How to setup a PXE Boot Server to Re-Image an Exadata Compute Node (Doc ID 1577323.1)

Last updated on JANUARY 04, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software - Version 11.2.2.4.2 to 11.2.3.2.1 [Release 11.2]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Goal

 

Most common methods of Bare Metal Restore procedure for Exadata compute nodes are generally using either attached iLOM ISO image or USB directly attached to the compute node.


This is outlined in article -->
MOS Article Bare Metal Restore Procedure for Compute Nodes on an Exadata Environment (Doc ID 1084360.1)


However an alternate method is to use PXE Boot which needs to be enabled in the BIOS Boot Order of the compute node needing to be re-imaged.

PXE will require either FTP, HTTP or NFS.

In my example we will use the most common protocol method for this being NFS.

Prerequisites

PXE Server - Accessible on the same public network as the Exadata Environment.
                  In my testing/examples the PXE server is accessible on the Management Network (eth0 of compute node).

PXE Server - install the following packages on the server:

a). tftp-server
b). dhcp
c). syslinux
d). NFS

Solution

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