SOLVED Very slow cloning speed on specific model

  • Hello FOG people!

    I have a strange problem.
    Working with FOG about a year. Version 1.5.4 installed on CentOS 7 at VirtualBox environment. Deploying Win10 image to Dell and HP laptops. Everything was fine, but a new model HP EliteBook 840 G6 unavailable to cloning because of very low speed of Partclone - about 6 MB/min. It can’t be a network issue because of previous HP 840 G5 model and all DELL models are cloning normally. And it isn’t a specific laptop problem, I have checked 3 laptops from this model and all have the same problem.

    Maybe somebody had the same problem?

    Thanks for helping,

  • @sebastian-roth Good morning,
    Yesterday I tried changing the command to nvme0n1, however that did not make a difference. Today I am going to try rolling the Kernel back a version and see if that makes a difference. It is weird that it is transmitting data, just extremely slowly. The 7090 Ultras are transferring at 70-200MB per minute and our other devices transfer anywhere from 4-10GB per minute.

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    @wuenschz said in Very slow cloning speed on specific model:

    Do I have to change the command to reflect nvme0n1 instead of the /dev/nvme0?

    I don’t have any of these disks myself to test, so I am not sure. Give it a try with /dev/nvme0n1 and let us know.

  • @sebastian-roth Hello again, I just wanted to update you on this issue. I have launched the task in debug mode and entered nvme set-feature -f 0x0c -v=0 /dev/nvme0. I am now able to get past the “Restoring partition Tables (GPT)” portion of the cloning, however it still gets hung up at the partclone screen. I did look at the partition information and it said that “Disk /dev/nvme0n1: 256GB” Do I have to change the command to reflect nvme0n1 instead of the /dev/nvme0?

    Also, I saw that it says “Write caching not supported” but does support the drive and sees the drive.

    I have also tried adding the nvme_core.default_ps_max_latency_us=0 kernal arguments to to the host in FOG and that did not fix anything.

  • @sebastian-roth Good morning Sebastian, I have been reading through the topic but have not tried anything beyond updating my FOG server’s Kernel to 5.10.34. I did see in the topic where it was suggested to add that parameter, however I believe it was stated that it was added in the 1.5.8 build of FOG. Should I still try adding it? We are using CentOS as well. If I do need to add that line, could you please clarify how I do that? I apologize but I’m not very good with Linux. Thank you for your help!

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    @wuenschz Have you read through the topic and tried things out yet? Let us know what you have tried so far and what didn’t work.

    I would start by adding nvme set-feature -f 0x0c -v=0 /dev/nvme0 as a postinitscript - see:

  • @itsupport Hello, I was curious if a solution was ever discovered for fixing the slow imaging when working with Dell 7090 Ultras? We have recently purchased this model to refresh our labs, however we can’t get the image to push to the PCs. We are running FOG 1.5.9 and I just updated the Kernel to 5.10.34 TomElliot 64.

    bzImage Version: 5.10.34
    bzImage32 Version: 5.10.34

    It seems to hang up for a while on “Restoring Partition Tables (GPT_)”

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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    @itsupport This topic is fairly old and huge! No idea if this even talked about the DELL Ultra 7090 you seem to see an issue with. Please open your own topic and post details there (exact FOG and kernel versions and so on). Always good to post a link as reference to this topic as well.

  • @darkxeno We have the same with Dell Ultra 7090
    Updated the Kernal latest version of FOG stable
    All our other Machines image in a few mins with SSD’s in them HDD’s 10 mins

    These new ones take hrs which is not right
    Doing one now and its like 200-300 mbps normally running at 1gig

    Tested all our cables and like earlier other older machines like Latitude 5480 5490 5400
    Desktops Opitplex 3020 3010 3050 3060 are all fine

  • We have had some success with using the snponly.efi boot file instead of ipxe.efi. Also updating to fog version might have helped as well. I did notice today HP came out with a newer bios verison for the HP 840 G6 model. Bios version 01.04.02 which seems to have a lot of bug fixes. I might give this a try tomorrow but I figured someone else might want to try it out before me and let me know how it goes.

  • @nrg The following is based on using Fog 1.5.7 master branch on CentOS.

    Are you using the updated init_partclone.xz? Here’s the link:

    You need to copy this to /var/www/html/fog/service/ipxe and then run chown apache:apache init_partclone.xz to update file permissions.

    We only have G6 laptops for imaging now, so I made this the default init under Fog Config > Fog Settings > TFTP Server > PXE BOOT IMAGE > enter init_partclone.xz. Alternatively, if you register hosts, you can add it to the host init section for just the G6 laptops.

    You then have to edit the file /images/dev/postinitscripts/fog.postinit and add the line nvme set-feature -f 0x0c -v=0 /dev/nvme0

  • @Middle said in Very slow cloning speed on specific model:

    nvme set-feature -f 0x0c -v=0 /dev/nvme0

    so the solution was to put that under fog general settings?? I tried and it didn’t work on my end.

    I’m also facing the same issue. I have 5 hp 840 g6 and only 4 of them has this issue. One of them does not have this issue. They’re all identical laptop in hardware and software. even the bios is the same.

    I can fog to the rest of my 800 computers perfectly fine at normal speed. It’s just these new G6.

    disk drive: Samsung MZVLB256HAHQ-000H1
    NIC: Intel Ethernet I219-LM
    bios ver: R70 Ver. 01.03.04 11/06/2019

    FOG server: 1.5.6 on ubuntu 18.04.3 lts

  • @Quazz That’s great - setting the nvme command in the fog.postinit file and making the init-partclone.xz you created the system wide default means we can now just pxe boot and select deploy image without issues. Huge improvement. Many thanks.

    Edit: for clarification, it’s the nvme set-feature -f 0x0c -v=0 /dev/nvme0 command I’m using, not the latency one.

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    @Middle That’s really unfortunate. We were hoping that would be sufficient for all usecases, but unfortunately it seems that in some cases that’s not true.

    We also can’t disable it globally since that would hinder performance for a lot of users that don’t have this issue…

    You can try setting the command in postinit scripts. (/images/dev/postinitscripts/fog.postinit)

    The command should execute after the init has loaded and before FOG starts its magic.

  • @Quazz We’ve tried that as well but doesn’t help. I think it’s also included in the Dev branch by default now which we’re tried.

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    @Middle Can you try the KERNEL ARGS George suggested?


  • @Sebastian-Roth said in Very slow cloning speed on specific model:

    @darkxeno @dylan123 @Middle @oleg-knysh Build is done. Anyone keen to test?

    sudo -i
    cd /var/www/html/fog/service/ipxe
    chown apache:apache bzImage-4.9.51 init-4.9.x.xz

    Sorry for the late update. This didn’t change anything I’m afraid. I’ve been a little reluctant in updating during testing as the results I’ve had have been very inconsistent. I can’t explain it, but the first deployment of the day works without issues - it’s happened too many times now to be a coincidence.

    I’ve currently changed back to the master branch to clean-up the server of the test kernels/inits we’ve been using. The only consistent deploy I can get is using the init_partclone.xy that @Quazz posted on the 5th Dec, entering debug mode and running the following:

    nvme set-feature -f 0x0c -v=0 /dev/nvme0

    This works every time. The average transfer speed is around 3GB/min, rather than >10GB/min that I get from the master branch build when it randomly works, but that’s good enough for us as the result is consistent and the image is small anyway.

    This is google drive link Quazz provided for the init:

    I’ve had a look at the post init script option to see if I can automate this rather than entering debug, but I’m not really sure what I’m doing here.

  • @Sebastian-Roth said in Very slow cloning speed on specific model:

    @darkxeno @dylan123 @Middle @oleg-knysh Build is done. Anyone keen to test?

    sudo -i
    cd /var/www/html/fog/service/ipxe
    chown apache:apache bzImage-4.9.51 init-4.9.x.xz

    Thanks @Sebastian-Roth , I’ve just got back from leave. Ended up just manually setting up the device and don’t have another one to test with unfortunately. If I do, I’ll give this a test and see if it makes a difference. Thanks again for your assistance.

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    @george1421 one option for eliminating the network card as the source of the problem (not completely, but mostly) is to boot with a usb adapter plugged in as well, both plugged into the network, and after ipxe loads unplug the network from the built in adapter.

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    @bberret So two changes (test) come to mind.

    1. Does this computer have a bios mode? If so, as a test change it to bios mode to see if the bzImage and init.xz transfer speeds are normal.

    2. Do you have an add on card (pci-e) that has pxe booting capabilities. The idea is to remove the onboard pxe firmware and network card. See if bzImage transfer is normal or not.

    3. I thought about booting FOS linux from a usb stick, but you are telling me that imaging is not fast too. If imaging was fast but pxe booting was slow then I might point to iPXE as being a problem. But in this case booting for a usb stick will not mask/test the issue.

    Off the top of my head I would either say network adapter or pxe / uefi firmware.