Installation of Red Hat Linux ES 4 in HP DL380 G6 server

Hi Guyz,

Kindly note I've recently purchased an HP DL380 G6 server. But I'm unable to install Red Hat Linux ES4 in it. On contacting vendors, I learnt this servers supports Linux OS having version >= 5.

But du to application's dependency, I've to install Enterprise 4 in it. The media is already available. I tried to install Linux ES4 but the installer is failing to work. It stops at a stage where it constantly asks to select device driver for installation. What I did, inserted Hardware Drivers CD & tried to detect the driver by pressing F2 each time. But in return I get a message "Unable to detect device".

Can anyone please help me that how can I install Red Hat Linux ES4 in HP DL380 G6 Server? Please advice.
saqibkhanAsked:
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joolsCommented:
I believe the problem you have is the drivers for the disk array and you may well be out of luck, you could see if you can connect the drives to a different scsi controller but I suspect the disks are sas drives so this too may proove difficult.

What made you purchase a server that does not have support for the O/S you are using? Do you have an alternative and use the G6 for something else?
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Michael WorshamStaff Infrastructure ArchitectCommented:
First off, I would look here to see if there is a firmware update that is needed for backwards support of RHEL ES4.

Next I would use the SmartStart CD to prep the server for accepting the RHEL ES4 environment.

HP ProLiant DL380 G6 server :: Drivers & Support information
http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/linux/dl380g6-drivers-cert.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN

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If all else fails, install a copy of VMware ESXi 4 on the G6 server, then create a virtual instance/guest and install RHEL ES4 upon the guest instance.

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saqibkhanAuthor Commented:
I tried with whatever solutions suggested but couldn't get Linux ES4 installed in server. Finally I learnt this model supports Linux version >= 4.7. I purchased Linux AS v5.3 & installation processed successfully.

Sorry for posting comments so late.
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joolsCommented:
I did mention that there was no support for the O/S so surely that helped you go in the right direction and deserves some points...
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