Thank you for all your help. xCAT / VCL is working OK with both 'image' and 
'kickstart' provisioning.

There is a small issue with xCAT2.pm going tru install stages when deploying 
kickstart image. xCAT2.m uses listener.py to get status, but kickstart image 
doesn't have it. 
Earlier I've added a custom script 'vcl_nodestat' to read from remote socket 
created by listener.py. 
Here is updated version of 'vcl_nodestat', adjusted to get status from xCAT for 
kickstart install. It seems to working OK. 

<code perl>
#!/usr/bin/perl -w

use strict;
use IO::Socket;
my ($remote, $answer, $peerAddress, $peerPort, 
$sendCommand,$installType,$XCAT_ROOT);

$peerAddress = $ARGV[0];
$peerPort = 3001;
$sendCommand = $ARGV[1];

$XCAT_ROOT = '/opt/xcat';

#get install type via: tabdump -w node==node nodetype|tail -1|awk -F, {'print 
$2'}
#get current status for non-image install via: tabdump -w node==node chain|tail 
-1|awk -F, {'print $2'}

$installType = `$XCAT_ROOT/sbin/tabdump -w node==$peerAddress nodetype|tail 
-1|awk -F, {'print \$2'}|sed s/\\"//g`;

if ( $installType =~ /image/ ) { # connect to listener.py for stat

  $remote=IO::Socket::INET->new(Proto =>'tcp',PeerAddr => $peerAddress,PeerPort 
=> $peerPort,Type => SOCK_STREAM) or die "$peerAddress: noping\n";
  print $remote "$sendCommand\n";
  while ($answer=<$remote>)
    {
      print "$peerAddress: $answer\n";
    }
close $remote;
} else { # install is kickstart
  $answer = `$XCAT_ROOT/sbin/tabdump -w node==$peerAddress chain|tail -1|awk -F 
',' {'print \$2'}|sed s/\\"//g`;
  print "$peerAddress: $answer";
}
</code>

These are changes to xCAT2.pm related to this:

# diff xCAT2.pm-copy xCAT2.pm-copy2
580c580
<               if (open(NODESTAT, "$XCAT_ROOT/bin/nodestat $computer_node_name 
stat 2>&1 |")) {
---
>               if (open(NODESTAT, "$XCAT_ROOT/bin/vcl_nodestat 
> $computer_node_name stat 2>&1 |")) {
600c600
<               } ## end if (open(NODESTAT, "$XCAT_ROOT/bin/nodestat 
$computer_node_name stat 2>&1 |"...
---
>               } ## end if (open(NODESTAT, "$XCAT_ROOT/bin/vcl_nodestat 
> $computer_node_name stat 2>&1 |"...
603c603
<                       notify($ERRORS{'CRITICAL'}, 0, "could not run 
$XCAT_ROOT/bin/nodestat command");
---
>                       notify($ERRORS{'CRITICAL'}, 0, "could not run 
> $XCAT_ROOT/bin/vcl_nodestat command");
614c614
<                       elsif ($status =~ /partimage-ng: complete/) {
---
>                       elsif ($status =~ /partimage-ng: complete|boot/) {
632c632
<                       if ($nodeset_status =~ /boot/ || $status =~ 
/partimage-ng: complete/) {
---
>                       if ($nodeset_status =~ /boot/ || $status =~ 
> /partimage-ng: complete|boot/) {
976c976
<       if (open(NODESTAT, "$XCAT_ROOT/bin/nodestat $computer_node_name stat 
2>&1 |")) {
---
>       if (open(NODESTAT, "$XCAT_ROOT/bin/vcl_nodestat $computer_node_name 
> stat 2>&1 |")) {
993c993
<       } ## end if (open(NODESTAT, "$XCAT_ROOT/bin/nodestat 
$computer_node_name stat 2>&1 |"...
---
>       } ## end if (open(NODESTAT, "$XCAT_ROOT/bin/vcl_nodestat 
> $computer_node_name stat 2>&1 |"...


On Mar 1, 2012, at 10:45 , Aaron Peeler wrote:

> Also created a document on this topic. Please review and correct if needed.
> 
> https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/VCL/Adding+xCAT+kickstart+based+image
> 
> Aaron
> 
> On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Dmitri Chebotarov <dcheb...@gmu.edu> wrote:
>> Mike
>> 
>> Thank you. I was missing the record in vcl.resource table.
>> For ESXi 4.1 kickstart I had to change sourcepath value in vcl.os from 
>> esxi4.1 to esxi41 for id=38. xCAT2.pm can only get esxi4. (misses part after 
>> .)
>> I also had to create couple symlinks for xCAT2.pm to find image folder, but 
>> it's working now.
>> 
>> Thank you.
>> 
>> On Feb 29, 2012, at 16:47 , Waldron, Michael H wrote:
>> 
>>> Dmitri,
>>> 
>>> I have a script that I run to manually insert an image into the database. 
>>> It places an entry in the image, imgagerevision, and resource tables. Here 
>>> is a sample below. Of course you would substitute the proper values for 
>>> your situation.
>>> 
>>> INSERT INTO `image` (id, `name`, `prettyname`, `ownerid`, `deptid`, 
>>> `platformid`,
>>> `OSid`, `imagemetaid`, `minram`, `minprocnumber`, `minprocspeed`, 
>>> `minnetwork`,
>>> `maxconcurrent`, `reloadtime`, `deleted`, `test`, `lastupdate`, 
>>> `forcheckout`, `maxinitialtime`,
>>> `project`, `size`) VALUES (150, 'vmwarerhels4-base150-v0', 'Base No Apps, 
>>> RHEL4 32-bit w/AFS (vmware)', 8, 1, 1, 32, NULL, 1024, 1, 0, 10, NULL, 14, 
>>> 0, 0, NOW(), 1, 0, 'vcl', 1045);
>>> 
>>> INSERT INTO `imagerevision` (`imageid`, `revision`, `userid`, 
>>> `datecreated`, `deleted`, `production`,
>>> `comments`, `imagename`) VALUES (150, 0, 8, NOW(), 0, 1, NULL, 
>>> 'vmwarerhels4-base150-v0');
>>> 
>>> INSERT INTO `resource` (`resourcetypeid`, `subid`) VALUES (13, 150);
>>> 
>>> Mike
>>> 
>>> Mike Waldron
>>> Systems Specialist
>>> ITS Research Computing
>>> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
>>> CB 3420, ITS Manning, Rm 2509
>>> 919-962-9778
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Dmitri Chebotarov [mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu]
>>> Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:19 PM
>>> To: vcl-user@incubator.apache.org
>>> Subject: Re: VCL and xCat
>>> 
>>> Mike,
>>> 
>>> Thank you for explanation.
>>> How did you add kickstart image to vcl.image table?
>>> I've tried adding image by inserting record directly into vcl.image and 
>>> vcl.imagemeta tables, but this didn't work.
>>> vcld --setup only allows partimage type for bare-metal.
>>> 
>>> Thank you.
>>> 
>>> On Feb 29, 2012, at 15:41 , Waldron, Michael H wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Dmitri,
>>>> 
>>>> Yes, VCL supports kickstart installs with xCAT. The column in the image 
>>>> table that corresponds to the install type is OSid.
>>>> 
>>>> Example:
>>>> 
>>>> mysql> select prettyname, OSid from image where id=235;
>>>> +---------------------------------------+------+
>>>> | prettyname                            | OSid |
>>>> +---------------------------------------+------+
>>>> | RedHat Enterprise Linux server 5 (KS) |   19 |
>>>> +---------------------------------------+------+
>>>> 1 row in set (0.00 sec)
>>>> 
>>>> mysql> select * from OS where id=19;
>>>> +----+-------+----------------------------+-------+-------------+------------+----------+
>>>> | id | name  | prettyname                 | type  | installtype | 
>>>> sourcepath | moduleid |
>>>> +----+-------+----------------------------+-------+-------------+------------+----------+
>>>> | 19 | rhel5 | Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 | linux | kickstart   | rhas5    
>>>>   |        5 |
>>>> +----+-------+----------------------------+-------+-------------+------------+----------+
>>>> 1 row in set (0.00 sec)
>>>> 
>>>> mysql> select * from module where id=5;
>>>> +----+----------+-----------------+-------------+------------------------+
>>>> | id | name     | prettyname      | description | perlpackage            |
>>>> +----+----------+-----------------+-------------+------------------------+
>>>> |  5 | os_linux | Linux OS Module |             | VCL::Module::OS::Linux |
>>>> +----+----------+-----------------+-------------+------------------------+
>>>> 1 row in set (0.00 sec)
>>>> 
>>>> So in this case OS id 19 specifies a RHEL5 kickstart install, the 
>>>> sourcepath where the RHEL5 installation files are under /install/rhas5. 
>>>> The OS entry links to the module table, id 5 which tells it the perl 
>>>> module to use.
>>>> 
>>>> You need to have the appropriate entries in your OS and module tables 
>>>> specific to your ESXi image.
>>>> 
>>>> Mike
>>>> 
>>>> Mike Waldron
>>>> Systems Specialist
>>>> ITS Research Computing
>>>> University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
>>>> CB 3420, ITS Manning, Rm 2509
>>>> 919-962-9778
>>>> 
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Dmitri Chebotarov [mailto:dcheb...@gmu.edu]
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:17 PM
>>>> To: vcl-user@incubator.apache.org
>>>> Subject: Re: VCL and xCat
>>>> 
>>>> Hi again,
>>>> 
>>>> Looks like vcl.os and vcl.osinstalltype tables have 'kickstart' 
>>>> installtype for an image.
>>>> But I cannot find a way to set image_os_install_type to 'kickstart', it's 
>>>> 'partimage' by default for bare-metal.
>>>> 
>>>> And there seems to be no column in vcl.image table which corresponds to 
>>>> image_os_install_type.
>>>> 
>>>> Help! Does VCL support kickstart image install with xCAT module?
>>>> 
>>>> Thank you.
>>>> 
>>>> On Feb 29, 2012, at 11:14 , Dmitri Chebotarov wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> Hi
>>>>> 
>>>>> Is there a way to use kickstart script install with VCL/xCAT?
>>>>> xCAT2.pm code mentions use of templates, but I cannot find a way how to 
>>>>> make use of them.
>>>>> 
>>>>> I have working ESXi 4.1 template, and able to install ESXi 4.1 using xCAT 
>>>>> (nodeset node install works OK).
>>>>> How would I add ESXi 4.1 image to VCL which is bases on kickstart, not on 
>>>>> partimage?
>>>>> 
>>>>> Thank you for help.
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> On Feb 22, 2012, at 14:12 , Josh Thompson wrote:
>>>>> 
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> Hash: SHA1
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> 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
>>>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> All electronic mail messages in connection with State business
>>>>>>>>>> 
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>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> are sent to or received by this account are subject to the NC
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>>>>>>>>>>>> 
>>>>>>>>>>>> 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
>>>>>>> -----------------
>>>>>> - --
>>>>>> - -------------------------------
>>>>>> Josh Thompson
>>>>>> VCL Developer
>>>>>> North Carolina State University
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> my GPG/PGP key can be found at pgp.mit.edu
>>>>>> 
>>>>>> All electronic mail messages in connection with State business which
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>>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 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
>>> -----------------
>>> 
>>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 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
> 
> All electronic mail messages in connection with State business which
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Thank you.

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Dmitri Chebotarov
dcheb...@gmu.edu
703-993-6175
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