Casual RAID with GRUB

December 2, 2009 at 14:29 | Posted in GRUB, hardware, Linux, RAID, server, software, Ubuntu | Leave a comment

Unexpected hardware complications yields underwhelming results for the server.

dinner’s served
Originally uploaded by limaoscarjuliet

So I got to installing Ubuntu Server the other day. Most of the installation went on smoothly and the OS is now fully installed. Only one catch though. There’s no way to start it.

So it turns out that the server I got was equipped with two harddrives configured for a RAID 1 type of setup. That’s pretty sweet and unexpected in itself as I’ve never had RAID before. And what better place to start using it than on a server?

The only problem is that the standard boot loader for Ubuntu called “GRUB” doesn’t seem to like RAID, at least not the hardware version. In fact, it refused to install with it, and thus I’m left with an unbootable OS.

At the time it was getting late and I just left it for later, but hopefully I’ll be able to get a fix for this before the end of the week. I have an idea to solve it and if that doesn’t work I’ll just have to ask my Ubuntu guru later on.

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