I want to install OpenSuse 11.0 on a RAID array for redundancy. I have four 750GB SATA drives connected to a HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 series RAID controller. HighPoint's web site for this model controller shows that it is supported up to OpenSuse 10.3 (see http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA/bios_rr2300.htm
How do I get the OpenSuse installer to recognize the RAID array set up with the RockerRAID BIOS utility? At present the array is created in the BIOS utility but the OS installer only sees the four individual drives and it then suggests the default partitioning scheme on the first drive only. I understand that I probably need to load a RAID driver for Suse but I don't know how to do this given I do not have a floppy drive available on the server, nor do I have a precompiled driver for Suse11.0.
HighPoint provides a generic open source driver that's been tested with kernel 2.6.25. which is what shipped with OS11.0 if I am not mistaken. The README that comes with the opensource driver download talks about compiling the driver module for the kernel but I cannot do this during the installation can I?
Unless I change my strategy entirely and add one more drive to install Suse11.0 on and then compile the RAID driver afterward so I can use it later but this means if my primary Suse drive fails I have to redo practically everything to get the machine up and running again which kind of defeats the purpose of using a RAID array methinks.
1. Does anybody have any ideas about how to get the RAID array going for the installer to use it as a single installation destination?
2. Can I install the operating system on a RAID array, or should I rather keep it on a dedicated drive, and only use the RAID array to store more important data on? If so, in case of a drive failure, the way I understand it is that my data will be OK but I'll have to rebuild the operating system and mount the data array again when it's done?
3. Is there a better way to do this?