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HAL6 DOA

06/09/22

  10:43:00 pm by Vincent The Dragon, Categories: Announcements [A]
HAL6 DOA

The home server, HAL5 is old...very old..and also out of drive space.

I snagged an old server we decommissioned from work. It's a Dell PowerEdge T420.
I worked on the SAS drive plane that was always giving us a random drive disconnect, replaced the dead drives and ordered 4 additional drive trays to fill its 8 bays.
I started with windows so it would be easier to upgrade the various bios's in the system as the people we had manage the server never updated a damn thing....
It would load Linux from a boot dvd and would go through all the motions of install but the wonky Dell iDrac/Lifecycle controller refused to let it boot from the install....EUFI/TPM/Secureboot ...they are all mostly a pain in the ass trying to get them to play nice with OS re-loads or changing the OS. All the research I found that seemed useful all pointed to me having to update the iDrac which I did...but...something went wrong somewhere as upon reboot iDrac is dead.

No indicator light, no front panel controller and Bios states Lifecycle Controller is disabled and nothing I can seem to find or do will bring it back to life.
iDrac is a dead stick, there maaaayyyybe might have been a way to force load the firmware file IF the server had the iDrac SD/remote card slot adapter populated AND if the system had the proper license to even use that part but it does not.

The system WILL still boot to an error you must F1 past and I still can't get Linux to load...all in all HAL6 is dead before he fully came to life...now I need another solution to replace my aging and full home server....

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