John,  

I got the link and I think I'm making some good progress. Also found this tread 
on the maillist 
(http://markmail.org/message/lotx3l34co6yv5nf?q=partimageng%2Epm#query:partimageng.pm+page:1+mid:lthvtrde7radude3+state:results)
 where you helped Prem, which is very helpful. 

Thank you 

-- 
Dmitri Chebotarov


On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 14:12 , Josh Thompson wrote:

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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 (mailto: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 
> > > (mailto: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 
> > > > > (mailto: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 
> > > > > > > (mailto:vcl-user@incubator.apache.org); aaron_pee...@ncsu.edu 
> > > > > > > (mailto: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 (http://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 (mailto: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 
> > > > > > > > > > > (mailto: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 
> > > > > > > > > > > > > (mailto: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 (mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu)
> > > > > > > > > > > 703-993-6175
> > > > > > > > > > > -----------------
> > > > > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > > > Thank you.
> > > > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > > > -----------------
> > > > > > > > > Dmitri Chebotarov
> > > > > > > > > dcheb...@gmu.edu (mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu)
> > > > > > > > > 703-993-6175
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> > > > > > > > --
> > > > > > > > Aaron Peeler
> > > > > > > > Program Manager
> > > > > > > > Virtual Computing Lab
> > > > > > > > NC State University
> > > > > > > > 
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> > > > > 
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> > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > Thank you.
> > > > > > > 
> > > > > > > -----------------
> > > > > > > Dmitri Chebotarov
> > > > > > > dcheb...@gmu.edu (mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu)
> > > > > > > 703-993-6175
> > > > > > > -----------------
> > > > > > 
> > > > > 
> > > > > 
> > > > > 
> > > > > Thank you.
> > > > > 
> > > > > -----------------
> > > > > Dmitri Chebotarov
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> > Thank you.
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> > -----------------
> > Dmitri Chebotarov
> > dcheb...@gmu.edu (mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu)
> > 703-993-6175
> > -----------------
> 
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