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Network booting TLXOS RPi from an x86 server


The simplest way to network boot TLXOS RPi is to promote a TLXOS RPi server to be a network boot server, and serve its own O/S to clients.  However, with some data duplication and scripting, it is possible to use an x86 server to serve as the boot server instead.

The following is a tested procedure for setting up an Ubuntu 18.04 x86_64 box to serve TLXOS RPi 4.7.1 in diskless mode. This contains lots of Debian-ish assumptions (but will probably work with a range of Debian/Ubuntu versions, not just Ubuntu 18.04) and isn't very robust.

Unlike the TLXOS version, AoE shares are not read-only, so there is no protection against users doing potentially dangerous things like remounting root, /boot, /tfm or read-write multiple clients that share the same copy of the filesystem.

There isn't an easy way to pre-customise the diskless O/S. To do that you'd need to tweak to loopback mount each newly created midlayer, drop an etc/environment file on it, and then unmount it, prior to sharing it via vblade. TLXOS fundamentally isn't intended for preinstall customisation - you're supposed to just use TMS to configure it afterward.

mkdir -p -m 0755 /usr/local/share/tlxos/rpi
mkfs -t ext4 -L tlxos-rpi /dev/some-big-chunk-of-disk
echo "LABEL=tlxos-rpi /usr/local/share/tlxos/rpi ext4 noatime,nodiratime 1 2" >> /etc/fstab
mount /usr/local/share/tlxos/rpi
apt-get install -y dnsmasq vblade-persist runit-systemd xz-utils net-tools e2fsprogs
cd /usr/local/share/tlxos/rpi
unxz boot.xz tfm.xz root.xz
mkdir -p -m 0755 /tftpboot
echo "/usr/local/share/tlxos/rpi/boot /tftpboot vfat loop,ro 0 0" >> /etc/fstab
mount /tftpboot
cp tlxos-rpi.txt /etc/dnsmasq.d/tlxos-rpi.conf
nano /etc/dnsmasq.d/tlxos-rpi.conf # adjust as required
cp create_midlayer.txt /usr/local/sbin/
chmod 755 /usr/local/sbin/
# Substitute your ethernet interface name for ens5 in the following commands
vblade-persist setup 11 0 ens5 /usr/local/share/tlxos/rpi/tfm
vblade-persist setup 11 1 ens5 /usr/local/share/tlxos/rpi/boot
vblade-persist setup 11 2 ens5 /usr/local/share/tlxos/rpi/root
vblade-persist auto all
vblade-persist start all
systemctl restart dnsmasq

Note that Debian logs messages from dnsmasq to /var/log/daemon.log rather than /var/log/syslog, which would require a minor alternation to the script.


create_midlayer.txt create_midlayer.txt
tlxos-rpi.txt tlxos-rpi.txt

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Article ID: 42
Category: HowTos
Date added: 2020-06-02 23:46:19
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