How to install 3.2 bpo (backports) kernel on debian system?

Posted by blogadmin on August 8, 2012

Many of you must be using xen-amd64 kernels shipped with squeeze stable. The latest stable version 2.6.32-5-xen-amd64 has some problems in handling interrupts. DomU running on Dom0 kernel 2.6.32-5-xen-amd64 become unresponsive some time. The fix is to upgrade kernel to 3.2.0-0.bpo.2-amd64.

Note: Backports are recompiled packages for testing (mostly) and unstable. Install them on your own risk. At a time you should try only one or two back ported packages.
1. Modify your apt source list to include backports repository “/etc/apt/sources.list“. Add below line

deb squeeze-backports main

2. Run

# aptitude update

3. Install the kernel

# apt-get -t squeeze-backports install linux-image-3.2.0-0.bpo.2-amd64

4. If you are using HP or Dell server, you will also need bnx2 bpo firmware for your Broadcom ethernet. This package is not available in repo. You can manually download and install it from here

# wget
# dpkg -i firmware-bnx2_0.35~bpo60+1_all.deb

5. Reboot

# shutdown -r now
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