[Beowulf] hp dl170h g6?

Joshua Baker-LePain jlb17 at duke.edu
Tue Jul 6 19:24:38 PDT 2010

On Tue, 6 Jul 2010 at 10:01pm, Michael Di Domenico wrote

> Does anyone on the list have HP DL170h G6 blade chassis's on their
> floor?  Ours came with the on-board NIC mac addresses programmed in
> descending order, I'm curious if this is something new, I've never
> seen this done before.  Every machine we have on the floor now has
> them in ascending order.
> The downside to the nic enumeration is that in bios eth0 is eth0 and
> pxe's from eth0, however, when inside anaconda (redhat) eth0 is really
> eth1, and thus kickstart cant run.  The only time i've seen this
> happen is when the nic drivers load out of order, but that's easy to
> fix in the initrd

I demoed the a chassis full of the HP SL2x170z G6s, and they had the same 
problem -- BIOS/PXE eth0 became eth1 in anaconda.  I worked around it by 
passing anaconda "ksdevice=bootif" in the pxe config file.  But, yeah, 
it's annoying having to work around oddness like that.  I'm looking at 
that model or the DL160 G6 (standard 1U), and I imagine the 160 will have 
the same issue.

> Does anyone know if this is firmware flash fixable?  HP refuses to
> acknowledge the question...

And, if it is, how many person-years will it take to find said firmware 
flash file on HP's website (seriously, how broken is that site!?)?

Joshua Baker-LePain
QB3 Shared Cluster Sysadmin

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