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  • Latest Post - ‏2012-01-25T20:34:22Z by lucio.correia
GlennBrown
GlennBrown
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Pinned topic Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

‏2011-10-31T17:11:54Z |
 I saw Jeff Scheel's presentation on the Toolkit and the TechU and decided to give it a spin. I have attempted to boot the kit on two systems and it fails with unable find/mount rootfs.

One system is a Power5 P520 (9111-520) and on my desk side workstation which is a Intellistation 185, both should be supported systems, can anyone give me a idea what am I missing.
 

 
 
Updated on 2012-01-25T20:34:22Z at 2012-01-25T20:34:22Z by lucio.correia
  • jscheel
    jscheel
    67 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-10-31T18:30:26Z  
     Thanks for posting, Glenn.  Can you please provide a few more details such as the version of the Toolkit that you used, the version of the distribution that you used, and any other non-standard settings you used?
     
    I'm sure we'll have a few more questions, but these are the first few that come to mind.
  • GlennBrown
    GlennBrown
    8 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-10-31T20:59:29Z  
     Latest version of the toolkit (5.0) and I will be installed RHEL 5.7 but on these two systems the toolkit doesn't even boot. Not doing anything fancy.

     
    I decided to give it a try on the Power6 P520's (8203-E4A) the install kit boots and I walked through the steps to install, I get to the point where it wants me to insert the Redhat install DVD, I am using Virtual Optical drives on my HMC for this machine so unload the IBM install toolkit and load the RHEL 5 iso image that is setup in the Media Library on my VIOS.
     
     
    However when I set next in the web installer it says not a valid disk, is there something else special I need to do in order to "eject" the disk?
     
     
     
  • GlennBrown
    GlennBrown
    8 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-10-31T21:08:05Z  
     Latest version of the toolkit (5.0) and I will be installed RHEL 5.7 but on these two systems the toolkit doesn't even boot. Not doing anything fancy.

     
    I decided to give it a try on the Power6 P520's (8203-E4A) the install kit boots and I walked through the steps to install, I get to the point where it wants me to insert the Redhat install DVD, I am using Virtual Optical drives on my HMC for this machine so unload the IBM install toolkit and load the RHEL 5 iso image that is setup in the Media Library on my VIOS.
     
     
    However when I set next in the web installer it says not a valid disk, is there something else special I need to do in order to "eject" the disk?
     
     
     

  • lucio.correia
    lucio.correia
    22 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-11-01T17:06:42Z  

     Hi GlennBrown
     
    By the error message showed in the last screenshot, IBMIT is expecting RHEL5U6 media, and looking at your VIOS media library, the media is RHEL5U7. It does check media contents, so it is only expected to work with a RHEL5U6 ISO in the drive.
  • GlennBrown
    GlennBrown
    8 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-11-01T17:22:21Z  
     Hi GlennBrown
     
    By the error message showed in the last screenshot, IBMIT is expecting RHEL5U6 media, and looking at your VIOS media library, the media is RHEL5U7. It does check media contents, so it is only expected to work with a RHEL5U6 ISO in the drive.
     Actually the error message states it expects RHEL5U6 or above so that would imply it will work fine but I am downloading U6 to be safe to rule that out.
  • GlennBrown
    GlennBrown
    8 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-11-03T20:25:09Z  
     So Lucio was correct and using RHEL5U6 worked. One small note to the boys at IBM make that message clearer since it did say I could use U6 or above.
     
    But I hit another brick wall. It doesn't appear to load the ibmvfc driver properly. 
     
    This is a Power6 LPAR with 2 Virtual Fiber Adapters setup and only 1 DMX Meta presented to it. Do I need to load some sort of special "driver disk", if I boot the RHEL ISO straight outright it boots correctly into the installer, so not sure what the IBM Installer is doing that fubars the module loading.
     
     
    Updated on 2011-11-03T20:25:09Z at 2011-11-03T20:25:09Z by GlennBrown
  • lucio.correia
    lucio.correia
    22 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-11-04T14:34:59Z  
     So Lucio was correct and using RHEL5U6 worked. One small note to the boys at IBM make that message clearer since it did say I could use U6 or above.
     
    But I hit another brick wall. It doesn't appear to load the ibmvfc driver properly. 
     
    This is a Power6 LPAR with 2 Virtual Fiber Adapters setup and only 1 DMX Meta presented to it. Do I need to load some sort of special "driver disk", if I boot the RHEL ISO straight outright it boots correctly into the installer, so not sure what the IBM Installer is doing that fubars the module loading.
     
     
    Hi GlennBrown
     
    Thanks for reporting those issues.
     
    IBMIT team will fix the wrong message asking for media for the next release.
     
    Regarding the driver issue, IBMIT team will investigate it.
     
    Regards
  • GlennBrown
    GlennBrown
    8 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-11-04T14:52:34Z  
    Hi GlennBrown
     
    Thanks for reporting those issues.
     
    IBMIT team will fix the wrong message asking for media for the next release.
     
    Regarding the driver issue, IBMIT team will investigate it.
     
    Regards
     Is the previous version of the installation toolkit available?
  • lucio.correia
    lucio.correia
    22 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-11-07T13:34:02Z  
     Is the previous version of the installation toolkit available?
     No, previous versions are not available.
  • anibal.carvalho
    anibal.carvalho
    35 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-11-30T15:16:23Z  
     So Lucio was correct and using RHEL5U6 worked. One small note to the boys at IBM make that message clearer since it did say I could use U6 or above.
     
    But I hit another brick wall. It doesn't appear to load the ibmvfc driver properly. 
     
    This is a Power6 LPAR with 2 Virtual Fiber Adapters setup and only 1 DMX Meta presented to it. Do I need to load some sort of special "driver disk", if I boot the RHEL ISO straight outright it boots correctly into the installer, so not sure what the IBM Installer is doing that fubars the module loading.
     
     
     Hi GlennBrown.
     
    There is a line during RHEL5 boot that states which kernel command line was used. It starts with: "Kernel command line:" and appears before entering Anaconda. Could you please verify if ibmvfc is passed as a driverload parameter? If possible please also copy and paste the line here.
    Another valuable information to us is disk modules needed, you can get them by booting IBM IT Live DVD, choosing option "2 - Rescue mode (goes to terminal)" and running "hwinfo --disk | grep Modules". This info will help us to give you a workaround for version 5.0.
     
    We are working to get this fixed.
     
    Thank you,
    Anibal.
  • GlennBrown
    GlennBrown
    8 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2011-12-06T16:13:03Z  
     Hi GlennBrown.
     
    There is a line during RHEL5 boot that states which kernel command line was used. It starts with: "Kernel command line:" and appears before entering Anaconda. Could you please verify if ibmvfc is passed as a driverload parameter? If possible please also copy and paste the line here.
    Another valuable information to us is disk modules needed, you can get them by booting IBM IT Live DVD, choosing option "2 - Rescue mode (goes to terminal)" and running "hwinfo --disk | grep Modules". This info will help us to give you a workaround for version 5.0.
     
    We are working to get this fixed.
     
    Thank you,
    Anibal.
     Sorry for the delay been neck deep in other issues.
     
    Kernel command line: ro ks=file:///MjCDkpVNuW nonet nostorage driverload=ibmvfc driverload=ibmveth 
     
     The only driver modules that hwinfo --disk|grep Modules returns is ibmvfc (returns it 3 times)
  • lucio.correia
    lucio.correia
    22 Posts

    Re: Issues with IBM Linux Installation Toolkit

    ‏2012-01-25T20:34:22Z  
    Hi GlennBrown
     
    Thanks for the information, we have released IBM Installation Toolkit for Linux 5.1. You may want to give it a try on your virtual fiber adapters setup on POWER 6. This new version doesn't support POWER 5 anymore.
     
    Regards