(Pre)SUMMARY: No diskless Boot / initial NFS over Bridges?

From: Jochen Bern (bern@penthesilea.uni-trier.de)
Date: Fri Nov 04 1994 - 11:19:42 CST

I wrote:
> we're trying to move one of our diskless ELCs over
> to his Office to make him connected. Speaking of Network Connections,
> he's across our ThinWire, over our Bridge into the Building's ThickWire,
> and over another Bridge into another ThinWire.
> When I switch that ELC on (BTW, all our SUNs run 1.1.1 B), it can
> arp/rarp, tftp, and bootparam just fine. After the bootparam Trilogy
> ("root on x, swap on y, dump on z"), it just sits there, spitting
> "NFS server failed" *immediately* followed by "NFS server OK" every
> now and then. It *does* show up in the Server's xtab.

The Problem still persists, but the Answers have almost all been
a "the Bridges can't handle the concentrated Load", while the
exact Mechanism seems to depend on what Brand of Bridges it is.
I'm currently waiting to get my Fingers onto a LAN Tester to get
that confirmed. Since I don't think we'll get better Bridges all too
soon, the short-Term Solution will be booting off a small HD while
the mid-Term Solution is that he'll get his own Cluster real_soon_now

Thanks to:
Juergen Wagner <gandalf@Csli.Stanford.EDU>
sckhoo@emtds1.nsc.com (Swee-Chuan Khoo)
Dan Stromberg <strombrg@bingy.acs.uci.edu>
P.J.Plane <P.J.Plane@massey.ac.nz>

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