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Old 27th January 2009, 12:57
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Default Systemimager Error When Autoinstall

I have installed Systemimager server and created a gloden client image successfully. However, I try to roll out a new machine (same model and spec as golden client), using the boot autoinstall CD, everything goes well until the part when it started the LVM initialiazation. Then it failed with some errors. I can try copying down the actually error if required.

Below is the output of the partitions of the golden client machine

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[root@client ~]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 71.9 GB, 71999422464 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 8753 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0001f610

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 25 200781 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 26 8753 70107660 8e Linux LVM
Not sure if this could be a factor but both the golden client machine and the new client machine are DELL servers with hardware RAID running RAID1. FYI, both the golden client and systemimager server are running Fedora 10 (x86_64)

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 28th January 2009, 18:05
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Do you remember the exact error message?
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Old 28th January 2009, 23:34
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Do you remember the exact error message?
I've looked at the autoinstall script and the error occurs when it ran the following command

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modprobe dm-mod
which returns an error

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module dm-mod not found
After that, it tried to initialize the LVM using pvcreate which gives the following error

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Device /dev/sda2 not found (or ignored by filtering)
After the 2nd error, it stop all process and shows the GUI telling me the autoinstall has failed. I googled somewhere that the script could not find the dm-mod module to map the drive which in turn cause errors when initializing the LVM, but then what do I know. Anyway, hope you can help me with this.

I have tried other possible solutions, eg. CloneZilla, Ghost4Linux, etc... but always had problems with installations.

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Old 29th January 2009, 16:36
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Default Support For LVM Partition Type 8e

I was looking at other solutions and found that most of them have issues with LVM partition type 8e. Not really sure what that means but could this be the cause?

If so, is there a fix?

I am also looking at PartImage. Maybe someone *hint* could write a step-by-step howto on how to install PartImage on Fedora 10 preferably on a 64bit as most CPUs now support 64Bit.

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I was looking at other solutions and found that most of them have issues with LVM partition type 8e. Not really sure what that means but could this be the cause?

If so, is there a fix?
I guess that all the imaging solutions you tried don't come with LVM support...
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I guess that all the imaging solutions you tried don't come with LVM support...
I'm not very familiar with Linux filesystem or partition, so I can't really say. All I know is that most other disk/partition clone solutions do have issues with LVM patition 8e but according to http://swik.net/systemimager, SystemImager 4.1.4 fixed that but can't be sure. I really hope you can help sort this out for me. Thanks.
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I really hope you can help sort this out for me. Thanks.
I don't think I can do much about this...
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I don't think I can do much about this...
OK. Thanks anyway falko. I am now trying to use Systemimager 4.1.6 (Unstable) and see if this LVM issue is fixed in this version.

Falko, are you familiar with Partimage? I managed to get that to work until the part where you get to the GUI to select the partition/disk to image and save to external server. Partimage cannot recognise the same partition, ie. /dev/sda2

Or are you able to recommend me any alternatives to SystemImager that supports LVM2.
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Falko, are you familiar with Partimage? I managed to get that to work until the part where you get to the GUI to select the partition/disk to image and save to external server. Partimage cannot recognise the same partition, ie. /dev/sda2
I last used it a few yeas ago - I might try it again and write a tutorial.

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Or are you able to recommend me any alternatives to SystemImager that supports LVM2.
If CloneZilla and Ghost4Linux aren't working for you, then no.
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