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Old 11-22-2006, 05:02 PM   #1
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RHEL 4/VMWare/Kickstart initrd woes...

Hey guys. It's been a while since I've been here - happy to be back.

I've got a really odd problem, I'm hoping someone can shed some light...

I am attempting to load RHEL4 Rel. 3 onto a VMWare Virtual Machine. It's not going as I had hoped. I've learned from some research that RedHat opted not to include support for the VMWare emulated SCSI controller into RHEL4.

So, my main issue is that, once pxebooted, Kickstart fails as it is unable to find the drive referrenced in the ks.cfg file to create partitions.

I figure, no problem, it's just missing the driver. I found the rpm VMWare is providing with the BusLogic driver, extracted the module, took apart the initrd that is used to boot with the kernel via PXE, and stuck it in there.

Using the pci mapping from a VMWare friendly initrd for RHEL3, I inserted the necc. entries into module-info. pcitable, and modules.dep. Repacked the initrd, and proceeded to try to Kickstart the machine.

When I did that, I was able to pxeboot, however, the machine was unable to use the network card - much like it will behave if you use a vmxnet card instead of vmlance. I chose English, the kb map, and was prompted for the install images location. Just for fun, I chose the HDD - and was prompted again for the driver. I chose the BusLogic entry I had created, and it failed. Switching VTY's, I see that it "can't find module" buslogic.

My questions are as follows:

What could I have screwed up/missed when adding this module to the initrd that I would not be able to use it?

How is it that I was able to use the network card with the original initrd, but now, the new one with the buslogic driver, cannot?

Note that I did check pcitable for any conflicts with what I added, thinking that may cause the loss of network, and there was none...

TIA for any help...

Old 11-24-2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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