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Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

 
Steve Post
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Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

I have been looking around for a bit.

I found that I can make a bootable DVD.

But according to the documents it is enough to recover the system from the ignite network server.

The one I DO NOT HAVE?

 

Hey wait a minute....

In olden times of 2006, I would boot off a tape.

In modern times I boot off another computer?  One I do not have?

The instructions to make a bootable dvd are only good enough to get to a prompt where I wait for an imaginary ignite network server?

 

I have to assume people are out there where they have a computer at a disaster recovery site that does not have a second computer just laying about.  And I cannot afford to overload the network by going to another hpux server in another state to recover the system.

 

Has anyone been in this boat?  And how did you get out of it.

 

 

P.S. this thread has been moved Servers > Integrity Servers to to HP-UX > Ignite UX - HP Forums Moderator

 

 

 

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Torsten.
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Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

It is still possible to backup to tape.

 

You may also consider to use DRD to clone your OS for backup reasons.

 

AFAIR it is possible to backup the server to itself, but you have to exclude the archive directory to prevent a loop.


Hope this helps!
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Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

I've never been much of an Ignite wizard, but a quick look at the manual suggests to me you should be able to create a local golden archive using make_sys_image and then write that to a bootable DVD using make_media_install.

 

I was looking at p183 of the Ignite-UX Admin guide:

 

http://bizsupport2.austin.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c03493387/c03493387.pdf

 

Section entitled "Installation Archive-Based DVD Examples"

 

But I could be missing something - never gone down this route myself...


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Torsten.
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Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

But with a golden image you need to make sure NOT to wipe the system settings.

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rleon
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Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

hi ..

 

I have done this before .. and I think this is the document \ link.

 

If I have time to test .. I will and give you the correct sytax.

 

There is a trick .. you dont need to mess with the server to write the DVD.

The command will generate a full  recovery.iso ..

 

Download it to your PC and burn it as an ISO and there you go.

 

 

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&taskId=120&prodSeriesId=4077173&prodTypeId=18964&objectID=c02828499

Steve Post
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Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

thanks for all the help folks.  I have some reading to do.

 

I saw a document that could make a bootable image,

       http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c01057576

docname was:  c01057576

 

But it did not talk about getting an ignite menu.  And it did not provide an archive image that would be used to restore files.

 

The document said.....fyi..I rewrote it based on what I really did.

1.
mkdir   /drdsk/cdspot
mkdir   /drdsk/ig
cd /drdsk/ig

2. Build the minimal LIF-Header.
  /opt/ignite/lbinia/make_medialif -v -m -r B.11.31 -o IA -l bootlif

3a. Copy the required EFI Partition :
cp /opt/ignite/boot/Rel_B.11.31/EFI_CD_image /drdsk/ig/.

3b. Create the ISO-Image , as follows:
cd /drdsk/ig
/opt/ignite/lbinia/mkisofs -U –D -max-iso9660-filenames -no-emul-boot -b EFI_CD_image
-eltorito-alt-boot -no-emul-boot -b bootlif -o /drdsk/cdspot/iuximage.iso .

3c. Reposition the LIF-Header , as follows:
/opt/ignite/lbinia/instl_combine -C /drdsk/cdspot/iuximage.iso

3d. Burn the ISO-Image to CD/DVD media.
Write the final /drdsk/cdspot/iuximage.iso to a CD or DVD with any burning software.

But the DVD is is only 250 megs.  It is just the boot_lif file.  No archive.  No creation of vg00 scripts.

I'm missing the part where the achive gets made.and gets added to that iso image file.  And it sounds like the responses here will fill that void.

 

thanks again.

 

 

 

hmmmmm...... as I go through the ignite manual.  It says I can make a golden image.  But I need to use the network ignite server (the one that does not exist).  It says if I do not have that, go to page 146.  Page 146 talks about making an image with the tape drive (don't have it), or the DVD burner (don't have it).  And it says if I need info on making the golden image, go BACK to the Golden Image directory.  You know... the chapter that told me to go to page 146.   So I hop between two pages in a pdf where they refer to each other?   .......ACK.

 

I figure I need find the instructions to make a golden image without an ignite network server available.

Then I need to go this page about making a DVD media.  I see when I DO have a golden image I can run the make_media_install script.  The script is supposed to will see I do not have a DVD burner and dump the iso file to the directory given by the -m option.  that's fine by me.  The only problem is this is STEP TWO.   And I can't find STEP ONE.

 

 


 

 

rleon
Regular Advisor

Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

make_media_install makes the cd bootable and the -a will add the archive to the dvd.
 
make_media_install -r B.11.31 -o IA -a goldenarchive.gz -m iso_directory
Steve Post
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Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

yes? that's step TWO.... and the creation of that goldenarchive.gz is step ONE and is missing.
rleon
Regular Advisor

Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

cd /opt/ignite/data/scripts

 

./make_sys_image -d /tmp -s local -n myhost.gz 

 

./make_sys_image -? # for all options

Steve Post
Trusted Contributor

Re: Can I make ignite DVD with only ONE itanium server on the network.

AH... Thank you.