Strongbolt2 allows you to re-install the server from a specially configured USB key. There are many reasons why we chose to create this installation model:-
Why OS Office developed a new installation method for Cobalt servers
- To make the installation process simpler
- Reduce the need for external hardware (netboot server)
- Remove unnecessary points of failure from the install process (networking)
- Make the installation process more portable
- Install alternative software payloads (such as Firebolt and Starbolt)
- Simplify updating the install medium
Click here for instructions on how to make a USB key (applies to Strongbolt1 and Strongbolt2 users only).
The following procedure only applies to servers that have had the SB2 update.
Use the following commands to re-install the server from a USB key:
- Log into the server using an SSH client (puTTY is a good one for Windows).
- Become root (su - root)
- Run the following command:
Note: If the setup_strongbolt2_drive command is not there, (some beta testers may find this) please run the following command:
yum install strongbolt2-flashdrive
Figure 1 Setting up the USB Key (Part 1)
- Once the USB key has been setup with the basic core files, the key still needs to download the disk image.
Run the following command to download the main operating system image:
Figure 2 Setting up the USB key Part 2
The program requires you to enter your osoffice.co.uk online shop username and password in order to download the operating system image file.
- Enter your username and password.
This will start the image file downloading process. Once the file has downloaded, the image is checked for corruption and the USB key setup is completed. Once this stage is complete, the program will ask whether or not to set the server to reboot to the USB key on next boot. Type "y" to set the system to re-install on next boot and "n" to keep the system boot settings as they are.
- If you had chosen to re-install upon next boot, type the following command:
Your SB2 USB key is now ready to use.
- If you had not chosen to re-instal lthe system upon the next boot, you can set the system to boot from the USB key using the following procedure:
With the server powered off, turn on your server and hold down S on the LCD control panel.
The LCD will print "Select Option" "Boot from Disk" press 'S' until the LCD prints "Configure boot Disk"
Press 'E' The LCD will print "Select Boot Disk"
Press 'S' until the LCD prints "sda1"
Press 'E' The LCD will print "Select Option" "Boot from Disk"
This will boot the system from the USB key and start the installation process.
Note: You can also run the following commands from a booted server to set the server to boot from USB:
cmos -c bootdev sda1
The Re-Install Process
Re-installation of your server takes approximately 30 Mins. During the course of the installation, the LCD will print:
"Booting Stage 2".