Dell 7010 - no fog menu/connectivity



  • After updating to 1.x, we seemed to have lost the ability to connect (no fog menu) to 7010. I have tried the latest kernel, down to 3.6.9. There is a quick error after the ipxe configuration…progress indicator but I can’t catch it in time (it looked alpha numeric). It will just continue on to the next boot device. I have also updated to the latest bios version A18. The bios is set to legacy mode out of the box. I saw on another thread that we might have to manually wipe the HDD, but not sure if this is the same issue? I hope not, because it’s like taking a step backward.

    Thanks.



  • [quote=“Tom Elliott, post: 30601, member: 7271”]Moving to iPXE isn’t necessarily causing issues, rather, it’s showing issues that you haven’t seen quite yet. PXE was old and slow, and probably didn’t care about many things as much as iPXE does. While I understand this is unexpected, I would go out on a limb and say the PRO’s completely outweigh the CON’s of this change.[/quote]

    Ok, thanks for the follow-up. I guess we either do further testing or possibly move to another switch.


  • Senior Developer

    Moving to iPXE isn’t necessarily causing issues, rather, it’s showing issues that you haven’t seen quite yet. PXE was old and slow, and probably didn’t care about many things as much as iPXE does. While I understand this is unexpected, I would go out on a limb and say the PRO’s completely outweigh the CON’s of this change.



  • [quote=“Junkhacker, post: 30582, member: 21583”]my 7010’s have no issues at all with fog. the problem is your network[/quote]

    I am not going to completely rule that out from the standpoint that there is some sort of issue with iPXE and our older cisco switches, but never had one issue on .32. If moving to iPXE is causing issues, then why would I need to change our network settings to allow FOG to work. Maybe portfast on our 10 year old switches aren’t responding the same as the newer switch OSes? So is the consensus that it is fixed now as for as FOG or is there still known issues among other users and is still being looked into?


  • Senior Developer

    [quote=“PomonaIT, post: 30579, member: 24658”]We thought to stick another switch between the computer and the main cisco switch (wall jack) and there is now no problems. I am not sure we are going to want that as a final solution, but that does narrow it down to 7010 NIC/iPXE/Cisco combo. I assume a solution is still being worked on from the iPXE side?[/quote]

    I don’t mean to call you right out like this, but this shows me and, should, show you that this is not a problem with iPXE. It’s specifically a problem with your network. More specifically, it’s a problem with the Cisco switch possibly?


  • Developer

    my 7010’s have no issues at all with fog. the problem is your network



  • We thought to stick another switch between the computer and the main cisco switch (wall jack) and there is now no problems. I am not sure we are going to want that as a final solution, but that does narrow it down to 7010 NIC/iPXE/Cisco combo. I assume a solution is still being worked on from the iPXE side?



  • I am on 1.1.1. I checked with network admin and all ports that we use are set to Portfast.


  • Senior Developer

    What version of FOG, specifically, are you on?

    1.1.1, 1.1.0, 1.0.0, 1.0.1?

    I ask because 1.1.0 has the 040ee119 error fixed from an iPXE standpoint.

    That being said, some of the things you need to look into.

    Make sure Spanning Tree is disabled within your network, or if you have to have it on, you have the capability of Portfast or Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol.



  • I was able to capture there error and I believe there is a another thread on it. The error is 040ee119. So far, we have only imaged a few models since upgrading. I just know as of now, the 7010 isn’t working.


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