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Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Robert Toth
Advisor

Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Hi all,

Having a major pain in the butt with getting XenServer up and running on this combination.

I've found the suggested work-around (adding the 'pci=nommconf' to the boot string on both the boot.gz and vmlinuz parameter sets) but it still won't go. It takes forever at detecting devices, then finally gets to the first setup menu where the keyboard input is non-responsive. I've tried this both using VC and a local console - same issue.

I've managed to get it running on one BL460-G6, after updating the firmware to the June release for it. Did exactly the same thing on this one, yet it won't go. So can somebody please tell me what are the things I am missing here? Anything, like minimum firmware releases, extra boot parameters? This XenServer is certified on this platform, and there is next to nothing saying if anything special is needed to get it going (meaning it doesn't, I guess). So I'm stumped.

If it's important, I am installing to an Internal 4GB HP High-Speed USB key, so that my local drives are free for VM's. It's also attached to a 4100 SAN for extra storage if needed.

Thanks.
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Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

hi,

why you are using Xen server from HP ???

in my case i always, install it directly from the wendor CITRIX XEN server, there are more updates as in HP, and on the suport forums is really lot of tips and advices.

mikap
Robert Toth
Advisor

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Why? because it's a no-brainer... all the HP agents are installed, the PVC is activated, all supported by one place - on both HW & SW so doesn't matter what goes wrong, I can get help for it - even if I'm not the one doing the fixing. Not that I need to justify my selection to anyone either, except to my employer...

Still in the process of figuring out how to get the license registered for support tho, which is why I came here in the meanwhile looking for some help.

I have to say that answer of yours wasn't too helpful. Would you happen to have any actual helpful hints on my issue here?

Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

hi,

Not that I need to justify my selection to anyone either, except to my employer...

= yes you have right, i just tell you my opinion, about this solution, so please don't be angry.

sorry again for my answer.

mikap
Robert Toth
Advisor

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Michal,

I apologize for my short answer. I'm under a lot of pressure to get this done at the moment, and it came out wrong.

Thanks for your opinion - I'm just in need of helpful suggestions or answers for my situation at the moment.

Regards,
Robert
Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

I just loaded on a BL465c G6 and it loaded fine. If I can get access to a BL460 G6 today I'll see what happens. On thing I've seen lately on a few new systems is for whatever reason the console output switches over to the serial port during the installation. The first time I saw this, the console appeared unresponsive as your describing. I just happened to launch VSP, I hit a key to see what would happen and was able to finish the installation over the VSP session.

I've never been able to root cause the issue as it is hard to reproduce.




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Robert Toth
Advisor

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Michal:

Thanks for the suggestions and the links. I've actually already seen those two articles, as well as about 12 others and I have tried every variation of the 'pci=nommconf', 'noapic', 'acpi=off', etc that I could think of, as well as a few others. This particular blade is just being stubborn.

Jimmy:

Now THAT'S an interesting idea, and one I hadn't thought of. If you do get a chance, please do let me know.

What I've done is use a BL465 G1 and loaded up the installation to the USB key. The BL465-G1 works just fine for the installation using defaults. Then I stopped at the reboot, took the freshly minted key from the 465, and placed it into the 460-G6 and let it reboot. Voila. No problem at all - came right up, self-configured itself, and now it's up and running as it should.

So whatever difference there is between the installation kernel and the HP OEM kernel resolves the main functional problem - just need to figure out what that is so we can back-port it to the install kernel.

In any case, I'm going to create a few spare keys with the 5.5.0 installation using the BL465 (seeing as the install works on that one), and my next deployments should go without a hitch. I've even got a few DL360 G6's coming in the next couple of weeks, I can try the same process on them. I'll report back on the findings at that point.

Thanks to both of you for the input. I'll be awarding points for the help shortly - just going to try a couple of additional things first to close out this request.

Rgds,
Robert
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

I was able to test on a BL460c G6

I'm loading HP XenServer 5.5.0 via PXE boot, but that shouldn't matter.

When the system initially loads it appears to stop and the last line displayed on the screen is Freeing unused kernel memory

After about a 3 - 4 minute wait the Select Keymap screen finally appears.

If you have the virtual serial port (VSP) running from iLO when you boot the system, after the Freeing Unused Kernel Memory displays, you then see

Init started: BusyBox v1.71
Detecting Hardware..

Again it takes 3 or 4 minutes before you get the Select Keymap screen


The hardware detection did not take as long on the BL465c G6, but I have seen the hardware detection take this long on the BL490c G6

System specs
BL460c G6
ROM date 7/25/09
iLO2 version 1.78
2 Quad Core Xeon
49 Gb RAM

Citrix/HP Build 15119p





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Robert Toth
Advisor

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Hi Jimmy,

Thanks for the info. This is proving most helpful. I should update my situation a bit further.

I have the same specs (BIOS rev, ILO rev) with a single quad-core 12GB 460-G6.

And I did try waiting - and as you said, it does eventually get to the keymap screen. But it won't take any input. It's either not recognizing the keyboard directly, nor from VC.

The only thing I haven't yet tried is what you suggested earlier - using the virtual serial console port.

This is why I was trying to use the 'pci-nommconf' parameter - get rid of the PCI bus evaluation process, and just use the BIOS stored values to proceed. But this one Blade ain't working.

Maybe I should try turning off the serial console altogether as a test, forcing it to use a single source input only, or whatever. The console works up to the detection point, that much I know - I can reconfigure to my hearts content. And it works post-install in Xen, so whatever is locking it out during the install can definitely be avoided...
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Are you using the dongle plugged into the front of the server, or are you using remote console in iLO? The testing I did this morning was all via remote console. I won't be in the lab until Friday.



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Robert Toth
Advisor

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Hi Jimmy,

Sorry for the delay - ran into a bunch of other items on the daily "to-do" list that needed to get done in a hurry.

To answer your question, it was BOTH ways. Doesn't matter how much I tried to boot up, it just stopped taking keyboard input. Really strange.

Anyways - I got around it by using a BL465-G1 (I have 5 of those). I simply ran the install to the internal USB key up to the point of it wanting to reboot to begin the configuration process.

At that point, power down - extract the key and placed it into the BL460-G6. Came up a treat - no problems at all. It self-configured and all is well. I did have an issue getting the G6 into the resource pool I created from the first G6 - it kept on telling me the processor type was different (I checked, it's identical right down to the stepping - as it should, as I had ordered and received 3 identical G6's for this). So I inserted the blade into the pool using the CLI xe command to force it (knowing that it was the same), and it's been running fine ever since.

All of this to say - something about the installer kernel isn't happy with the latest hardware - regardless of whatever switches you use. But the primary O/S kernel with the HP agents, etc pre-installed works just fine with standard settings. Which, BTW: is the identical image load you'd receive on the key if you ordered it that way as well, and it would work right out of the box in that case.

So if someone with a little more free time, and the requisite sources could look into this, and get the installation kernel fixed up to match the main one - we'd have a much easier and simpler out-of-the-box installation that works.

Jimmy, thanks again for the input. Points awarded for your valuable assistance.

Brgds,
Robert
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Glad you finally got it all working. I loaded both the retail version From Citrix, and the HP version of 5.5 on both the BL460 G6 and the BL465 G6. Other than the few minute pause while it figures out the hardware I was able to install with no problems. I installed on both 2 ways, usaing iLO remote console, and also using VSP. I never ran into your unresponsive keyboard issue.

The only difference is I'm installing to a hard drive instead of the USB key.




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NSN SyVe Team PT
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Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Hi there,

I have a simillar problem.
A colleague mine, have try out Citrix XenServer on some Dell Workstations, but since i am the architecture admin, i have provided a solution with 3 BL465 G6, which one with 48GB RAM(6x 8GB)DDR2 - 1066, 2x CPU OPT 2435, the internal SA E200i with 128MB BBC, and for external SA P700m with 512MB connected to a MSA2312sa.

First issue: PVC, almost have anythng, neither ACU;

Second issue: i have already the xencenter on a DL360 G6, a pool, the 3 machines, the storage link see the hypervisor servers but none is seeing the p700 as hba, neither msa storage.

Explaining: i am able to create a SR (by cli only) as shared and connected to the 3 hosts, but them no HA;
multipath doesn't put c0d1 and c0d3 as same lun (device by-id is only showing the active points, however the msa is using ULP active-active);

The worst: material arrival at 27th à pril, however, they are refusing giving to me support cause for some reason, we don't have yet the SAID, if tomorrow, i don't get this to work, as i am at Portugal, we will return all equipment.
NSN SyVe Team PT
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Re: Installing XenServer-HP V5.5.0 Edition on BL460-G6

Multipath / High - Availability issues as been solved by myself:

- 1st Workaround -> See release notes about HPDMmultipath-4.4.0; copy the device list to a none blacklisted device on multipath.conf (some changes has been applied);

- 2nd Workaround -> since i was not able to install package (all the time saying read-only filesystem), copy the hp_scsi_id binary from bin folder, from the tar.gz of HPDMmultipath-4.4.0 (27th April 2010), rename it, and put on a folder with permissions (in this case i see that the compatible one is the binary hp_scsi_id.rhel5.i386).

Use this commands: (on cli is where only possible to create a SR with type LVM / LVMOHBA / LVMOISCSI).

xe sr-create type=lvmohba content-type=user shared=true name-label=LunHA device-config:SCSIid=3600c0ff000da81d20f78e54b01000000

it will return an uuid, in this case this value e89d174f-a229-0be9-3c37-76d710182f0d

xe sr-param-set shared=true uuid=e89d174f-a229-0be9-3c37-76d710182f0d


INFO FROM MULTIPATH.CONF

device
{
vendor "HP"
product "MSA2012sa|MSA2312sa|MSA2324sa"
getuid_callout "/root/hp_scsi_id -g -u -n -s /block/%n"
hardware_handler "0"
path_selector "round-robin 0"
failback immediate
rr_weight uniform
rr_min_io 100
path_checker tur
}



multipath -ll
3600c0ff000da81d22578e54b01000000dm-3 HP,MSA2312sa
[size=3.5T][features=0][hwhandler=0]
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=1][enabled]
\_ #:#:#:# cciss!c0d1 104:16 [active][ready]
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=1][enabled]
\_ #:#:#:# cciss!c0d3 104:48 [active][ready]
3600c0ff000da81d20f78e54b01000000dm-1 HP,MSA2312sa
[size=116G][features=0][hwhandler=0]
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=1][enabled]
\_ #:#:#:# cciss!c0d0 104:0 [active][ready]
\_ round-robin 0 [prio=1][enabled]
\_ #:#:#:# cciss!c0d2 104:32 [active][ready]