hi Josh, significant progress ... although not fully successful.
and very valuable tip from you!, this helped me quite a lot: "to aid debugging enable remoteshell and removing the /sbin/reboot line at the end" i want to make a note few things here that got me past a little further in capture process, hence might be worth to see if i could have done it better:: - since my primary nic was eth1, i greped-to-replace the extracted files from initrd.img and rootimg.gz with eth1 as the primary nic. - make sure the node or the nodegroup being captured has appropriate entries in the xcat table postscripts.postscripts="syslog,remoteshell,syncfiles" or something similar to suit individual needs. - it might be worth documenting the root password of the rootimg.gz file system, unless one can replaced it with their own and re-create the image, and then login using the root credentials when the capture process fails at any point. worth looking is the /tmp/partimageng.log of stateless image currently booted in. +++ not sure if this makes sense, may be if the remoteshell is setup correctly we may not need this? - i had to add the node being captured to my 'iptables' so that the 'nfs' exports(managemen_node:/install) to write the image at(/install/image/x86) is not blocked by the firewall on management node. - in spite no_root_squash being enabled on management node nfs server, 'root' account of the stateless image did not have the permissions to write the image at /install/image/x86. it is believed that the version of the 'nfs-client' in the stateless image, as i understand has some issues. - workaround is to add the flag 'sec=sys' in the 'mount' command in 'partimageng' script in folder /install/postscripts. - with the above adventure i got to a point where following intermediate files were written to complete the capture process: -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 0 Jun 9 13:18 vcl_rhel_template.img.capturefailed -rw------- 1 root root 849 Jun 9 13:18 vcl_rhel_template.gz.000 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 259 Jun 9 13:24 vcl_rhel_template-sda.sfdisk -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 512 Jun 9 13:24 vcl_rhel_template-sda.mbr -rw------- 1 root root 10485760 Jun 9 13:24 pi43fec6f2.tmp - after few seconds, the '/sbin/partimage' saving the image, fails with a status code 1. attached is the log file /tmp/partimageng.log for additional information. need more of your assistance? regards, prem.