Ubuntu on Dell EMC PowerEdge R540

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The Dell EMC PowerEdge R540 server with the components described below has been awarded the status of certified for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS 64-bit

Available from ubuntu.com

Testing details

This system was tested with 18.04 LTS, running the 4.15.0-22-generic kernel.

Certification notes

There are no notes for this release.

Ubuntu 16.04.3 64-bit

Available from ubuntu.com

Testing details

This system was tested with 16.04 LTS, running the 4.13.0-32-generic kernel.

Certification notes

There are no notes for this release.

BIOS
Dell: 1.0.0 (UEFI)

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS 64-bit

Available from ubuntu.com

Testing details

This system was tested with 16.04 LTS, running the 4.4.0-96-generic kernel.

Certification notes

Dell iDRAC and MAAS

This system may not work out of the box in a MAAS environment because IPMI over LAN is disabled by default on Dell iDRAC controllers. Therefore, before you can fully use this system in a MAAS environment, you will need to ensure IPMI over LAN is enabled in the iDRAC settings on your hardware.

We are working with Dell to resolve this and expect it will be fixed in a future release or update to MAAS

Option Support Statement

The following optional adapters for this server are not currently supported by 16.04 LTS via either the 4.4 or 4.10 kernels:
Dell EMC PERC10 RAID Controllers – H740p, H840
Qlogic NIC’s – QL41264, QL41164, QL41262

Support for these optional adapters will be available in the 16.04.4 HWE kernel.

Purley Platform Support - 16.04 LTS

Purley CPUs and Platforms are not fully supported the 4.4 kernel stream for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. If you are running workloads that require all the features of the Purley CPU instruction set, you will need to update to kernel version 4.10 or later, which is provided by the 'linux-generic-hwe-16.04' package or the 'xenial (hwe-16.04)' kernel option in MAAS.

BIOS
Dell: 1.0.0 (UEFI)

Hardware summary

This system was tested with these key components:

Processor

Intel Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 5117 CPU @ 2.00GHz

Intel Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8153 CPU @ 2.00GHz

Video

Matrox Electronics Systems Ltd. Integrated Matrox G200eW3 Graphics Controller

Ethernet

QLogic Corp. FastLinQ QL41000 Series 10/25/40/50GbE Controller 25GE 2P QL41262HxCU-DE Adapter

Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5720 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe

Hardware details

BIOS

Dell 1.0.0

Board

Dell 0N28XX

Chassis

Dell Rack Mount Chassis

Disk

Dell PERC H730P Adp

Efi

Dell EFI v2.50

Mouse

Avocent 0624:0013

Avocent 0624:0200

Network

QLogic Corp. FastLinQ QL41000 Series 10/25/40/50GbE Controller 25GE 2P QL41262HxCU-DE Adapter

Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5720 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe

Processor

Intel Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 5117 CPU @ 2.00GHz

Intel Intel(R) Xeon(R) Platinum 8153 CPU @ 2.00GHz

Raid

LSI Logic / Symbios Logic MegaRAID SAS-3 3108 [Invader] PERC H730P Adapter

System

Dell PowerEdge R540

Usb

Intel Lewisburg USB 3.0 xHCI Controller

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. flash drive (4GB, EMTEC)

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. 13fe:5500

Video

Matrox Electronics Systems Ltd. Integrated Matrox G200eW3 Graphics Controller

Other

IEI Integration Corp Power Button

Power Button

Intel Sky Lake-E Ubox Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E Ubox Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E Ubox Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E M2PCI Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E DMI3 Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E CBDMA Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E MM/Vt-d Configuration Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E PCI Express Root Port 1C

Intel Sky Lake-E RAS Configuration Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E M3KTI Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E M3KTI Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E M3KTI Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E CHA Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E CHA Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E CHA Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E CHA Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E PCU Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E PCU Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E PCU Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E PCU Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E PCU Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E PCU Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E PCU Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E CHA Registers

Intel Sky Lake-E CHA Registers

Intel Lewisburg SATA Controller [AHCI mode]

Intel Lewisburg PCI Express Root Port #1

Intel Lewisburg PCI Express Root Port #5

Intel Lewisburg PMC

Intel Lewisburg SMBus

Intel Lewisburg SPI Controller

Intel Lewisburg Thermal Subsystem

Intel Lewisburg CSME: HECI #1

Intel Lewisburg CSME: HECI #2

Intel Lewisburg CSME: HECI #3

Intel Lewisburg LPC Controller

Intel Lewisburg SSATA Controller [AHCI mode]

Standard Microsystems Corp. 2.0 Hub

Tascam 1604:10c0

Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub