pxeboot does not work on Sun X4540
bra at fsn.hu
Wed Jan 7 10:51:42 PST 2009
Attila Nagy wrote:
> I'm trying to boot FreeBSD 8-CURRENT on a Sun X4540 (2xquad core
> Opteron, 64 GB memory, 48 SATA disks (in fact 47, the 48th is a write
> optimized SSD, because this box is a 7210 OpenStorage "appliance",
> running OpenSolaris) on LSI controllers, nvidia NIC) from our boot
> server without success.
> The PXE on the NIC downloads pxeboot with TFTP, but then gets stuck at
> loading the kernel:
> pxeboot is configured to load the kernel via NFS (the default) and
> according to the tcpdump output, the client (X4540) issues an NFS
> GETPORT call and gets the response from the NFS server and then
> nothing else happens.
> I've tried with LOADER_TFTP_SUPPORT=YES and the result is the same,
> the only difference is that the machine stops sending packets after
> the first TFTP read request (for /boot/boot.4th.split), which doesn't
> exist, so the server sends the answer and then nothing comes back from
> the X4540 box.
> It seems that it gets to send exactly one packet, then freezes.
> What else should be done to debug this problem?
BTW, the last FreeBSD 8-CURRENT snapshot from december boots fine (at
least I can get to sysinstall, I haven't yet tried installation, because
I wouldn't like to touch the boot drives, which house the OpenSolaris
image -that's why I want to boot from the net).
I would like to do a FreeBSD vs. OpenSolaris comparison on this machine,
so please help. :)
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