[K12OSN] LTSP server with 3 NICs? SOME SUCCESS!

Joseph Bishay joseph.bishay at gmail.com
Wed Dec 24 17:11:27 UTC 2008


So I've been tearing out and rebuilding most of the I.T. in the
building for the past few days.  My goal is to have it all up again by
the end of this week.

A lot of postings were about how it was a bad idea to be running
K12LTSP fedora core 6 as the main machine, so I took this opportunity
to backup and then wipe the LTSP server.  I've installed a clean
K12LTSP CentOS EL version on it and tried to set it up from the start
for 3 NIC functionality.

(I've also installed both IPCOP with squidguard and another centos
webserver/mailing list so it's been a busy few days!)

Back to the 3-NIC problem.  I noticed that somehow, something was
crossed with all the cables going in and out of the switch, and I
think at some point an Internet connection from the router was plugged
into the LTSP switch.  Not sure if this was affecting the TFTP or not,
I pulled out all the cables and just plugged in one client and the
server into the switch.  I was able to get, when I plug the switch
into the default LTSP NIC, to get a client to boot.  Well, technically
it failed with some sort of failed to find the opt/i386 kernel or such
and gave you 4 possible fixes.  Hunting through the email archive the
solution was to modify /etc/exports to add two lines for
/opt/ltsp/i386 and /var/opt/ltsp/swapfiles for the secondary network.
I also went into lts.conf and added TWO server lines:  server = AND server =  Doing that got the client
to boot so half the problem is solved!

Now, the question becomes, why when I plug the switch into the
secondary LTSP NIC, do the clients hang at 'loading"?  I assume that tftp is working since
they do boot when plugged into the other NIC.

Just to clarify -- when I installed CentOS, I setup the networks as follows:

eth0 - 192.168.2.XXX - LTSP network No. 1 - works fine!
eth1 - Internet NIC
eth2 - 192.168.3.XXX - LTSP network No. 2 - hangs!

So close to a solution!

Thank you

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