Posts Tagged ‘Linux’

YAHOOO! is how I started my tweet when I hit the sweet spot and had a successful installation of Ubuntu Server LTS LucidLynx (10.04.2) 64-Bit at work with our NetApp monster, the FAS3140. The installation was done on an HP ProLiant BL460c G6 Blade Server. The was a success because of the great article and hints from, so thanks for the support!

Here are the steps for those interested and perhaps didn’t find a clear way of doing it online:

  1. Configure your NetApp storage system with the required Volume, LUN, and from Which aggregate
    • SATA disks from this aggregate were used
    • The encoding of the Volume, LUN and initiator Groups were selected as “Linux”
  2. Make the appropriate zoning between your NetApp storage system and your blade server via the SAN Switch
    • The zoning was done on Brocade switches
  3. When installing your Ubuntu system (LucidLynx (10.04.2) 64-Bit) make sure you do the following:
    • When prompted to select the installation language, hit F6
    • Escape the option and a command-line will appear below the options
    • at the end, type the following      mpath
    • Hit “Enter” and proceed with the installation
  4. You will be warned regarding the installation when configuring the disks, but select “ignore” since it tells you that this is a valid selection for those “who know what they are doing”!
    • At this stage you should be able to see and identify the different paths to the storage system, in our case, we had 4 paths
  5. The system will reboot after the install. Please do reboots and hard-shutdowns to ensure that the multipathing is working appropriately and that your installation has worked as expected.
  6. Once you’re logged in, perform the following commands:
    • sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    • to bring all packages and the kernel image current. Rebooted afterwards
  • sudo apt-get install multipath-tools multipath-tools-boot 
    • This will download and enable the display of multipathing tools. Rebooted afterwards
  • Now you should be able to view your paths on your fresh Ubuntu machine!
    • sudo mutlipath -l
    • man multipath
    • This will display the manual pages for more detailed descriptions of the various options you can use with multipath

    Hope you find this useful! Please do spread the word around, tweet the article, email it, and share it with all. Let us know how did it go for you!


    Yesterday I attended this very valuable workshop about Open Source here in Kuwait! I never imagined that this would be possible in this part of the world!! The speakers were excellent and a lot of good information was over-viewed. I also have had the opportunity to register to become a founding member of “Gartner’s Diwaniya”, an IT professional networking forum! The notes I’ve taken and submitted to work can be found here on my Scribd Account 🙂 Enjoy!

    So I wanted to find myself a useful education project/challenge and have decided to upgrade or downgrade (however you wanna look at it 🙂 ) my PowerBook G4 with a flavor of Linux! Randomly I have chosen Fedora based on some reviews I read! Keep in mind I’m limited with the technology I can use since my hardware architecture is OLD!!!!

    Fedora 12 gave me trouble when it came to partitioning!!! I went with the MAC OSX’s installation DVD to format the HD first, installed Ubuntu 6.10. I could’ve been OK with Ubuntu, but the mouse on my PowerBook was barely moving and unresponsive! VERY annoying! But from there, I was able to “replace” the existing Linux system with Fedora 12! I’m half way through with the installation and let’s hope this works out 🙂

    This is an awesome application and everyone should check it out! They have versions that sync your documents/pc from different platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux) 🙂 You can signup easily for a free 2GB account and start using it. Check it out, because I have and I’m loving it so far.

    On the homepage you can see the demo video. You’ll laugh when he IM’s his friend. Look out for his friend’s reply 🙂