[Beowulf] recommendation on crash cart for a cluster room: fullcluster KVM is not an option I suppose?

Rahul Nabar rpnabar at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 18:10:58 EDT 2009

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 5:01 PM, Mark Hahn <hahn at mcmaster.ca> wrote:
>> Even with IPMI, you still need a crash cart of some type to initially
>> set up IPMI in the system's BIOS. At the minimum, you need to set the IP
>> address that the IMPI interface will listen on (if it's a shared NIC
> afaik, not really.  here's what I prefer: cluster nodes normally come out of
> the box with BIOS configured to try booting over the net before local HD.
> sometimes this is conditional on the local HD having no active partition.

Thanks Mark. I am getting more and more of the feeling that if I
cannot make a node behave and present a usable command line via PXE it
is likely so far gone that a trip to the server room is inevitible and
IPMI is unlikely to save the day. But that's just my workflow.


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