Nethserver 7.4 install problems


(Oliver Johnston) #1

NethServer Version: your_version
Module: your_module

So I thought I would install a test server today and have a look at Nethserver.
However I have hit a problem or two!
The first PC with an Athlon quad core 2800 would boot from the install media but I had two problems;
1, network reported as disconnected when it isn’t (checked with a windows install)
2, once I went through the options and selected begin install it crashed with an error. I will try and re-run and attempt to collect the error report.

So I thought I would attempt an install with an AMD APU with a msi board. With bios set to legacy or UEFI during the boot from DVD it reboots, and will do it all day, boot-reset-boot!

So I am stumped! I have only really used Debian/Ubuntu till now.

Is there some hardware that you guys can recommend that will run Nethserver OK?

Many thanks.

(Stefano Zamboni) #2

you can use (and you really should only use) all RHEL7/Centos7 certified hw

BTW, we can’t be really helpful if you don’t give us some elements (logs ecc)

(Michael Träumner) #3

You could also try to install CentOS Server first and then the nethserver package.

(Alessandro Polidori) #4

Here is the doc: :+1:

(Oliver Johnston) #5

Thanks for the updates guys. I have had to get on other IT tasks this week, however I will come backto this at the weekend. I didn’t realize centOS was so fussy about hardware, until recently I have always used either Debian or Ubuntu which will run on almost any hardware.

One criticism; I recall last month I did try Nethserver on a Fujitsu TX1310 server and found upon install that I had the same issue I had with the Athlon system- Namely no network. It installed on the TX1310 however the drivers for the network card weren’t installed and on reading up it appeared they had to be installed separately. Unfortunately i was tight on time (as usual!) so I binned the install and put Zenyal community on instead which recognized both adapters and has worked fine except for the security updates issue. from what I read this is a centos issue. My question is why wouldn’t the card driver included with the base install?

(Michael Träumner) #6

It should be OS-standard, so I think included. Found at an official document of Fujitsu:

(Filippo Carletti) #7

I don’t think it’s about CentOS pickiness about hardware.
Support from hardware vendors is good for RHEL/CentOS.
If you ask Fujitsu, they can help you.

Maybe you hit a bug in the installer, we had similar reports in the past.
Usually, we try to find the source of the problem with some trials.
Test #1 is using the standard centos installer (it’s available in nethserver boot menu).
Test #2 is using the Unattended NethServer install.
If both work correctly, it must be a problem with NethServer Manual install.
If none work it’s probably an upstream bug (centos/rhel).

(Oliver Johnston) #8

Quick update guys, and many thanks for your help and pointers.

I have to confess I didn’t read the install failure log on my Athlon PC. I have now and it installed easy no problems. The Issue was I hadn’t made a /boot partition and had only created a / and swap with ext4 and LUKs. I forgoten you can’t boot from a LUKs partition.

Also got the network card working too.

I can begin getting to grips with it.

(Michael Träumner) #9

Please tell us how did you solve the problem with your network card.
I think best way is to edit your last post and after that you can mark it as solution.