IBM Blade Center - FreeBSD on HS20 type MTM 8832/N1X

Marian Hettwer MH at kernel32.de
Thu Dec 29 08:41:42 PST 2005


Hi there,

Andrea Brancatelli wrote:
> Alle 16:29, giovedì 29 dicembre 2005, hai scritto:
> 
> 
>>>Here's the symptoms... when booting from CD the CD boots regulary, then
>>>the "searching for Kernel" part comes in, the whirl starts spinning and
>>>everything stop. I mean, it doesn't stop, it keeps spinning and spinning
>>>and spinning and spinning, but without doing anything. If I take the CD
>>>out of the drive it returns and error complaining it can't find the
>>>Kernel and asking me where it should look for it.
>>
>>Are you sure it's not USB?
>>We have a LS20 blade-center and the whole media-bay (where floppy and
>>cdrom live) and the KVM are connected via USB - it's even USB1.1, so
>>installling something from CDROM is dead-slow (in addition, the
>>brain-dead java remote-console together with this USB-CDROM-crazyness
>>makes remote-installation of RHEL3+4 impossible...).
> 
> 
> Yes, you are right, it's a USB CD-Rom I mistakenly tought it was SCSI.
> 
> Anyhow I got behind the CD Rom problem, now I'm trying to figure out how to be 
> able to use the keyboard when Sysinstall starts... :-(
> 
You may want to take a look at an automatic installation with PXE and 
some scripts.
There is a paper on how to do that with FreeBSD (We're using FAI and 
Debian on HS20 Blades):
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/pxe/

Perhaps you can try to install the server via PXE. In the end, if you're 
lucky to have quite a lot of servers, a PXE based installation would be 
one way to go :)

hth,
Marian



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