Well, we did it. We now have 4 GB CF images to boot our JackRabbit’s from SuSE 10.2 and 10.3, RHEL 4 and 5, OpenFiler 2.2 (2.3 also works), and Ubuntu.
This is nice in that it is simple to replicate our installs. Installing SuSE 10.2 is painful (Zenworks … thats all you have to say)
Myricom 10 GbE drivers, and we will make sure we have the Intel ixgbe drivers as well. IB for the SuSE/RHEL builds … still working on a good IB build for Ubuntu (have one now, but it was far too manual a process … I want to automate it).
Next revisions will incorporate iSCSI and NFSoverRDMA.
Now if I could boot Windows 200x x64 server this way (and put it on a CF) I would be really happy … . Possibly Solaris, but we have had one inquiry for that in 1.5 years, so I am not sure it is worth the effort (would it know how do deal with CF???)
If anyone wants to order some pre-configured CF with boot images, please do let me know. Happy to supply them if people need.