Thank you. 

What version of xCat do you use? Since VCL supports xCat 2.x, is it safe to use 
latest xCat 2.6.10? Thanks.

On Feb 10, 2012, at 11:27 , Kumar, Amit H. wrote:

> Hi Dmitri,
> 
> SUMAVI link that you have is a real good one, I blindly followed it and then 
> slowly things started to make more sense once it worked.
> Also xCAT forum was very helpful. 
> 
> Thank you,
> Amit
> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: dcheb...@gmu.edu [mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu]
>> Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 10:15 AM
>> To: vcl-user@incubator.apache.org; aaron_pee...@ncsu.edu
>> Subject: Re: VCL and xCat
>> 
>> 
>> Thank you, I hope we can make it work in our environment as well...
>> 
>> I keep searching and reading xCat docs - here is good one ->
>> http://sumavi.com/books/xcat-administrators-guide.
>> BTW, if you have any docs outside of xcat.org site, please share... At
>> this point I'm looking for xCat overview docs, i.e. to understand the
>> process.
>> 
>> Looks like xCat makes extensive use of DHCP server to manage nodes. Are
>> you using different DHCPd servers for VCL VMs and xCat nodes, or just
>> keep everything on one DHCP server and being careful with which MAC
>> gets what?
>> 
>> Thanks again for your help...
>> 
>> On Feb 10, 2012, at 9:30 , Aaron Peeler wrote:
>> 
>>> Dmitri,
>>> 
>>> Just to add to Amit, comments.
>>> 
>>> We use xCAT extensively here at ncsu. From provisioning end-user
>>> desktops and our hypervisors. xCAT very helpful when needed to
>> install
>>> a chassis full of blades with esxi.
>>> 
>>> As your installing xCAT  You'll want to review
>>> https://cwiki.apache.org/VCL/adding-support-for-partimage-and-
>> partimag
>>> e-ng-to-xcat-2x-unofficial.html We added in VCL support for partimage
>>> - which is used to capture the disk images of end-user
>>> environments/desktops for windows and linux.
>>> 
>>> When your adding nodes to vcl through the manage computers tool, make
>>> sure to choose "xCAT 2.x" .  If your doing windows bare-metal, you'll
>>> also need to include sysprep and related mass storage drivers so it
>>> can be reloaded successfully.
>>> 
>>> For sysprep review step 8 on this page:
>>> 
>> https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/VCL/VCL+2.2.1+Management+N
>>> ode+Installation
>>> 
>>> Hope this info helps,
>>> Aaron
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM, Dmitri Chebotarov <dcheb...@gmu.edu>
>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Amit,
>>>> 
>>>> Thanks a lot.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> On Feb 9, 2012, at 15:57 , Kumar, Amit H. wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Hi Dmitri,
>>>>> 
>>>>> You general idea is correct to my best understanding.
>>>>> 
>>>>> "Install Path" in the Edit management Node will be the path for
>> xCAT(bare metal) image repository. In addition when you configure the
>> "Site" table in xCAT you will set the "installdir" to point to the
>> location where you will store your images.
>>>>> 
>>>>> We have IBM E Blade Chassis with HS22 blade servers.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Best,
>>>>> Amit
>>>>> 
>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>> From: dcheb...@gmu.edu [mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu]
>>>>>> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 3:44 PM
>>>>>> To: vcl-user@incubator.apache.org
>>>>>> Subject: Re: VCL and xCat
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Amit,
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> I'm trying to get general idea about xCat/VCL : so, basically xCat
>>>>>> needs to be installed and configured on VCL Mgm node(s) before it
>>>>>> can be used with VCL, and I should be able to successfully
>>>>>> provision xCat nodes/clients with different images. Once xCat is
>>>>>> working then I can add bare-metal computers - blade with xCat 2.x
>>>>>> engine. Does it sound right?
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> How do you tell VCL where to get image files for xCat nodes - is
>> it
>>>>>> 'Install Path' setting under Management Nodes -> Edit management
>>>>>> node information?
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> What kind of hardware do you have for xCat nodes? Are those IBM
>>>>>> blade servers or/and PCs?
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Thanks.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> On Feb 9, 2012, at 15:16 , Kumar, Amit H. wrote:
>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> We do not need an additional/dedicated server to do both xCAT and
>>>>>>> VCL
>>>>>> together, your management node can serve as your xCAT server.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> I would recommend getting xCAT to work by itself before using VCL
>>>>>>> to
>>>>>> manage your images and guest OS.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> This has worked well for us so far.
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> :Amit
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>>> From: dcheb...@gmu.edu [mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu]
>>>>>>>> Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2012 3:03 PM
>>>>>>>> To: vcl-user@incubator.apache.org
>>>>>>>> Subject: VCL and xCat
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Hi All
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Anyone is using xCat with VCL?
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> I have generic question about xCat and VCL - where do I start?
>>>>>>>> Do I need working xCat environment before I can add it to VCL?
>>>>>>>> Does xCat need dedicated server? Or does it run on the VCL
>>>>>> management
>>>>>>>> node?
>>>>>>>> Are there any special hardware requirements for xCat "clients"?
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> Thank you.
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Thank you.
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> -----------------
>>>>>> Dmitri Chebotarov
>>>>>> dcheb...@gmu.edu
>>>>>> 703-993-6175
>>>>>> -----------------
>>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> Thank you.
>>>> 
>>>> -----------------
>>>> Dmitri Chebotarov
>>>> dcheb...@gmu.edu
>>>> 703-993-6175
>>>> -----------------
>>>> 
>>>> 
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>>> 
>>> 
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>>> Aaron Peeler
>>> Program Manager
>>> Virtual Computing Lab
>>> NC State University
>>> 
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>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Thank you.
>> 
>> -----------------
>> Dmitri Chebotarov
>> dcheb...@gmu.edu
>> 703-993-6175
>> -----------------
>> 
> 




Thank you.

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703-993-6175
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