09-20-2011 04:29 AM
Got a little but further. I have successfully run the job but by PXE booting the kernel/initrd.img files. So, it seems like loading via GRUB is the issue. The .iso/dvd/pxe all load via syslinux.
09-20-2011 06:10 AM
Does this mean recreating the RDP job to ditch the GRUB install and somehow use the initrd.img file? My linux is not that good so it's tricky to fathom out how to adjust the build process.
09-20-2011 06:24 AM
Yes, that would be one workaround but it's a little crude. You would basically create a new LinuxPE environment that automatically deploys the OS but it's not really the way to go as you'll loose the nice parts of RDP i.e.. Creating a .cfg file for each job that customizes the computer name etc. Do you have a HP support contract?
09-20-2011 06:51 AM
I suppose you could try and use a newer version of GRUB but you shouldn't have to as this should have been tested by HP in the lab before it was released with RDP. You have to install the newer version of grub (not GRUB 2!) and capture an image of the bard disk with the GRUB loader written to it and modify the job to lay down this image. I'd log a call to support if you have a support contract.
09-20-2011 02:02 PM
I found this article
But it really doesn't address the issue that for some reason when the kernel and initial ramdisk image are loaded from GNU Grub version 0.97, the kernel cannot find the network cards even though it has drivers for them. When loaded via isolinux or pxelinux, it works fine. If you have a HP support contract I'd log a call with them for this. This config is is supported so it should have been tested in the lab prior to release.
09-20-2011 04:07 PM
I've bounced your reponse to a 3rd party we use to see if they can speak to HP. They are a partner so fingers crossed. Just tried another GRUB.img file located in a different folder as it was a bigger size but nothing!
09-21-2011 12:38 AM
Check what version of GRUB it is. The version should be displayed if you edit the boot options using the 'e' option when the GRUB menu is displayed.
09-22-2011 07:37 AM
The GRUB file I tried didn't work at all. The normal one in the HP folder is 0.97. Still waiting to see if this HP Partner can shed any light but no joy as yet.
I can't be the only person in the world wanting to deploy Red Hat onto a G7 Blade :(
09-22-2011 07:48 AM
Well as we've shown, it doesn't seem to be a hardware issue as I a running an E1000 (the most emulated nic out there) in vm and same issue. I mentioned it to a hp engineer (off the record) today . He works with Insight Deployment support and he said he'd test the out of the box jobs in his vm lab and see if he sees the same behavior.
10-05-2011 04:04 AM
Just an update to say I've got an open ticket with HP now for this and they've had the dsinfo dump from Altiris along with the video of the error. See what they can come up with.
Sadly I've now built all 7 servers manually but a script will be nice going forward :)
10-17-2011 01:48 AM
Brief update.....Had an Email from HP asking me to try a few things, sadly this was to resolve a web deployment console not loading on Linux issue which couldn't have been further from the call logged.
I've spoken to our HP Partner to see if they can give them a push from any contacts they might have.