Installing RHEL5 via DRAC

Keith Beeby k.beeby at
Fri Mar 12 11:09:27 CST 2010


I'm just installing RHEL v5.4 DVD iso image via DRAC (Virtual CD) on my Dell R610 and DRAC 6 so many a DRAC 5 issue?


On 12 Mar 2010, at 16:22, Stroller wrote:

> On 10 Mar 2010, at 15:06, Brian O'Mahony wrote:
>> I am installing a machine in a remote location, using a DRAC. I have  
>> the iso on a local fileserver and am mounting the DVD via a windows  
>> workstation, located at the remote location, that I am connecting to  
>> via RDP.
>> I have disabled all boot options other than VirtualCD in the BIOS. I  
>> have the network cables unplugged, except the DRAC.
>> The machine boots from the DRAC ti the RHEL install setup. It asks  
>> me for Language, then Keyboard, then it comes up with:
>> Installation Method
>> Local CDROM
>> Hard Drive
>> NFS Image
>> FTP
>> But none of these seem to work (I know that with the NICs  
>> disconnected the NFS & FTP wouldn't work).
>> Even though the DRAC is booting from the DVD and can see it, does it  
>> need to also have network access to see the iso?
> Mentioning your use of RDP is irrelevant. It only confused me.
> If you're using the DRAC to mount the .iso image as "virtual media"  
> and boot the system that way, then it should be seen as a local drive  
> to the host machine. I fear other responses may be clupea rubra.
> Try it with an XP CD or another distro - E.G. systemrescueCD. The  
> virtual media drive should appear as /dev/sr0 or something.
> Here's a system booted on the virtual media of an iDRAC6:
> root at sysresccd /root % ls -l /dev/disk/by-id/usb- 
> iDRAC_Virtual_CD_20080519-0:0
> lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-03-11 18:56 /dev/disk/by-id/usb- 
> iDRAC_Virtual_CD_20080519-0:0 -> ../../sr1
> root at sysresccd /root %
> Stroller.
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