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PXE boot fail to download kickstart file

Technote (troubleshooting)


Problem(Abstract)

PXE boot fail to download kickstart file on compute nodes

Symptom

When PCMAE provisioning a large number of nodes concurrently, PXE boot on a few nodes failed to download the kickstart file (see screenshot attached).


Cause

If the switch is not configured to handle large amounts of traffic at the same time, provisioning a large number of nodes concurrently will result in network time-outs on some nodes.


Resolving the problem

To avoid time-outs, configure your switch so that spanning tree is disabled and portfast option is enabled. Then cancel and delete the application instance and redeploy it.

Cross reference information
Segment Product Component Platform Version Edition
IBM Spectrum Computing IBM Spectrum Cluster Foundation

Document information

More support for: Platform Cluster Manager

Software version: 4.1.0

Operating system(s): Linux

Software edition: Advanced

Reference #: T1019621

Modified date: 2015-06-08