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Re: Kickstart-list Digest, Vol 130, Issue 3

This URL you posted seems to indicate this is a RHEL 6.1-specific problem.

Have you tried a more recent RHEL6 version?  We boot just fine off 10 GbE-capable ethernet cards (X520s or X540s). We image to RHEL 6.3 and 6.5.

The *only* quirkness I've seen w/ this ixgbe / Intel 10 GbE NIC combo is if the switch port is configured for 1 GbE.  Then the card seems to take a while to auto-neg down to 1 GbE.  So we have to put a link delay in the ifcfg-eth* file.  And all is good. I believe the syntax is:  LINKDELAY=10 or some such.

We never experienced this problem when kickstarting.  But even if we had, I believe there's equiv syntax in the ks.cfg to do this.

If the switch port is set to 10 GbE, I've seen no quirkness on the RHEL 6.3 or 6.5 ixgbe driver.  And we've imaged hundred of servers at this point to RHEL 6.3 or 6.5, all with Intel NICs.  

Long ago, I had a similar problem on SLES 10, I had to crack open the boot media and put in a more recent raid controller driver.  That was when vmlinuz was in the old format; I wouldn't know how to do that now.  And even back then, it was quite painful.

That's why popping up your RHEL 6.x version seems to be an easier fix.


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   1. I need to build a couple modules into an ISO (Christopher Petro)

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From: Christopher Petro <petro cpetro us>
To: kickstart-list redhat com
Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:12:39 -0600
Subject: I need to build a couple modules into an ISO
My team has around 450 servers (and increasing) distributed around the US in batches of 2 to 12 servers, and we install/reinstall them by uploading a ISO into "vflash" (or mounting via NFS/HTTP over the OOB interface. PXE is not really an option) and then telling the hardware to boot off that.

We are using Intel 10G ethernet cards that use the ixgbe driver, but the one built into RHEL6.x doesn't work so we need to use the kmod-ixgbe ( see https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHEA-2011-1347.html

We usually install our servers in batches of 7 to 15, so we prefer to automate the process as much as possible (mounting a driver disk is problematic in our environment). 

Thus I would like to build this into the kickstart initrd or image.img (or wherever) so that the interfaces can be lit up (additional problem, we're using bonding) during install.

One way I have thought of doing this is to unpackage the RPM (rpm2cpio) and manually ifup the interface, but that would be sort ugly. 

Any suggestions or pointers to documents? 


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