Openfiler on bare metal

Openfiler 2.3 x64 bare metal install off iso: OK




Issue 1: Trying to manage volumes:

On the OpenFiler box I would get these two errors.

end_request: I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0

Buffer I/O error, dev fd0, sector 0


need to:


  • disable legacy floppy in bios


  • This message appears when you don’t have a floppy drive attached to Linux server. Solution is quite simple just disable driver for floppy and reboot the system. You can verify this with the following command (this solution works with RHEL, CentOS, Redhat, Ubuntu/Debian and other Linux distros) :
    # lsmod | grep -i floppy

    floppy                 95465  0

    Open file called /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist:
    # vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    Listing a module (driver name) in this file prevents the hotplug scripts from loading it. Usually that'd be so that some other driver will bind it instead,
    no matter which driver happens to get probed first. Sometimes user mode tools can also control driver binding. Append following line:
    blacklist floppy
    Save and close the file. Now reboot the Linux server:
    # reboot





System -> Network Access Configuration:

Added: 'bbdaf',,, share


  • Use LDAP
  • Use Local LDAP Server
  • Server = (default)
  • Base DN: ''dc=example,dc=com' (default)
  • Root bind DN: ''dc=example,dc=com''
  • Root bind passsword = *enter anything we wont need it ever*
  • Login SMB server to root DN = Ticked

Services: Check that LDAP is enabled = Yes

Accounts -> Administration _> Group Administration

  • Added group 'bbdaf' with GID overide = yes and GID = 501

Accounts -> Administration _>User Administration

  • Added user 'xxx' with UID overide = yes and UID = 501

System -> Notification and setup email



Volumes -> Software raid

  • Add 4 x 2TB dev/sda, dev/sdb, dev/sdc, dev/sdd to software raid6 = /dev/md0
  • Email notifications received
  • Takes forever to build / sync (20 hours..)
  • Add new VG bbdaf using all of dev/md0
  • Add Volume to VG BBDAF: need to choose between XFS, EXT3 & iScsi
  • Added XFS volume fnf to VG BBDAF


All works fine