Inconsistency frustration



  • I have installed FOG on Ubuntu 14.04 in an Active Directory environment. DHCP servers are set up correctly, and I am able to boot to PXE and run most processes.
    Then the troubles start.
    For starters, the web page craps out, indicating the msql service needs the load the schema again. Sometimes it gives errors, sometimes it says, "Oh, you didn’t need to do that. Sign in."
    Other services (daemons) start and stop at random times, particularly the tftpd-hpa.
    Then there’s an FTP error when I try to upload am image. The process starts, but I have yet to complete 1 task. It just stalls out and gives repeated asterisks.
    I knew there might be issues with Ubuntu 14.04, so I initially loaded 13.04, but found that that version is all but completely unsupported to the point of being useless.
    Trying to deploy a Fog server is like playing whack-a-mole with system bugs. I would like this to work. but right now feel like an idiot because I can’t get it to work while the Internet is full of praise at how wonderful it is.



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  • Senior Developer

    Ya, as a general rule of thumb, don’t use Ubuntu. Older versions like 12.04 LTS work fine, but anything “bleeding-edge” for ubuntu means it screws with 90% of the linux standards.


  • Moderator

    Debian 7 (any version) also works very well with FOG right out of the box, but many systems will need the TFTP service rebooted after the server is booted/rebooted. Documentation on the WIKI covers the issue, and gives a config file modification which fixes the issue.

    I’ve done installations of Debian with and without the graphical interface and desktop utilities, and FOG has worked immediately on each variation.


  • Moderator

    [quote=“Russell Schiwal, post: 46202, member: 29483”]Fedora works. It has its own set of issues; not the least of which is making damn sure the SElinux is disabled, but the problems I’ve encountered seem to have everything to do with Ubuntu and not with FOG. I went with the desktop rather than server install due to a past experience building another Ubuntu server and finding that it had libraries missing that I needed for Zenoss.[/quote]

    That’s great! I’m glad you were able to get it working !?!



  • Fedora works. It has its own set of issues; not the least of which is making damn sure the SElinux is disabled, but the problems I’ve encountered seem to have everything to do with Ubuntu and not with FOG. I went with the desktop rather than server install due to a past experience building another Ubuntu server and finding that it had libraries missing that I needed for Zenoss.


  • Moderator

    Awesome.

    And yeah. Clonezilla isn’t as friendly as FOG. I’m not bashing it, it’s good for what it does, it’s just not all that friendly to me. I’ve never heard of Mondo Rescue.

    If you have any issues with your Fedora build, I’m more than happy to help. This is the distro I’m most familiar with, and I’ve got various FOG setups both at work and home to reference from, using different methods.



  • I looked at a few other systems like Clonezilla and Mondo Rescue. o_O I’m back.
    I want PXE Boot that works within an established network infrastructure. I’m also on a shoestring budget.
    I will install it on a Fedora system next and post the results.


  • Moderator

    I’m working on a complete and total walkthrough for Fedora 21 Server… It’s in the WiKi right now, but it’s incomplete (still working on it). For most of it though, you can reference the Fedora 21 Workstation guide to fill in the gaps.


  • Senior Developer

    Most seem to work, but ubuntu has some weird quirks.

    I’d personally like to use Centos/Redhat 6.6.

    Also, while the “stables” are that, there are still quirks now and again. I do a lot of updates all the time, and 1.2.0 is pretty old (in my eyes).

    I do my best to make sure the SVN/Trunk is stable for what needs to be done, and any bugs you find can get reported and usually are taken care of quickly.



  • Sorry, Uninstalled, but it was the latest stable version of FOG and Ubuntu 14.04.
    I am in an Active Directory domain with 2 DHCP servers.
    I have scoured the forums. That is how I was able to get as far as I have.
    The FTP issue was due to my file structure and permissions. My Images folder was a mount-point for a 2 TB disk and i forgot to recursively apply chmod 777 to all the files in the folder.
    The services crashing repeatedly and not restarting on boot, however, must have something to do with version conflict.
    The last straw was when I had created an image from a virtualbox XP PC. It saved the image to the server. I created a new machine and repeatedly failed to install the image because it wouldn’t see the virtual hard drive on the client. First I had a blank disk, but then saw your comment about not having an initialized disk. The was then formatted to NTFS and it still couldn’t see it.
    I would love to get this to work. I trust that it can be fixed, but I needed to try other solutions and have come back to FOG becuse it holds the most promise. Everything seemed to work, then the web page started asking for the MySQL schema again and my image wouldn’t load.

    Is there a FOG version / Linux distro combo that I can use on a 32 bit P4 server that have a proven track record? I can start from scratch.


  • Senior Developer

    I’m also going to guess. Ubuntu 12.04 or later?


  • Moderator

    What version/revision of FOG? In the top left of your login screen, there will be a cloud that says “FOG”, the version is in the corner of that.


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