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HighPoint RocketRAID 2720GSL & OpenMediaVault

When building a NAS, lately my OS of choice has been OpenMediaVault.  Unfortunately, OMV doesn’t ship with native support for one of the most inexpensive SAS controllers, the HighPoint RocketRAID 2720GSL.  To gain support for the controller, you have to backport your Kernel.  The process will take only a few minutes and is easy enough for a novice to do.

Backporting is the action of taking a certain software modification (patch) and applying it to an older version of the software than it was initially created for. It forms part of the maintenance step in a software development process.

First, you have log into your OMV server and make sure SSH is enabled (with root login).  Open up a web browser and point it to the IP address your OMV grabbed (you can see in the screenshot above).  In my case, it was (the first available IP address).  The default username is admin and the default password is OpenMediaVault.


  1. Click on SSH in the left menu panel
  2. Check the box for Enable
  3. Ensure the box for Permit root login is checked
  4. Click OK

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Next, grab your favorite SSH utility and SSH into your OMV Server.

Log in as root and use the password you set during the installation


You need to add the source for the new kernel

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following to the end of the file (move your mouse to the end of the file, copy the line below then right click in the putty window to paste it)

deb http://backports.debian.org/debian-backports squeeze-backports main non-free


Press CTRL-X to exit, confirm when prompted by hitting Y and save by hitting Enter

Update with APT

apt-get update

See what kernel is available

apt-cache search linux-image-3


Install the kernel (taken from the information above – change the line below should yours reflect something different)

apt-get -t squeeze-backports install linux-image-3.2.0-0.bpo.4-amd64 firmware-linux-free firmware-linux-nonfree


Press Y when prompted to continue

If you are prompted that Required firmware files may be missing, press OK – be patient, this may take a bit to finish


Reboot to finish the update by typing



About Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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