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Old 06-22-2015, 02:28 PM   #1
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Setting up Kickstart server RHEL 6.5 for compute nodes, GPU nodes and PHI nodes


Hello all!

I am assigned the daunting task of setting up a RHEL kickstart server for a cluster consisting of some compute nodes, GPU nodes, and Xeon PHI nodes.

I need the kickstart server to be able to assign static IP to each node based on their mac address. The kickstart server also needs to assign the correct hostname during kickstart installation based on the mac address or the static ip address. Any help or suggestion would be appreciated!

Secondly, does anyone know what is the best way to handle the installation image? Since there are regular compute nodes, GPU nodes and PHI nodes. The GPU and PHI nodes need their corresponding driver installed during kickstart. What is the best way to accomplish this? I have never kickstarted installation with GPU or PHI driver installation. Please help!

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Old 06-23-2015, 03:28 PM   #2
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Have you read and studied the redhat documentation on "kickstarter" and on clusters ?

you have a valid license so you have access to the RedHat Knowledgebase .

So login to redhat site ,and do a search .


-- the docs
https://access.redhat.com/documentat...erprise_Linux/

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Old 06-23-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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so you have assess to the RedHat Knowledgebase .
That makes it hard to read.....
 
Old 06-23-2015, 04:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for your suggestions! I have read the docs regarding kickstart. The Redhat clusters docs seem to relate to High availability which I will not need to address.

I have setup kickstart server in the past, however, the DHCP server was just DHCP. It just assigns any ip address to the pxe boot system. The one I am setting up now need ip address specific to node mac address. For this, I see in the docs that I should add host line in my dhcpd.conf file. I should also have 3 images and 3 classes in the dhcpd.conf file, one class for compute node, GPU node and PHI node.

But does anyone know how I would assign specific hostname during the kickstart install?

For example, eth0 mac 00:00:00:aa:aa:aa ipaddr 192.168.10.2 hostname host-0-2

How do I kickstart this to automatically complete installation with host-0-2?

I will have all the system mac addresses + ip addresses + hosnames in a text file.

If anyone has any experience like this in a real deployment situation, please help!

Thanks!

Simon.
 
  


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