Booting with iDRAC6 VFlash - Linux Live CD or similar
stroller at stellar.eclipse.co.uk
Mon Mar 8 08:00:14 CST 2010
On 8 Mar 2010, at 13:06, Rainer M. Canavan wrote:
> I'm not sure about CD ISOs, but hard drive or floppy images work for
> me ...
Oh, that's great. It's easy to make a hard-drive image, although the
256meg size restriction could be a pain. But surely a hard-drive image
would use GRUB or similar. Is this appropriate?
> as long as the DRAC is not broken - mine probably is because I can't
> currently format or attach it and it does not ...
Yes, indeed. My experience has been similar.
We had a problem with the SD card supplied by Dell. It was shown as
not fitted in the SD card slot - this was slightly intermittent, and
it reappeared a couple of times, but after replacing it with a 4gig
SanDisk the card has stayed consistently usable.
This is a bit of a pain, as 512meg size virtual partitions are only
permitted on Dell's own-branded SD cards. The supplied SD card looks
quite cheap & nasty (although, to be fair, don't they all?), the
system shows this problem out of the box and the first thing support
does is ask us to replace the card. :/
> appear in the boot menu
> or as a USB block device in an OS.
Should is appear as a block device in the o/s?
In this case it should be easy to follow the instructions I posted in
my last message, creating a bootable USB key image from the System
In searching for "diskboot.img", Red Hat / Fedora is / are the first
distros which are mentioned. But it seems they consider it obsolete -
I can find Fedora 8 / 2006 prepared diskboot.img images  but
otherwise it seems to have been replaced by a different method. 
I've kinda got hints a couple of times that the iDRAC6's VFlash should
appear to the system as a USB flash memory drive, but this is by no
means made clear.
>> Resorting to the manual - something I've never had to do in 4 years
>> with a DRAC4 - I find references to Red Hat diskboot.img files 
>> I really not clear what that is. ...
> It's far from clear and the Dell's support was unable to even tell
> me what VFlash can be used for, even when pointed at the relevant
> in the DRAC6 manual.
Yeah, I have one of their Indian support guys very confused with my
request for clarification on this matter. . He's clearly never used
this himself, and may not have even been trained on it. He seems to be
delayed by attempts to contact his tier 2 mentor, and he suggests
using the option in the viewer window (Tools Menu -> Virtual CD -> Add
Image -> Show local ISO from local desktop/laptop and attach). This is
obviously not the same thing
>> Has anyone got any good solutions to this, please? Is there
>> anywhere I
>> can find .img files that actually work with the iDRAC6?
>> (Yes, I do have the "Enterprise" model, BTW).
> I'd recommend TinyCore Linux.
> It's small enough to fit on the 16MB Virtual Flash of the
> DRAC5s with enough space left to install a few extra packages.
> It does not include any of the the MegaRAID drivers. so you'll
> have to reconfigure and recompile the kernel, or you could
> just use my image:
> If DRAC6s are your only concern, you could use the "small version
> of GRML, which should be around 100MB:
Many thanks indeed! I will take a look at these this evening.
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