pe2950 Utility Node Install

Have a pe2950 with 2x 250GB drive and 4x 750 GB drives. Want to set it up to support a variety of cluster services including running ROCKS frontend in VMware.

SLC45 Install

Installing from a DVD of the distro. Here's the kickstart file produced by the installer anaconda-ks.cfg

Some settings used:

  • Selected Custom Install
  • sda:
    • sda1 /boot 250MB
    • sda2 / 20GB
    • sda3 swap 8GB
    • sda4 LVM vg_sys 210GB
      • lv_var 10GB
  • eth0 with private ip
  • eth1 with public ip (in for now)
  • enabled firewall with ssh and afs client allowed
  • selinux warn
  • no extra languages
  • detroit / UTC for clock
  • pick your packages


  • yum update runs before I can stop it frown, sad smile (this stinks, about 30 minutes for update)
  • firstboot config comes up
    • X11
    • De-select CERN customizations

Post-install config

  • set default run-level to 3
  • erase sendmail rpm (postfix becomes mta)
  • setup LVM on RAID5 array -> 2TB
    • make gpt label using parted
    • make on partition and one LVM pv on it
    • make one volume group vg_raid on it

Install VMware. See VMwareMain

Duplicate This Setup

Use the kickstart script to install another node with this config.

Edit the kickstart file to fix the IP addresses and put it somewhere where it can be downloaded via the web. Start installer from the DVD and give the following command at the grub command line to get going using the kickstart file:


-- TomRockwell - 06 Nov 2007
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
anaconda-ks.cfgcfg anaconda-ks.cfg manage 2 K 07 Nov 2007 - 02:49 TomRockwell Auto generated kickstart file from samtest6 install
Topic revision: r10 - 16 Oct 2009, TomRockwell
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