Hi. I am new to this forum. Have used CentOS (and RHEL) on desktops and servers, but now am faced with a new challenge.
We have a Dell Poweredge R160 server.
We must get CentOS 5.3 running on it. Later on why not 5.5.
If I try to install a vanilla 5.3 DVD, the install gets to a certain point and thens throws up a popup that it cannot find a driver for this device, then it shows a list of all of the Raid drivers. I have tried each of them and none are valid for "this device".
Then went to Dell's website and found several drivers all in "*.img" format. The Dell instructions say to "dd" the images to diskette and then do "linux dd" (or "linux expert dd") to install the driver when it gets to that popup.
Problem is we don't have a diskette drive on the box. Dell then said I can use the iDRAC (remote admin tool) to mount the diskette remotely.
I didn't try this because even when I hit the F2 key (load a driver from another device), 5.3 installer doesn't even ask me for the device.
Now the bad part - reason we must get 5.3 installed is because we have a product that loads from a "kickstart" dvd and that dvd just hangs at the point where vanilla 5.3 installer goes to the popup (non-gui) for a device driver for the "device".
I am still not sure which of the Raid drivers from Dell will be required so would like to include all of them on the kickstart dvd.
So I think a few questions:
1. is there a way to take these several diskette images from Dell and put them on a CD as multiple driver set?
2. Is there a way to take these several drivers and "slipstream" them into the kickstart dvd.
I have the capability to rebuild the kickstart dvd from source also if need be.
3. I am concerned these Dell drivers are not even compiled for the correct kernel and the source is available, I believe. Should I just rebuild the drivers under 5.3?
Dell only supports RHEL (and Windows and I think Suse enterprise), not CentOS so they aren't very willing to help out.
I've spent a lot of time googling all of this stuff and haven't found a similar issue. And this is my first experience with a kickstart build installation.