Has anyone been able to install Ubuntu Server 14.04 or 14.10 on IBM E880 Frame (9119-MHE) (POWER8)?
We are using EMC san disk and having issues at the detect disk phase - none of the drivers have worked. AIX boots properly on this LPAR.
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Can you test with Ubuntu 15.04?
ibmvfc module was just recently added to the installer (See LP: #1416001).
You can find 15.04 current ISO builds/netboot images at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/
If 15.04 works, please verify that the
ibmvfc module is being used.
After the disk detect phase, choose 'Go Back', then 'Execute a shell', and run:
lsmod | grep ibmvfc
the number should be greater than 0.
If so, please add a comment on that bug, requesting it for 14.04/14.10.
Be aware that with Little Endian Linux (like the Ubuntu ppc64el images), for official support in PowerVM LPARs, you will need a newer version of Power firmware which is being tested at this time. This updated FW is expected to be released in the coming months. The targeted Ubuntu release is 15.04, so testing with that is a good thing to focus on. The pieces are converging quickly and full support is expected.
Yes, you can install Ubuntu Little Endian on a E880 but its only supported on PowerVM. Now PowerVM with EMC is a whole another issue. I have came across a number of issue with PowerVM and EMC (Issue being on the EMC side not IBM. Confirmed by EMC). The links below seam hard to find but should help. I have no issues with Ubuntu 18.104.22.168 or 15.10. I am currently running six Ubuntu VMs for PowerVP servers.