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Booting from a USB drive key

Some applications require the use of a writable medium. While booting from CD is not suitable for this purpose, a USB drive key provides the ideal medium for this type of activity.

NOTE: Booting from a USB drive key is supported only on certain ProLiant servers. For more information, see the HP Insight Foundation suite for ProLiant website.

To set up a USB drive key to boot the Toolkit environment:

  1. Create a FAT file system. In this example, the USB drive key is /dev/sda:

    cd toolkit/

    mkdosfs -I /dev/sda

  2. Use SYSLINUX to install the ldlinux.sys bootloader:

    ./boot_files/syslinux /dev/sda

  3. Copy the boot and Toolkit files to the USB drive key:

    mount /dev/sda /mnt/usbkey/

    cp boot_files/syslinux.cfg boot_files/vmlinuz boot_files/initrd.img /mnt/usbkey/

    cp -a scripts/ /mnt/usbkey/

    cp -a utilities/ /mnt/usbkey/

    cp -a linux_unattend/ /mnt/usbkey/

  4. Customize the scripts for your environment:

    vi /mnt/usbkey/linux_unattend/rhel4/syslinux-rh.cfg

    In the syslinux-rh.cfg file, be sure to modify the sstk_script boot option parameter to refer to your customized script.

    vi /mnt/usbkey/syslinux.cfg

    vi /mnt/usbkey/scripts/

    Be sure to modify the syslinux.cfg and files to refer to your network server.

  5. Copy the bootdisk image from the Red Hat CD:

    cp RHEL4-i386-AS-disc1.iso/images/diskboot.img /mnt/usbkey/linux_unattend/rhel4/

    umount /mnt/usbkey/

  6. Test the USB boot process:
    1. Insert the USB drive key in the server. If the server already has a C drive, change the IPL order to ensure that the USB drive key boots before the C drive of the primary controller. After the drive key boots, the syslinux information and a Boot: prompt appears.
    2. At the Boot: prompt, press the Enter key. A progress bar and the Toolkit boot messages appear. After processing is complete, the / script on the USB drive key is executed.

The drive key has been successfully prepared.