Tuesday, 21 November 2006
It turns out that many of the non service specific values in a YAIM site-info.def file are hard coded into the NCM-YAIM component. There are I guess some good reasons for doing this but it makes adding a new one quite a painful process. Anyway a good opportunity to try and update and release a YAIM component to CERN. Luckily as always there are ways around it and I can continue with the test installs. All five nodes installing now hoping for working system this time....
A new cluster for the production FTS service is beginning to become available to me. So far one box is ready for the new Quattor->NCM->YAIM installation with a bit of SINDES thrown in for good luck. Unfortunately some ORACLE_LOCATION values appeared to be very illusive to track down. Should be well on the way for the new hardware tomorrow.
Today was the first day installing a cluster of 5 nodes with an aim to end up with a working FTS service on the five nodes. I don't expect it for a second to work first time but anyway. Concerning how the SSH keys make their way to the SINDES server I found an answer - they are not uploaded to SINDES. This is something useful I could add to PrepareInstall. No doubt if it were there people would use it. There was meant to be a new cluster of nodes arriving yesterday for me to install, no sign of it yet.
AIMS is some magical system at CERN for maintaining kickstart, DHCP and PXE options via a command interface. Much like RALs swing device. aims is of course more complicated and a lot more magical in how it works. Seems to rely a lot of having AFS access to various directories and it is taking to time to find out the hard way to what I need access to.