI Support, and then press Enter.
  5. Press F10 to save the selection.
  6. Press Y to save the changes.
    The Change saved confirmation prompt appears.
  7. Select Exit and resume system boot, and press Enter.

Reference: http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=c04430543

Installing the OS

The OS that must be installed is: Debian 7.0 64bits

Link: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/unofficial/non-free/cd-including-firmware/archive/7.11.0+nonfree/amd64/iso-cd/firmware-7.11.0-amd64-netinst.iso

Enter on Expert Installer mode on the boot menu

- Select "Advanced options"

- Select "Expert install"

Partitioning Details

- Select "Partition disks"

- Choose an installation step: Detect disks

- Partitioning method: Manual

- Select each device (sda, sdb, etc...) to create new empty (GPT) partition Table

- Create new empty partition table on this device? Yes

- Partition table type: gpt

PS: Repeat the procedure for every other device.

On each device create primary "Reserved BIOS boot area" partition with 1 MB

- Select the available FREE SPACE on each device

- Select: Create a new partition

- New partition Size: 1 MB

- Location for the new partition: Beginning

- Partition settings: Use as "Reserved BIOS boot area"

- Partition settings: Done setting up the partition

PS: Repeat the procedure for every other device

 

On each device create a "Physical volume for RAID" partition with the available FREE SPACE for LVM

- Select the available FREE SPACE on each device

- New partition Size: (use the default)

- Location for the new partition: Beginning

- Partition settings: Use as "Physical volume for RAID"

- Partition settings: Done setting up the partition

PS: Repeat the procedure for every other device

 

Configure software RAID

- Software RAID configuration actions: Create MD device

- Sofware RAID device type: RAID 1

- Number of active devices for the RAID1 array: 2 (default)

- Numbe of space devices for RAID1 array: 0 (default)

- Active devices for the RAID1 array: /dev/sda2 and /dev/sdb2

- Software RAID configuration actions: Finish

Configure the Logical Volume Manager

- Write changes to disks and configure LVM: Yes

- LVM configuration action: Create volume group

- Volume group name: debian

- Devices for the new voume group: /dev/md0

- Write changes to disks and configure LVM: Yes

- LVM configuration action: Create logical volume

- Volume group: debian

- Logical volume name: root

- Logical volume size: 50GB

- LVM configuration action: Create logical volume

- Volume group: debian

- Logical volume name: swap

- Logical volume size: 1GB

- LVM configuration action: Create logical volume

- Volume group: debian

- Logical volume name: boot

- Logical volume size: 500MB

- LVM configuration action: Create logical volume

- Volume group: debian

- Logical volume name: data

- Logical volume size: (use the default value to allocate all the available FREE SPACE)

- LVM configuration action: Finish

- Select partition #1 on "LVM VG debian, LV boot" device

- Partition settings: Use as "EXT3"

- Partition settings: Mount point "/boot"

- Partition settings: Done setting up the partition

- Select partition #1 on "LVM VG debian, LV data" device

- Partition settings: Use as "EXT4"

- Partition settings: Mount point "/data"

- Partition settings: Done setting up the partition

- Select partition #1 on "LVM VG debian, LV root" device

- Partition settings: Use as "EXT4"

- Partition settings: Mount point "/"

- Partition settings: Done setting up the partition

- Select partition #1 on "LVM VG debian, LV swap" device

- Partition settings: Use as "swap area"

- Partition settings: Done setting up the partition

- Select "Finish partitioning and write changes to disk"

- Go back to the menu and resume partitioning?: No

- Do you want to return to the partitioning meny?: No

- Write the changes to disks? Yes

Reference: http://kudzia.eu/b/2013/04/installation-of-debian-wheezy-on-mdadm-raid1-gpt/

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