Booting Nexenta from an LSI 3Ware 9750-8i
I'm trying out nexentastor. I'm new at the Solaris platform, but am quite experienced with Linux.
The machine I'm using to test nexenta uses an LSI 3Ware 9750-8i RAID card.
The problem is while I'm able to install nexenta into it. It goes into a cycle of endless reboots when I try to boot the resulting install. Booting into safemode is ok though. I did some research though before posting this forum. It seems that the kernel is not loading the tw driver at boot time (before loading the root fs).
From safemode boot, I mounted syspool/rootfs-nmu-000 to /mnt and found the tw driver at /usr/kernel/drv and /usr/kernel/drv/amd64/ folders. From what I've read, the tw driver should be at /kernel/drv and /kernel/drv/amd64/ folders in order for the kernel to load the driver at boot time. Is this correct? Taking a gamble, I copied the drivers to these folders and rebooted, but the machine still goes into a continuous reboot cycle.
My questions are:
- Is this particular RAID controller card supported in NexentaStor (for booting the OS)? And;
- If so, how?
--- mike t.
RE: Booting Nexenta from an LSI 3Ware 9750-8i - Added by Mike T. 11 months ago
On the same box, I was able to install and boot from the raid card OpenIndiana with help from the instructions found here. This somewhat answers my first question above.
--- mike t.
Your link is broken.
The server the link points to seems to be down at the moment.
But the good news is I finally solved the problem. I'm posting below the steps I made for the benefit of the others that may be in a similar situation.
- Install Nexenta
- Upon completion of the install, reboot the machine and choose safe mode.
- It will ask fo a user. Type root. Then just press enter when asked fo a password.
- Import syspool:
zpool import -f syspool
- Mount root to /mnt:
mkdir /mnt ; mount -F zfs syspool/rootfs-nmu-000 /mnt
- Copy the 32-bit tw drivers to /kernel/drv:
cp /mnt/usr/kernel/drv/tw /mnt/kernel/drv/
- Copy the 64-bit tw drivers to /kernel/drv/amd64:
cp /mnt/usr/kernel/drv/amd64/tw /mnt/kernel/drv/amd64/
- Update the boot archive:
bootadm update-archive -f -R /mnt
- Unmount /mnt:
- Export syspool:
zpool export syspool
- Reboot with
This worked for me. But your mileage may vary.
--- mike t.