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Dmitri,

Did you follow the guide for adding partimage support to xCAT?

https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/VCL/Adding+support+for+partimage+and+partimage-
ng+to+xCAT+2.x+%28unofficial%29

You said you installed the partimage rpm.  partimage is not something that 
needs to be installed on the management node.  It is part of the stateless 
images mentioned on the above page.

Josh

On Tuesday 21 February 2012 4:47:06 PM Dmitri Chebotarov wrote:
> Hi All.
> 
> I'm trying to capture a base image using xCAT module - the server is
> bare-metal CentOS5.7. The process starts OK, able to communicate with the
> node and then fails when trying to create .tmpl file.
> 
> xCAT is installed and configured on the management node.
> partimage rpm is installed as well.
> 
> Do you know what could be the issue?
> 
> Thank you for your help.
> 
> ...
> 2012-02-21 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:capture(827)|nodetype
> modified, node bc1-7, image name centos5image-xcatcentos5v474-v0 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:_create_template(1065)|attempting to
> create tmpl file for image: centos5image-xcatcentos5v474-v0 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:_get_image_template_path(2084)|manage
> ment node identifier argument was not specified
> 2012-02-21 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|
xCAT2.pm:_get_image_template_path(2115)|attempting to determine template path 
for image:
> |12755|275:261|image| image name: centos5image-xcatcentos5v474-v0
> |12755|275:261|image| OS install type: partimage
> |12755|275:261|image| OS source path: image
> |12755|275:261|image| xCAT 2.x OS source path: image
> 
> 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:_get_image_template_path(2123)|return
> ing: /opt/xcat/share/xcat/install/image 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:_get_image_template_path(2084)|manage
> ment node identifier argument was not specified
> 2012-02-21 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|
xCAT2.pm:_get_image_template_path(2115)|attempting to determine template path 
for image:
> |12755|275:261|image| image name: centos5image-xcatcentos5v474-v0
> |12755|275:261|image| OS install type: partimage
> |12755|275:261|image| OS source path: image
> |12755|275:261|image| xCAT 2.x OS source path: image
> 
> 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:_get_image_template_path(2123)|return
> ing: /opt/xcat/share/xcat/install/image 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|DataStructure.pm:get_computer_private_ip_addre
> ss(1557)|returning private IP address previously retrieved: 10.3.1.27
> 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|utils.pm:is_inblockrequest(6164)|zero rows
> were returned from database select 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|DataStructure.pm:get_image_affiliation_name(20
> 35)|image owner id: 1 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|utils.pm:getnewdbh(2710)|database requested
> (information_schema) does not match handle stored in $ENV{dbh}
> (vcl:10.3.1.214) 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|utils.pm:getnewdbh(2761)|database handle
> stored in $ENV{dbh} 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|DataStructure.pm:retrieve_user_data(1352)|atte
> mpting to retrieve and store data for user: user.id = '1' 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|utils.pm:getnewdbh(2710)|database requested
> (vcl) does not match handle stored in $ENV{dbh}
> (information_schema:10.3.1.214) 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|utils.pm:getnewdbh(2761)|database handle
> stored in $ENV{dbh} 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|DataStructure.pm:retrieve_user_data(1415)|data
> has been retrieved for user: admin (id: 1) 2012-02-21
> 16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|utils.pm:mail(1268)|SUCCESS -- Sending mail
> To: dcheb...@gmu.edu, PROBLEM --
> 275:261|image|xCAT2.pm|bc1-7|centos5image-xcatcentos5v474-v0|admin
> |12755|275:261|image| ---- CRITICAL ----
> |12755|275:261|image| 2012-02-21
> |16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:_get_base_template_filename(2170)|f
> |ailed to find suitable base image template file in
> |/opt/xcat/share/xcat/install/image 12755|275:261|image| ( 0) xCAT2.pm,
> |_get_base_template_filename (line: 2170) 12755|275:261|image| (-1)
> |xCAT2.pm, _create_template (line: 1075) 12755|275:261|image| (-2)
> |xCAT2.pm, capture (line: 836)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-3) image.pm, process (line: 162)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-4) vcld, make_new_child (line: 568)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-5) vcld, main (line: 346)
> |12755|275:261|image| ---- WARNING ----
> |12755|275:261|image| 2012-02-21
> |16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:_create_template(1077)|base
> |template filename could not be determined 12755|275:261|image| ( 0)
> |xCAT2.pm, _create_template (line: 1077) 12755|275:261|image| (-1)
> |xCAT2.pm, capture (line: 836)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-2) image.pm, process (line: 162)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-3) vcld, make_new_child (line: 568)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-4) vcld, main (line: 346)
> |12755|275:261|image| ---- WARNING ----
> |12755|275:261|image| 2012-02-21
> |16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|xCAT2.pm:capture(840)|failed to create .tmpl
> |file for centos5image-xcatcentos5v474-v0 12755|275:261|image| ( 0)
> |xCAT2.pm, capture (line: 840)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-1) image.pm, process (line: 162)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-2) vcld, make_new_child (line: 568)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-3) vcld, main (line: 346)
> |12755|275:261|image| ---- WARNING ----
> |12755|275:261|image| 2012-02-21
> |16:22:30|12755|275:261|image|image.pm:process(166)|centos5image-xcatcento
> |s5v474-v0 image failed to be captured by provisioning module
> |12755|275:261|image| ( 0) image.pm, process (line: 166)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-1) vcld, make_new_child (line: 568)
> |12755|275:261|image| (-2) vcld, main (line: 346)
> 
> On Feb 10, 2012, at 11:44 , Aaron Peeler wrote:
> > Yes, we're using the latest xCAT version.
> > 
> > -A
> > 
> > On Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM, Kumar, Amit H. <ahku...@odu.edu> wrote:
> >> Hi Dmitri,
> >> 
> >> We use xCAT 2.5.2; I am not a pro to say if xCAT 2.6.x will work.
> >> May be Aaron and his group could say more.
> >> 
> >> Thank you,
> >> Amit
> >> 
> >>> -----Original Message-----
> >>> From: dcheb...@gmu.edu [mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu]
> >>> Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 11:37 AM
> >>> To: vcl-user@incubator.apache.org
> >>> Subject: Re: VCL and xCat
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> 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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> >>>>>> 
> >>>>>> --
> >>>>>> Aaron Peeler
> >>>>>> Program Manager
> >>>>>> Virtual Computing Lab
> >>>>>> NC State University
> >>>>>> 
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> >>> 
> >>> which
> >>> 
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> >>> 
> >>> Public
> >>> 
> >>>>>> Records Law and may be disclosed to third parties.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> Thank you.
> >>>>> 
> >>>>> -----------------
> >>>>> Dmitri Chebotarov
> >>>>> dcheb...@gmu.edu
> >>>>> 703-993-6175
> >>>>> -----------------
> >>> 
> >>> Thank you.
> >>> 
> >>> -----------------
> >>> Dmitri Chebotarov
> >>> dcheb...@gmu.edu
> >>> 703-993-6175
> >>> -----------------
> 
> Thank you.
> 
> -----------------
> Dmitri Chebotarov
> dcheb...@gmu.edu
> 703-993-6175
> -----------------
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