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ignite boot suddenly stops working

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ignite boot suddenly stops working

i have had a running ignite server for 2 years, it suddenly getting an error and i cant get it to boot. I have checked tftp and it works, the nbp.efi is configured... but i am still getting  the following errors


Retrieving File Size
PXE-E18: Timeout.  Server did not respond.
Exit status code: Invalid Parameter


please let me know if anyone has any ideas or what to check next.



hpux 11vi3, on a blade server patched to march 2012

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Re: ignite boot suddenly stops working

Do you use dbprofile on the client?


Otherwise there could be another PXE server on the network?

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Re: ignite boot suddenly stops working

yes we do use dbprofile when i am at the isl command is the output for instl -d, i have also done a tftp from one server to another server.


 instl_adm -d
# instl_adm defaults:
# NOTE: Manual additions between the lines containing "instl_adm defaults"
#       and "end instl_adm defaults" will not be preserved.
# end instl_adm defaults.

Sanjay Yugal Kishore Ha
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Re: ignite boot suddenly stops working

From an alternate HP-UX client, try the bootpquery to the intended Ignite-UX server. If you get a positive response, it will rule out bootp related challenges at the Ignite-UX server.


Next, check in your Ignite-UX server's /etc/bootptab file, if you have the MAC address of the client that is receiving the PXE-boot errors.




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