Dell 7730 precision laptop deploy GPT error message

  • First time FOG user coming from a dead clonezilla Ubuntu server. I am NOT a Linux expert, I inherited that server. FOG 1.5.5 running on Centos 7.6.1810 – new installations on an older dell server 3620 desktop. I’ve setup an isolated FOG configuration as I will only ever image our training systems.

    The PCs are identical Dell 7730 precision laptops that UEFI boot (believe its true uefi). PXE boot appears to be working great. Secure Boot - Disabled. Sata operation within the bios is set to AHCI.

    There are 2 GPT drives which appear to fog using lsblk in debug mode as /dev/nvme0n1 and /dev/nvme1n1 both apparently M.2 PCIe drives, and both with 4 partitions each.

    Drives under windows appear as (disk0 centos7)(disk1 windows10)
    Under Linux expecting (nvme0n1 centos7) (nvme1n1 windows10) but it’s random base on init of the drives.

    It does have access to the internet via a 2nd wireless nic and static subnet. Read lots of posts on the forum here to get to this point where I have spent a few days attempting to resolve my issue by even more reading. I’m hoping I’ve just not understood something or haven’t been able to track down the correct settings.

    I’m wanting to capture both drives at once and then deploy to all of the other laptops, but there is no OS Dropdown selection item for a multisetup and I have been unable to find directions on how to determine which selection to make. I’ve tried selecting the options as below but get the error restoring GPT partition tables:

    Linux - (50) and with Windows 10 - (9)
    Multiple Partition Image - All Disks (Not Resizable) - (3)
    Everything - (1)

    PartImage - switches on its own to Partclone Gzip after I attempt to deploy a captured image.

    All files in my /images directory appear to be the proper size and the uuids appear to be correct.

    So during the deploy PXE boot with Linux(50) selected as the OS, I receive:

    Erasing current MBR/GPT Tables …Done
    Restoring Partition Tables (GPT)…Done
    Erasing current MBR/GPT Tables …Done
    Restoring Partition Tables (GPT)…Failed

    Error trying to restore GPT partition tables (restorePartitionTablesAndBootLoaders)
    Args Passed: /dev/nvme1n1 2 /images/DELL7730_Win10_Centos7 50 all
    CMD Tried: sgdisk -gl /images/DELL7730_Win10_Centos7/d2.mbr /dev/nvme1n1
    Exit returned code 4

    Kernel Variables and settings:
    bzImage loglevel=4 initrd=init.xz root=/dev/ram0 rw ramdisk_size-127000 web= consoleblank=0 rootfstype=ext4 mac=macaddressoflaptop ftp= storage= storageip= osid=50 irqpoll hostname=mylaptop chkdesk=0 img=DELL7730_Win10_Centos7 imgType=mpa imgPartitionType=all imgid=6 imgFormat=0 PIGZ_COMP=-6 hostearly=1 type down

    I’m not sure what to do now to resolve the issue.

  • @Sebastian-Roth We are in the middle of an office move, I will test and respond as soon as I have everything set back up. Hopefully before the end of the week.

  • Developer

    @jmason Ok, I had a closer look at the UUID stuff and turns out that we had a general bug there as well as unneeded code. I did a bit of a cleanup while hopefully fixing the problem you saw with dual NVMe disk machines.

    Can you please test the current init.xz ( as well 32 bit if you need that) our build server spit out.

    Be aware that I removed the need for dX.original.uuids altogether as we have all the information in other files available already. So when you upload the image again (which you don’t have to for the simple deploy test to see if the UUID stuff is fixed!) you won’t have dX.original.uuids files anymore.

  • @Sebastian-Roth Was looking in the images directory here is the contents of the d1.original.uuids file

    /dev/nvme0n1 c0c5d1ae-844a-476e-81c6-7df5e3996ef1
    /dev/nvme0n1p2 2:2607-0C5E 2:ee3b91d5-4673-4e49-9011-7d3e10182cbe
    /dev/nvme0n1p3 3:bc88509e-b6ed-49c0-9106-dc7976a67b2a 3:9e96fd40-79f2-4d79-b2e7-574ddd2b5ce6
    /dev/nvme0n1p4 4:HtWBPV-9Aom-jBpz-4pyv-qy3A-lf2o-x58axC 4:fea80442-d73a-494d-be20-1aeee1f51158

    vs d2.original.uuids files

    /dev/nvme1n1 5c273d41-1202-4874-8a69-9af1285c6d77
    /dev/nvme1n1p1 1:DEFC-1910 1:2b0507fe-9371-463b-832d-63c3aa24795e
    /dev/nvme1n1p3 3:382631A826316850 3:3adca3cc-702f-4084-9f16-3b8f241cf81e
    /dev/nvme1n1p4 4:2C0C9D570C9D1D40 4:e12d4c98-026a-406c-8043-0498c66be933

    Not sure if this is helpful in any way but it looked slightly odd missing /dev/nvme0n1p1 and /dev/nvme1n1p2, but may just be some debug info file you are using. Anyway thanks for all your work on this and I’ll keep checking in.

  • Developer

    @jmason Hmmmm, thanks for the heads up! Not sure what is going on there but I am fairly sure the init_nvme.xz file on our webserver has not changed since I posted the link last. It’s only Tom and me having access at the moment and I don’t think he’s done anything to it. To me this sounds more like there is still an issue within the scripts that only appears in certain situations. Will try to find it on the weekend.

  • @Sebastian-Roth I decided to run these all again after installing FOG on our permanent server with the init_nvme.xz file. I did a new capture and deploy.

    I ran deploy in debug mode and regular mode and only the Disk UUID being set to........ is still blank.
    The partition type and partition uuid are being set for each partition. Not sure what would have caused that change, unless there was some quick update to the init_nvme.xz file from when I downloaded it Tuesday morning to the test server vs tuesday afternoon to the permanent server.

  • @Sebastian-Roth So I ran a deploy today not in debug mode and noticed that the UUID lines that were missing in debug mode actually showed what appeared to be UUIDs as the deployment concluded.

  • Developer

    @jmason Will be a couple of days till I find enough time to re-examine this. Will let you know.

  • @Sebastian-Roth the *.size files were generated properly but the Disk UUID, Partition type, and Partition UUID lines still show just the being set to.................................. after writing an image to a drive. It still appears to be writing the images.

  • Developer

    @jmason Took a little while to get this all sorted. Can you please re-download the init_nvme.xz. It should include all current changes and fixes.

    See if the *.size files are being generated properly when capturing the image as well as properly setting UUID and type after deploying the partition images.

  • Developer

    @jmason said in Dell 7730 precision laptop deploy GPT error message:

    The only odd thing was after writing the windows disk…all of the UUID/partition related set lines were just

    Thanks for mentioning this! Definitely something else I missed. The whole scripting code is a huge thing and very easy to miss things here and there. I am still working on this but will have a new version ready for test in the next days.

  • @Sebastian-Roth Running it again in deploy debug so I can make sure with lsblk that it initialized the drives in a different order and not have to hope it’s different.

    It came up with windows as nvme0n1 this time and nvme1n1 as linux…

    The only odd thing was after writing the windows disk…all of the UUID/partition related set lines were just . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . without any values

    Resetting UUIDs for /dev/nvme0n1
    Disk UUID being set to ........................................
    Partition type being set to ..................................
    Partition uuid being set to...................................
    Resetting swap systems

    but it appears to have moved on to nvme1n1 and is writing the linux image correctly.

    Next steps?

  • Developer

    @jmason Don’t actually need all the very details (filesystem and size). Just important we know that nvme0n1 was Linux this time. Please try deployment (does not have to be debug) a couple of times and you should see it deploy Linux to nvme1n1 properly as well if the Linux kernel detects the disks in a different order.

  • @Sebastian-Roth No problem…it is running now

    Partclone window to recap for the linux disk

    /dev/nvme0n1p1 raw 134.2 MB
    /dev/nvme0n1p2 FAT16 209.7 MB
    /dev/nvme0n1p3 XFS 1.1GB
    /dev/nvme0n1p4 raw 510.7 GB

    windows disk

    /dev/nvme1n1p1 FAT32 681.6 MB
    /dev/nvme1n1p2 raw 134.2 MB
    /dev/nvme1n1p3 NTFS 1.0 TB
    /dev/nvme1n1p4 NTFS 1.0 GB

  • Developer

    @jmason said in Dell 7730 precision laptop deploy GPT error message:

    cat /images/mydiskimage/*.size


    Argggg, my fault here. Can you please edit the *.size text files and make those look like this:




    (just add the the number and colon at the beginning of each file -> will fix that in the init_nvme.xz soon!)

  • @Sebastian-Roth said in Dell 7730 precision laptop deploy GPT error message:

    blockdev --getsize64 /dev/nvme0n1


    blockdev --getsize64 /dev/nvme1n1


    cat /images/mydiskimage/*.size


  • Developer

    @jmason Ok, seems like I haven’t got it correct on the first try. Need your support now to figure out where I went wrong. In debug deploy, after it failed with the error message please run the following commands, take a picture or post the output here:

    blockdev --getsize64 /dev/nvme0n1
    blockdev --getsize64 /dev/nvme1n1
    cat /images/mydiskimage/*.size

    My guess is that the disks are not exactly the same size than the ones you have in the target machine but we’ll see.

  • @Sebastian-Roth Okay after attempting it the third time I’m sure that I have everything assigned appropriately. Still running in deploy-debug the message is confirmed.

    After the Preparing Partition layout message I get the An error has been detected! box.

    No drive number passed (restore PartitionTablesAndBootLoaders)  
       Args Passed: /dev/nvme0n1  /images/mydiskimage 50 all
    Kernel variables and settings:
    bzImage loglevel=4 initrd=init_nvme.xz root=dev/ram0 rw amdisk_size=127000 web=
    consoleblank=0 rootfstype=ext4 shutdown=1 mac=macaddressoflaptop ftp= storage= 
    storageip= osid=50 irqpoll hostname=mylaptop chkdsk=0 img=mydiskimage imgType=mpa imgPartitionType=all 
    imgid=11 imgFormat=0 PIGZ_COMP=-6 hostearly=1 isdebug=yes type=down shutdown=1

  • @Sebastian-Roth So with the newly captured image also created with the init_nvme.xz as Host Init, I brought the host for deploy up in debug mode .
    I ensured that the init disk order nvme0n1 and nvme1n1 matched the same order for when I made the image (Just like I did last week when deploying to my 19 laptops).

    …well running again now with the proper init settings and host image.

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