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Ignite-UX Quick Start Guide: Create an Ignite-UX Server and Cold-Install Clients > Chapter 2 Cold-installing a Client Across the Network

Add a Network Entry for the Client to the IP Address File on the Server.


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This process is machine-dependent; follow the procedure for Intel Itanium-based or PA-RISC-based, depending on your client system type.

Procedure for Itanium-based machines
  1. Collect client information. To allow a client to boot from the Ignite-UX server, you must add information about the client to the appropriate file on the Ignite-UX server. The following information is required:

    • Hardware address (ha) – the client's MAC address.

    • IP address (ip) – the client's assigned internet address.

    For more information on adding client information to the /etc/bootptab file, see the documentation within the /etc/bootptab file and the HP-UX IP Address and Client Management Administrator's Guide: HP-UX 11i v2, HP-UX 11i v3, specifically the section on adding client or relay information. HP-UX technical documentation can be found at http://docs.hp.com.

  2. Edit the /etc/bootptab file (don't worry that it appears to be [Read-only]):

    # vi /etc/bootptab

  3. Add an entry for your client. A typical bootptab file has a generic, default client specification defined, identified by tc=. In this example, ignite-defaults is that entry. If your bootptab has a different default specification, substitute it for ignite-defaults. The MAC address should be in hexadecimal, but without the leading “0x”.

    The following is an example bootptab entry. For information on what each entry means, see bootpd(1M).

    ignite-defaults:\ ht=ethernet:\ hn:\ dn=domain_name.com:\ gw=\ sm=\ ds=\ vm=rfc1048:\ bf=/opt/ignite/boot/nbp.efi: iuxclient1:\ tc=ignite-defaults:\ ha=0018FE2F01B3:\ ip=

  4. Save the /etc/bootptab file and exit vi:


Procedure for PA-RISC-based machines
  1. Edit the /etc/opt/ignite/instl_boottab file (don't worry that it appears to be [Read-only]):

    # vi /etc/opt/ignite/instl_boottab

  2. Add an entry for your client. If a network entry already exists for your client, you may edit it so it looks like the entry below. The client's MAC address should be in hexadecimal, with a leading “0x”.


  3. Save the /etc/opt/ignite/instl_boottab file and exit vi:



To get the MAC address for an Itanium-based system, select EFI Shell from the boot menu

and then use the lanaddress command.

Use the exit command to return to the boot menu.

To get the MAC address for a PA-RISC system, interrupt the boot process at the To discontinue, press any key within 10 seconds prompt.

Enter the Information menu by typing in. Then enter LanAddress.

If your client system is already running HP-UX, you can get the MAC address of the client by using the lanscan command. You may use any MAC address that is physically connected to the network. Note that the lanscan command reports the MAC address with a leading “0x”, which must be removed before entering it in the /etc/bootptab file. The leading “0x” is required in the /etc/opt/ignite/instl_boottab file.

MAC addresses sometimes appear on computer system labels, packaging, and documentation shipped with systems.

The /etc/opt/ignite/instl_boottab file includes extensive descriptive comments.

Configuring an Ignite-UX server for booting clients is discussed in the section on making configuration decisions for Ignite-UX servers in the Ignite-UX Administration Guide found at http://www.docs.hp.com/en/IUX/infolib.html.

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