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multi-version jumpstart - FreeBSD

I currently have a jumpstart server setup in such a way that we can specify on a "configure" command-line various install options (which 4.x-RELEASE we want to use, server config type, etc.). This part is working great and has saved us a ton of time. Now that 5.x is moving into the realm of being stable enough for our production uses, we're looking into making use of some of the SMP-related goodies in that release line. Unfortunately, I do not seem to be able to get our jumpstart server to be able to dynamically install both 4.x and 5.x targets ...

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    Default multi-version jumpstart

    I currently have a jumpstart server setup in such a way that we can
    specify on a "configure" command-line various install options (which
    4.x-RELEASE we want to use, server config type, etc.). This part is
    working great and has saved us a ton of time.

    Now that 5.x is moving into the realm of being stable enough for our
    production uses, we're looking into making use of some of the
    SMP-related goodies in that release line. Unfortunately, I do not seem
    to be able to get our jumpstart server to be able to dynamically
    install both 4.x and 5.x targets from the same machine.

    I'm able to get the jumpstart server to export the 5.3-RELEASE partition
    and pass the GENERIC kernel and install.cfg over to the network-booting
    machine, but when it comes time to actually NFS mount the install
    partition on the target server to run the install, it returns an NFS
    error:

    mount_nfs -P 10.x.x.x:/releases/5.3-RELEASE/ /dist
    mount_nfs: Can't update /var/db/mounttab for 10.x.x.x:/releases/5.3-RELEASE
    mount_nfs: /dist: operation not supported by device

    I'm assuming the problem is related to the fact that the jumpstart
    server is running 4.x-RELEASE, while the OS I'm trying to install on the
    target server (and the kernel that's attempting to NFS mount the
    partition) is from the 5.x line and they're fighting over mounttab
    magic.

    Does anybody know if this kind of thing is possible? If so, what did you
    do to enable such a configuration to work? (Would it be possible to
    install both 4.x and 5.x on network-booting clients if the jumpstart
    server was 5.x instead of 4.x as it is now?)

    I'd really like to avoid having to build a second jumpstart server just
    to get 5.x installs working, but I'm afraid it's looking like that's the
    way I'll need to go... Any tips would be most appreciated.

    -Jamie
    Jamie Novak Guest

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    Default Re: multi-version jumpstart

    Jamie Novak wrote:
    > I'm able to get the jumpstart server to export the 5.3-RELEASE partition
    > and pass the GENERIC kernel and install.cfg over to the network-booting
    > machine, but when it comes time to actually NFS mount the install
    > partition on the target server to run the install, it returns an NFS
    > error:
    >
    > mount_nfs -P 10.x.x.x:/releases/5.3-RELEASE/ /dist
    > mount_nfs: Can't update /var/db/mounttab for 10.x.x.x:/releases/5.3-RELEASE
    > mount_nfs: /dist: operation not supported by device
    >
    > I'm assuming the problem is related to the fact that the jumpstart
    > server is running 4.x-RELEASE, while the OS I'm trying to install on the
    > target server (and the kernel that's attempting to NFS mount the
    > partition) is from the 5.x line and they're fighting over mounttab
    > magic.
    No I don't think so. This error has been mentioned also in a previous
    thread yesterday regarding diskless clients.
    > Does anybody know if this kind of thing is possible? If so, what did you
    > do to enable such a configuration to work? (Would it be possible to
    > install both 4.x and 5.x on network-booting clients if the jumpstart
    > server was 5.x instead of 4.x as it is now?)
    I haven't tried with multi-version jumpstart, but I have used memory
    disk fetched with tftp and installed with ftp. Avoids the NFS mess. I
    wrote this into a howto:

    [url]http://www.daemonsecurity.com/pxe/[/url]

    Any feedback is appreciated.

    (When I haven't submitted this yet, it's because I want to cover
    diskless also and I still haven't found good solutions for nfs mount of
    /var and there is a problem with using dhclient.)

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers, Erik

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