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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:16 am    Post subject: Help with PXE Reply with quote

Hi,

please is there any guide/tutorial how to set up a PXE server based on gentoo ?
I don't want to install from PXE, I want to provide PXE for clients.

TY for help in advance
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: Help with PXE Reply with quote

You can take a look on this one. Not exactly what you're searching for, but may give you some hints

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-559267-highlight-pxe.html
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: Help with PXE Reply with quote

Dagger wrote:
You can take a look on this one. Not exactly what you're searching for, but may give you some hints

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-559267-highlight-pxe.html


Already found that before I posted :(
I don't want to use any CD

have found also http://dev.gentoo.org/~dberkholz/ltsp/setup.txt

but it's kinda confusing and I don't want X's

EDIT:
I want to set up a Cluster system (10 machines) which would have their images stored on the main server from where they would boot in case of a restart. Currently each machine has its own installation and I don't like that solution for 10 same HW setups ...
And besides that I would like to provide a CD-less network based setup for any new nodes / machines I'd put into the system ... Just plug in, set up network boot in bios, start and enjoy easy installation
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ages ago (3 or 4 years ago) I was doing something similar with LTSP. Although I wasn't using PXE back than, just a old fashion bootroms.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Diskless Nodes with Gentoo
HOWTO Gentoo Diskless Install
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

davjel wrote:
Diskless Nodes with Gentoo
HOWTO Gentoo Diskless Install


thank you :)
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you can get more than one node to boot with PXE boot to seperate directories, please let me know. I can only get the first one up, then when I try to add a second node, it blows up on me.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I'm getting more into this now, finally managed to boot up through PXE (to a simple kernel, which was bad, but anyway, it worked in the process of booting)

vaguy: it's probbably no problem, you just need to name a configuration file for pxelinux.0 in the pxelinux.cfg directory after the MAC address of your client node (well, this depends on the pxelinux.0 you're using, it used to be IP addresses in the past, now it's according to MAC + you need to specify 01- in the beginning to define it as Ethernet address, so in fact it would be 01-aa-bb-cc-dd-ee-ff for example, where aa-bb-cc-dd-ee-ff would be the MAC of your client)

I'm having different problems now:
When I start a node, it goes into PXE boot procedure

it starts doing a DHCP discovery. On the master node in /var/log/messages there is ACK packet send to the client, BUT the client fails to accept it and ends up "Press any key to continue". After I press the key, the client restarts the boot procedure and is again doing DHCP discovery, but this time successfuly and it starts to boot up the kernel supplied by PXE - so IT WORKS!

Is anybody having an idea, if the DHCP server needs to be configured somehow specially (I set it up using http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/diskless-howto.xml) ? Pressing a key is not an option to boot up a PXE client in my case, even though it would work :)
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Duplicate Threads.
Moved in favour of https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-54293-highlight-pxe.html
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