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dans 2003-08-23 23:48

Diskless client setup?
 
I have a number of clients that I am running Prime95 on and I would like to move to a headless/diskless/server setup to save on noise (of all things) the power savings will be an additional bonus.

All of my clients are Biostar M7VKQ motherboards wtih PXE on the onboard NIC, in an ideal setup the process would be something like this:
1. DHCP address resolution
2. PXE boot
3. Load OS (Linux or Windows, I'm not picky)
4. Map network share back to server
5. Start the appropriate Mprime client from the server

All of these steps need to take place without any user imput so that recoving from a power outage would be automatic.

I have both Mandrake linux and a Win2k (AS) server running, so I can mix and match tools as needed.

I've been playing around with Thinstation [url]http://sourceforge.net/projects/thinstation/[/url] and have it up and running
but it is only a TS client, so the bits run on the Server, which doesn't suite my needs at all.

In the process of getting Thinstation up and running I've learned a bit about Tftpd and Rom-o-matic which gets me to the point of booting a client from the network, but it still requires a FDD as I haven't had time to setup a PXE server.

So, finally, the question: Has recently setup GIMPS as a headless, diskless, client/server setup? I've found the prior work in the "Prime Monster" setup and a variety of artilces related to SETI but it appears that technology has outstriped some of their solutions and I'd like an easier/simpler implementation.

BTW, should this be posed in the "Hardware" or "Software" forum? :)

Many thanks,
-Dan

QuintLeo 2003-08-24 02:24

I think you're looking for something closer to the "Linux Terminal Project" setup as a base.

The question is one of those "it's both a hardware AND a software questions" things, IMO - it takes specific hardware support (boot from LAN capability) to run diskless, but also takes certain OS software configuration setup(s) to work.

I've seen commentary around the Net somewhere that your M7VKQ is a good board to use in a diskless setup.

Lumly 2003-08-24 09:26

Check out this thread about hard drive noise and reducing heat...

http://www.mersenneforum.org/viewtopic.php?t=11


... as an alternative to going diskless.

Prime Monster 2003-08-26 22:55

I am currently running 24 headless / diskless nodes using this [url=http://ws9.jobnegotiator.com/html/netboot.html]setup[/url].

heretic

IronBits 2003-09-15 16:04

I have 10 nodes, using pretty much the same thing, with Biostar M7VIQ.
The onboard video/PXE NIC is great. xp2400 processors
I also run two of them off one 400 watt power supply :razz:

There is no way to telnet or ssh into the nodes to remotly boot them yet.
But, everything else works great :grin:
I did it using Mandrake 9.1 ...


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