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scortum setup (again)

Last week, scortum’s hard disk died. And with it all our vms and data. Not a good thing.

So I bought two new 500 GB sata disks. Now we’re running RAID-1 with LVM on top of it.
I’m going to detail all the steps we took to actually get it running (for future reference).

Initially I had used ubuntu 9.10 beta, but vmware server 2 gave me enough problems with it to blow up the install and go back to ubuntu 9.04.

With 9.04 getting the full disk on LVM2+RAID didn’t work at all. It would install, but then either lilo would not startup or the kernel would panic. So i moved /boot off to a separate partition and / and /home on LVM2+RAID. This way even if the disk dies, the data should be safe.

Steps:

  1. Setup Ubuntu 9.04 with /boot on /dev/sda1, / and /home on a LVM2+RAID-1.
  2. Install approx.Update /etc/approx/approx.conf to
    ubuntu http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
    security http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
  3. Create /etc/apt/sources.list.approx with following content:
    deb http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty main restricted
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty main restricted
    
    ## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
    ## distribution.
    deb http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty-updates main restricted
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty-updates main restricted
    
    ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    ## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
    ## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    deb http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty universe
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty universe
    deb http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty-updates universe
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty-updates universe
    
    ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    ## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
    ## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
    ## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
    ## security team.
    deb http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty multiverse
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty multiverse
    deb http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty-updates multiverse
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty-updates multiverse
    
    ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
    ## repository.
    ## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
    ## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
    ## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
    ## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
    ## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    deb http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/ubuntu/ jaunty-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    
    ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
    ## 'partner' repository.
    ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
    ## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
    deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu jaunty partner
    deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu jaunty partner
    
    deb http://scortum:9999/security jaunty-security main restricted
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/security jaunty-security main restricted
    deb http://scortum:9999/security jaunty-security universe
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/security jaunty-security universe
    deb http://scortum:9999/security jaunty-security multiverse
    deb-src http://scortum:9999/security jaunty-security multiverse
  4. Move sources.list to sources.list.original
  5. Create a soft link from sources.list to sources.list.approx
  6. sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  7. Reboot (to get the new kernel)
  8. sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r` xinetd
  9. Download VMWare server 2 (I got 2.0.1-156745.x86_64)
  10. The vmware-config.pl script needs to be patched for building vsock module. Download this perl script (From http://www.bauer-power.net/2009/03/how-to-install-vmware-server-2-on.html
  11. Run vmware-install.pl but say no to running vmware-config.pl . Then run this command:
    sudo patch /usr/bin/vmware-config.pl /path/to/downloaded/vmware-config.pl
  12. Now run vmware-config.pl

(Will keep updating this post)

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