Ubuntu on IBM System E850 (E8E)

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The IBM System E850 (E8E) server with the components described below has been awarded the status of certified for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS ppc64el

Available from ubuntu.com

Testing details

This system was tested with 16.04 LTS, running the 4.4.0-31-generic kernel.

Certification notes

There are no notes for this release.

Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS ppc64el

Available from ubuntu.com

Testing details

This system was tested with 14.04 LTS, running the 3.19.0-51-generic kernel.

Certification notes

QEMU Update Required

In order to use KVM in Ubuntu installed to an LPAR on the E850, you will need to be sure you're running QEMU version 1:2.2+dfsg-5expubuntu9.3~cloud0 or later. This version can be found in the Ubuntu Cloud Archive for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. To use this version of QEMU, use the following commands on your E850 system

$ sudo add-apt-repository cloud-archive:kilo
$ sudo apt-get install qemu-system-ppc

MAAS Update Required

In order to utilize this hardware with MAAS you will need to ensure your MAAS server is updated to at least Version 1.9.1.

To install this version, add the MAAS team stable PPA and update your maas server with apt-get.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:maas/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

HWE Kernel Rquired

In order to successfully enlist and commission this hardware in a MAAS environment, you will need to set the default enlistment and commissioning kernel to at least HWE-V for 14.04 in the MAAS web UI.

Hardware summary

This system was tested with these key components:

Ethernet

Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5719 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe

Wireless

Aquantia Corp. Unknown

Hardware details

Disk

IBM IPR-0 68402C40

IBM IPR-0 68404240

AIX VDASD

Network

Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5719 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe

Raid

IBM PCI-E IPR SAS Adapter (ASIC) PCIe2 6Gb SAS RAID Adapter Quad-port (57B4)

IBM PCI-E IPR SAS Adapter (ASIC) PCIe3 x 8 Cache SAS RAID Internal Adapter 6GB(2CD2)

Wireless

Aquantia Corp. Unknown