Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Learning to Hate Bootloaders!

Filed under: Career Archive,Fun Work,Geek Work,Linux,News and Current Events,Novell — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Dog which is in the evening time or 9:57 pm for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

Too much of a good thing!

I have installed, played with, and uninstalled way too much Linux in the past month. We’re still having “fun” with the ZENWorks imaging boot disk. Now, we’ve moved on to other machines and discovered that there aren’t any drivers compiled for the particular kernel that Novell uses for the boot cd. Okay, that’s not quite true. There has been an update to the boot iso which actually fixed at least two problems. But, not, I’m afraid the one that is currently kicking my ass. Namely, the SCSI drivers for a Dell Precision 650. So, we’re going to have to find the right kernel version and complie these bad boys ourselves. Oh, God, save me!
So, if you downloaded my USB boot iso, it’s obsolete now. The newest, non-beta, non-6.5 boot iso from Novell Forge is correct. Use it!

1 Comment

  1. I have had great success with the zenworks imaging – 13 minutes and one reboot done, compared to ITS’s SMS solution of 1 hour and three reboots just to get to base image without any programs added. All I do is add new drivers as needed and burn new cd’s. It took me forever to figure out how to do it though. Not a linux user by any means. What I would like to know is how to unzip and change, whichever file it is, that needs to point to the usb key instead of the cdrom for bootup, and then zip it back together. Any links or hints you could give me would help tremendously! I put in a request to Novell and they have a project started, but nothing else….

    Comment by Tom Daniel — 9/3/2004 @ 1:49 pm

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