FreeBSD diskless workstation boot over Linux PXE server
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Tue Mar 4 17:37:00 UTC 2008
> Did you modify rc.conf, fstab and resolv.conf as described in
# Device Mountpoint FStype
Options Dump Pass#
192.168.16.5:/export/images/freeBSD / nfs
rw 0 0
proc /proc procfs
rw 0 0
** Note - it is for our test/dev environment - it's ok to have entire
root RW for us; no need to secure the environment.
2. rc.conf: (I am assuming, the above mentioned note indicates to
edit the /etc/rc.conf file (not the /etc/defaults/rc.conf)
# -- sysinstall generated deltas -- # Mon Mar 3 09:08:29 2008
# Created: Mon Mar 3 09:08:29 2008
# Enable network daemons for user convenience.
# Please make all changes to this file, not to /etc/defaults/rc.conf.
# This file now contains just the overrides from /etc/defaults/rc.conf.
rc.conf for diskless clients
# System daemons:
sendmail_submit_enable="NO" # Do not enable local delivery or outbound
sendmail_outbound_enable="NO" # sendmail daemon. This disables sendmail
sendmail_msp_queue_enable="NO" # completely on the client.
cron_enable="NO" # Cron should run on the server
# File systems
# root_rw_mount="NO" # Root is exported read only
background_fsck="NO" # NEVER run fsck on nfs mounted partitions
nfs_client_enable="YES" # The diskless client is an NFS client
tmpmfs="NO" # We mount /var and /tmp as NFS partitions
cleanvar_enable="YES" # Clean the /var directory (this is default)
clear_tmp_enable="YES" # Clear /tmp at startup.
clear_tmp_X="YES" # Clear and recreate X11-related directories
# Scripts run at startup only
newsyslog_enable="NO" # Logging to server
update_motd="NO" # Root file system is read only
**Note: I also comment'ed out the root_rw_mounted = NO - because I
would like to export root as RW - assuming default is YES; or should
I have just changed NO value to YES (will try that too).
>And what's hiding
> behind "etc. etc."?
Basically, I just meant to say, "etcetera" vis a vis the console error
messages .... to reiterate, the console messages where initial error
occurs appears are follows:
NFS ROOT: 192.168.16.5:/export/images/freeBSD
nfe0: link state change to UP
Interface nfe0 IP_Address 192.168.16.5 ... . . . . ..
Loading Configuration files.
rc.conf: not found
No Suitable dump device was found .
Entropy harvesting: interrupts ethernet point_to_point kickstart.
Starting file system checks:
mount_nfs: can't update /var/db/mounttab for 192.168.16.5:/export/images/freeBSD
Setting hostuuid: .....
Setting hostid: ....
Mounting local file systems.
Setting hostname: ....
rc.conf: not found
3. Yes, resolv.conf points to our DNS; it contains same as other
working hosts within our lab.
..... Thank you for the response and patience; I truly appreciate all
the help and pointers.
Thanks in advanced.
On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 2:10 AM, Erik Cederstrand <erik at cederstrand.dk> wrote:
> vincenzo romero wrote:
> > Thank you for the input from a couple of folks. After a few research
> > and readings I am able to boot off a diskless client; and have a
> > little error encountered. To clarify the environment:
> > 1. PXE/DHCP/NFS/TFTP servers is a linux host
> > 2. DHCP - server - dhcpd.conf file shows the following: (for my
> > freeBSD diskless client testing scenario)
> > filename "pxeboot";
> > next-server 192.168.16.5;
> > option root-path "192.168.16.5:/export/images/freeBSD";
> > -- pxeboot is the freeBSD /boot/pxeboot file I copied over to my
> > /tftpboot directory.
> > -- next server IP is the PXE/TFTPD/DHCP server ...
> > -- the NFS root is exported by the NFS server as such.
> > .... The client seems to boot properly - acquires an IP address;
> > downloads and reads the /tftpboot/pxeboot file; .... a message also
> > appears that indicates it mounted the root File system: (snippet of
> > console messages:)
> > NFS ROOT: 192.168.16.5:/export/images/freeBSD
> > nfe0: link state change to UP
> > Interface nfe0 IP_Address 192.168.16.5 ... . . . . ..
> > Loading Configuration files.
> > rc.conf: not found
> > No Suitable dump device was found .
> > |
> > etc.
> > etc.
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