Run an outdated cluster with diskless OpenBSD and cute little green boxes (part 2)

In the first part, we became familiar with the hardware we’ll be working on and gathered the needed information. In this part, we focus on making PXE work up to the point we’re able to get to the boot loader and load a kernel.

Now, we connect a Cisco console cable into the designated console port on the modified Cisco IDS. I connected the internet to fxp0 port, and the cluster part to the fxp1 port. Baud rate is 9600, as this is Cisco equipment.
Log into OpenBSD and install the Nano editor by running

login: root
Last unsuccessful login: Mon Dec 31 15:51:16 on tty00
OpenBSD 6.4 (GENERIC) #926: Thu Oct 11 13:43:06 MDT 2018
Welcome to OpenBSD: The proactively secure Unix-like operating system.
Please use the sendbug(1) utility to report bugs in the system.
Before reporting a bug, please try to reproduce it with the latest
version of the code.  With bug reports, please try to ensure that
enough information to reproduce the problem is enclosed, and if a
known fix for it exists, include that as well.
You have new mail.
delta# pkg_add nano
quirks-3.16 signed on 2018-10-13T13:42:51Z
quirks-3.16: ok
nano-3.1:libiconv-1.14p3: ok
nano-3.1:gettext- ok
nano-3.1: ok

This will help us with easier editing of configuration files, because the by-default installed vi editor can be confusing to newbies.
First, we configure the /etc/hosts file that will map hostnames of our clients to their IPs. Open the file by running “nano /etc/hosts” and add the following lines to the end of the file: earth wind fire

The file now looks like this: localhost
::1 localhost earth wind fire

Exit nano by pressing Ctrl-x and then y, then Enter.
The next file we will edit is /etc/ethers that contains the MAC adresses and maps them to their hostnames:

00:00:24:C4:55:78 earth
00:00:24:C4:56:18 wind
00:00:24:C4:56:14 fire

Then run these comands, enabling RARP daemon to run on the fxp1 interface

delta# rcctl enable rarpd
delta# rcctl set rarpd flags fxp1
delta# rcctl start rarpd

Then create a new directory /var/tftpboot and enter it

delta# mkdir /var/tftpboot
delta# cd /var/tftpboot/

Then download the bootloader and kernels by running

delta# ftp
100% |**************************************************| 91700       00:00
91700 bytes received in 0.18 seconds (490.03 KB/s)
delta# ftp
100% |**************************************************| 12978 KB    00:03    ^[[A
13289940 bytes received in 3.96 seconds (3.20 MB/s)
delta# ftp
100% |**************************************************|  8571 KB    00:03
8777021 bytes received in 3.42 seconds (2.45 MB/s)

Then we create the instructions for the bootloader to use the console instead of the non-existent video card and boot the ramdisk kernel just to prove the system works.

delta# mkdir etc
delta# nano etc/boot.conf

Edit the file to say:

stty com0 19200
set tty com0
boot bsd.rd

Save the file and run:

delta# rcctl enable tftpd
delta# rcctl set tftpd flags /var/tftpboot

Now, we will configure the DHCP server. Edit /etc/dhcpd.conf to say:

subnet netmask {
        group {
        filename "pxeboot";
        host earth {
        hardware ethernet 00:00:24:C4:55:78;
        host wind {
        hardware ethernet 00:00:24:C4:56:18;
        host fire {
        hardware ethernet 00:00:24:C4:56:14;

And /etc/hostname.fxp1 (the interface facing the clients) to say:


Reboot by running ‘reboot’ and when machine reboots, everything should work correctly.
Now we switch the console port to the first Soekris, change the baudrate to 19200 and turn on the power…

POST: 0123456789bcefghipajklnopq,,,tvwxy
comBIOS ver. 1.28  20050527  Copyright (C) 2000-2005 Soekris Engineering.
0064 Mbyte Memory                        CPU 80486 133 Mhz
Slot   Vend Dev  ClassRev Cmd  Stat CL LT HT  Base1    Base2   Int
0:00:0 1022 3000 06000000 0006 2280 00 00 00 00000000 00000000
0:18:0 100B 0020 02000000 0107 0290 00 3F 00 0000E001 A0000000 10
 1 Seconds to automatic boot.   Press Ctrl-P for entering Monitor.
NSC DP83815/DP83816 Fast Ethernet UNDI, v1.03
Copyright (C) 2002, 2003 National Semiconductor Corporation
All rights reserved.
Pre-boot eXecution Environment  PXE-2.0 (build 082)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000  Intel Corporation
CLIENT MAC ADDR: 00 00 24 C4 55 78
probing: pc0 com0 com1 pci pxe![2.1] mem[639K 63M a20=on]
net: mac 00:00:24:c4:55:78, ip, server
>> OpenBSD/i386 PXEBOOT 3.30
>> OpenBSD/i386 PXEBOOT 3.30
booting tftp:bsd.rd: 3111423+1360896+3362824+0+454656 [363995+98+289392+283301]=0x8ced6c
entry point at 0x2000d4
Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
        The Regents of the University of California.  All rights reserved.
Copyright (c) 1995-2018 OpenBSD. All rights reserved.
OpenBSD 6.4 (RAMDISK_CD) #916: Thu Oct 11 14:00:12 MDT 2018
real mem  = 66646016 (63MB)
avail mem = 56418304 (53MB)
mainbus0 at root
bios0 at mainbus0: date 20/50/27, BIOS32 rev. 0 @ 0xf7840
pcibios0 at bios0: rev 2.0 @ 0xf0000/0x10000
pcibios0: pcibios_get_intr_routing - function not supported
pcibios0: PCI IRQ Routing information unavailable.
pcibios0: PCI bus #0 is the last bus
bios0: ROM list: 0xc8000/0x9000
cpu0 at mainbus0: (uniprocessor)
cpu0: AMD Am486DX4 W/B or Am5x86 W/B 150 ("AuthenticAMD" 486-class), 04-09-04
cpu0: FPU
pci0 at mainbus0 bus 0: configuration mode 1 (bios)
pchb0 at pci0 dev 0 function 0 "AMD ElanSC520 PCI" rev 0x00
sis0 at pci0 dev 18 function 0 "NS DP83815 10/100" rev 0x00, DP83816A: irq 10, address 00:00:24:c4:55:78
nsphyter0 at sis0 phy 0: DP83815 10/100 PHY, rev. 1
isa0 at mainbus0
isadma0 at isa0
com0 at isa0 port 0x3f8/8 irq 4: ns16550a, 16 byte fifo
com0: console
com1 at isa0 port 0x2f8/8 irq 3: ns16550a, 16 byte fifo
pckbc0 at isa0 port 0x60/5 irq 1 irq 12
pckbd0 at pckbc0 (kbd slot)
wskbd0 at pckbd0: console keyboard
wdc1 at isa0 port 0x170/8 irq 15
wd0 at wdc1 channel 0 drive 0: <064MB ATA Flash Disk>
wd0: 1-sector PIO, LBA, 61MB, 125056 sectors
wd0(wdc1:0:0): using BIOS timings
npx0 at isa0 port 0xf0/16: reported by CPUID; using exception 16
softraid0 at root
scsibus0 at softraid0: 256 targets
PXE boot MAC address 00:00:24:c4:55:78, interface sis0
root on rd0a swap on rd0b dump on rd0b
WARNING: clock time much less than file system time
WARNING: using file system time
erase ^?, werase ^W, kill ^U, intr ^C, status ^T
Welcome to the OpenBSD/i386 6.4 installation program.
Starting non-interactive mode in 5 seconds...
(I)nstall, (U)pgrade, (A)utoinstall or (S)hell?
sis0: bound to from (00:1a:a2:a4:64:bb)

Yay! As you can see, we have the PXE portion sorted out, enabling us to boot a working install kernel for OpenBSD.

This concludes part 2, tune in next time, when I will show you how to boot from a preinstalled NFS share.

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