pxe/nfs boot random failures

Waleed Harbi waleed.harbi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 06:26:17 UTC 2009

Is the server hardware for all of them same model?
If no, check the Ethernet card model are they same?
Could you please give us few lines from syslog, NOT 3 lines like below.

Best Regards,
Waleed Harbi
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On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 7:43 PM, Jimmy Stewpot <mailers at oranged.to> wrote:

> Hello,
> I am currently using some IBM 3850 M2 servers that we have booting from
> PXE to do NFS root stuff like updating firmware etc prior to getting the
> system installed with an operating system.
> Some of these servers install fine and other servers with identical
> configurations fail to install. In each case when it fails to start it
> gets to the following point
> [ 274.004114] NET: Registered protocol family 17
> IP-Config: eth0 hardware address 00:21:5e:36:21:c8 mtu 1500 DHCP RARP
> [ 274.095943] bnx2: eth0: using MSI
> After that it just hangs. I have checked the network and there are no
> request for DHCP or RARP so it appears to be a bug in the ipconfig that
> is included in the initrd images for Hardy, intrepid or Jaunty. This bug
> has been persistent for some time and I've been unable to narrow it down
> to anything specific. I have found other users with debian having
> similar problems specifically around broadcom network cards and FAI.
> however they appear to have no solution either.
> has anyone had this type of problem in the past with other platforms and
> over come it? Any advice would be warmly received.
> Regards,
> Jimmy.
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