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Max Hetrick 04-10-2008 05:48 PM

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Hi guys,

Someone on the list today was asking about diskless clients. I have a
guide written for doing diskless clients across NFS and PXE. I noticed
there was nothing existing on the wiki for such a thing.

I wanted to ask before I created the main category "Diskless Clients"
under the How To page. Any objections to that there? Or suggest a better
title?

Regards,
Max
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Ralph Angenendt 04-11-2008 09:53 AM

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Max Hetrick wrote:
> I wanted to ask before I created the main category "Diskless Clients"
> under the How To page. Any objections to that there? Or suggest a better
> title?

Not really, go ahead (IMHO).

Cheers,

Ralph
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Max Hetrick 04-11-2008 11:28 PM

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Ralph Angenendt wrote:

> Not really, go ahead (IMHO).


Done.

Regards,
Max

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John 04-11-2008 11:58 PM

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> Done.

May I see it please.

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John 04-12-2008 12:14 AM

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On Fri, 2008-04-11 at 19:28 -0400, Max Hetrick wrote:
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> Ralph Angenendt wrote:
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> Done.

Ignore that stupid question from the mail previously. I see it.

This is not compatable with CentOS 5...
# yum install system-config-netboot
# system-config-netboot

Do you have a workaround for it. IE:Manually? system config netboot is not included in CentOS 5. There is a Bugzila report on
redhat that I was pointed to that said it maybe released in another version of RHEL v5. I on the otherhand obtained
the package from the Fedora Core 6 repo. Installed it but have done no further testing than that.

When I have the time I can validate wether or not the package will work. In theory it should be just fine. Or you can
your self and add CentOS 5 also to the How To instead of just centos 4.

I like the PXE Boot explanation!

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> Max
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Max Hetrick 04-12-2008 12:44 AM

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John wrote:

>> Do you have a workaround for it. IE:Manually? system config netboot is not included in CentOS 5. There is a Bugzila report on
>> redhat that I was pointed to that said it maybe released in another version of RHEL v5. I on the otherhand obtained
>> the package from the Fedora Core 6 repo. Installed it but have done no further testing than that.
>
>> When I have the time I can validate wether or not the package will work. In theory it should be just fine. Or you can
>> your self and add CentOS 5 also to the How To instead of just centos 4.
>

I never actually verified it with 5. I haven't had time to do so. I can
pull off that line on there about it "should work with 5."

Feel free to add any notes or change what you can to make it work with 5.

Regards,
Max
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John 04-12-2008 01:26 AM

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On Fri, 2008-04-11 at 20:44 -0400, Max Hetrick wrote:
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> John wrote:
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> >> Do you have a workaround for it. IE:Manually? system config netboot is not included in CentOS 5. There is a Bugzila report on
> >> redhat that I was pointed to that said it maybe released in another version of RHEL v5. I on the otherhand obtained
> >> the package from the Fedora Core 6 repo. Installed it but have done no further testing than that.
> >
> >> When I have the time I can validate wether or not the package will work. In theory it should be just fine. Or you can
> >> your self and add CentOS 5 also to the How To instead of just centos 4.
> >
>
> I never actually verified it with 5. I haven't had time to do so. I can
> pull off that line on there about it "should work with 5."
>
> Feel free to add any notes or change what you can to make it work with 5.

When I get around to Veryfing it working i'll post my findings to here
in the docs list for you.It is your How To you can add the the
appropiate notes on it [my opinion]. You can leave it, should work with
5 because you can manually add the hosts, ipaddys and etc. Maybe someone
else could give an opinion also on that.

I'd be willing to bet you could copy the cent 4 config files to cent 5
for that aspect of it to work. The actual package makes the kernel image
also. So it would run the cent 4 image on all the clients. If i'm wrong
please point it out someone?

I do know the rpm package will install and start up on the desktop.
That's as for as I got with it as something came up I had to take on in
the process.



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Max Hetrick 04-12-2008 02:54 AM

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John wrote:


>> When I get around to Veryfing it working i'll post my findings to here
>> in the docs list for you.It is your How To you can add the the
>> appropiate notes on it [my opinion]. You can leave it, should work with
>> 5 because you can manually add the hosts, ipaddys and etc. Maybe someone
>> else could give an opinion also on that.

Hi, John. Doesn't matter to me. I'd be more than happy to share the work
with you. Add what you feel is appropriate to the how to and just add
your name to the link. I'll copy that and put it on my website with your
name as well to credit the work that you've done.

I'm not huge into name attribution. I just like writing guides for fun
as it's my way to give back for the hard work that the CentOS
maintainers put into such a wonderful community project. That's another
reason my guides aren't always up to date, because it's my hobby and I
don't always have time to verify with the latest and greatest.

Just let me know how you'd like me to put the appropriate/relevant
CentOS 5 notes as.

Regards,
Max
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Max Hetrick 04-16-2008 01:49 PM

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John wrote:

>> This is not compatable with CentOS 5...
>> # yum install system-config-netboot
>> # system-config-netboot
>
>> Do you have a workaround for it. IE:Manually? system config netboot is not included in CentOS 5. There is a Bugzila report on
>> redhat that I was pointed to that said it maybe released in another version of RHEL v5. I on the otherhand obtained
>> the package from the Fedora Core 6 repo. Installed it but have done no further testing than that.

Hi, John.

I found this thread about system-config-netboot not being part of RHEL 5.

http://www.mail-archive.com/rhelv5-list@redhat.com/msg00125.html

Apparently it will be included in the future again after they work some
technical difficulties through. In the meantime, apparently the FC6
package works fine.

I'll test it out and make the appropriate changes within the next few days.

Regards,
Max

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Max Hetrick 04-16-2008 09:25 PM

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Max Hetrick wrote:

> I'll test it out and make the appropriate changes within the next few days.

John,

After getting things to work, I ran into a kernel panic problem when
trying to boot up.

I found this link that tried to get things taken care of to work, but I
was unsuccessful. It keeps running into a kernel panic during boot.

http://www-theorie.physik.unizh.ch/~dpotter/howto/diskless

Let me know if you've been able to discover anything. I'm guessing this
is too much of a PITA to do on 5 until RHEL gets the tools corrected,
especially whenever you can easily get it working with 4.6 without much
effort.

Regards,
Max
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