Setup Network on a Woodcrest Server

Steps to setup network driver as a loadable module on an Intel Woodcrest server (Intel 5000 series chipsets)

Server specifications:
mainboard Supermicro model X7DVL-E, 4 GB FB-DIMM memory, 160 GB SATA II disk
OS: SL 3.0.3

(1) driver module download (Intel PRO/1000 family adapter - includes support for Intel I/OAT):

OS Manufacturer: RedHat; OS: Linux Enterprise v3; Drive type: LAN

(2) kernel source download:

Note: driver and kernel source rpm transferred to server using USB flash drive - plug flash drive then mount device:
# mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/flashdrive
(see /var/log/messages to check if flash drive was correctly recognised by the system)

(3) kernel source installation:

# rpm -Uvh kernel-source-2.4.21-20.EL.i386.rpm==

(4) driver installation:

# tar zxvf e1000-x.x.x.tar.gz
# cd e1000-x.x.x/src/
# make install
# modprobe e1000

(See e1000-x.x.x/README for detailed instructions on configuring optional parameters)

(5) Assign IP address to the interface and check if it's ok:

# ifconfig ethX X.X.X.X
# ethtool ethX

Topic revision: r2 - 2006-09-26 - RogerioIope

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