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 From:  "Quark IT - Hilton Travis" <hilton at quarkit dot com dot au>
 To:  <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] Dell 2450
 Date:  Mon, 20 Dec 2004 18:08:51 +1000
Hi Chris,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Buechler [mailto:cbuechler at gmail dot com] 
> Sent: Monday, 20 December 2004 17:46
> On Mon, 20 Dec 2004 17:12:21 +1000, Quark IT - Hilton Travis
> <hilton at quarkit dot com dot au> wrote:
> > 
> > I have a client with an old Dell 2450 Server that's about 
> > to be made redundant by some new servers (as are 2 * Dell 
> > 4300 boxes).  Are there likely to be any issues with 
> > using this box, with its onboard SCSI controller, as a 
> > m0n0wall box?
> Onboard SCSI will work fine.  2450's are ahc or ahd driver, 
> don't recall which offhand, either of which is in the 
> m0n0wall generic PC kernel.  If it has a PERC, the drivers 
> for RAID cards are not included in m0n0wall.

Onboard SCSI is what will be used.  The PERC cards are PCI cards, mainly
used for additional storage (internal or external).  (For those who are

> > It will be a P-III 800 with 128MB RAM (at least) and 2 * 10/100 NICs
> > (one onboard in the ServerWorks board - Broadcom from memory).
> I don't recall what the onboard NIC's are in the 2450's, but I know
> they are supported.
> (I say this from past FreeBSD 4 experience, not specifically with
> m0n0wall, though there shouldn't be any difference)

OK.  Well, as I said, these boxes are aboot to be made redundant, so
I'll have a look after they are taken out of service.  We'll use a
temporary m0n0wall until the box is downed, and then have a backup in
case the 2450 fails to work for some raison.

I'm sitting here grinning madly at the thought of using one of the Dell
4300 boxes as a m0n0wall - they are a nice 7RU box.  :)



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