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Ok, so, here's the question. I have a system I use for a media server with a LSI MegaRAID 8480E RAID card running four 1TB Seagate drives in a RAID 5. Right now it's just a local server, but would love to set up FTP on it too. Right now it is running on Win 7 x64 but I am planning on moving all of my computers over to Ubuntu including my HTPC (the one in my sig). I plan to use Virtual machines to allow playback of Blu-Ray's and HD-DVDs.

The issue is that the RAID card only has driver support for Red Hat. Now, I am no Linux noob, but I am not a CLI guru either. I know the basics of CLI and I am very comfortable in a CLI interface, but I don't have a bunch of stuff memorized yet. Is there any inter-compatibility in drivers for Linux distro's?

I am able to map to my RAID through the network from a Ubuntu machine (my laptop is Ubuntu 11.04) but it's not pretty, and I really want to be able to say I have no Window's machines in my house LOL
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"Red Hat drivers" don't exist - drivers are kernel modules, not distro modules. A driver is a Linux driver, and will work on all distros. Normally, the process is Download the tar.gz -> Extract -> (sometimes ./configure) -> make -> su -c make install. However, if you're /boot mount is on the RAID, it's more complicated, and frankly beyond me! Sorry man
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No, the RAID is a storage setup, the OS resides on a separate single drive.

That was what I thought too, a Linux driver is a Linux driver, the distro is just the X server and GUI type. But I wanted to be sure because the LSI download page says "Red Hat" for the Linux drivers.

I will use a spare hard drive to install and try without wiping my current Windows 7 setup away smile.gif
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Megaraid drivers are usually in the kernel. It should just get recognized automatically.
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You would have to find the driver source and compile it for a debian based distro. I have seen cards before that weren't supported under debian, but would work on Red Hat based Fedora or Slack based SuSE ...
    
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Well, the good news is that the drivers were evidently built in or something. I had to do NOTHING to access my RAID from 11.04.

Now, I just have to find a way to get the Storage Manager program (used to monitor the RAID, and is required to control the battery backup and add any drives or replace damaged ones.....kinda important)

I may just try to run a VM with Windows solely for the purpose of using the Storage Manager.
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