[Kolla-Ansible][Ironic] Baremetal node Cleaning fails in UEFI mode, but succeeds in Legacy Bios Mode

Buddhika Godakuru bsanjeewa at kln.ac.lk
Mon Aug 23 17:49:19 UTC 2021

Dear Anirudh,
I do remember I also had some odd behaviour with HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10
server when using UEFI boot. I was using bifrost to deploy the server with
Kayobe (before deploying the cloud services).
I could overcome the issue by adding capability "boot_mode:uefi" to the
node. So my complete capability string was
Using guide Ironic Advanced Features Guide [1].

Hope this helps

[1] https://docs.openstack.org/ironic/wallaby/install/advanced.html

On Mon, 23 Aug 2021 at 20:24, Anirudh Gupta <anyrude10 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Julia,
> Thanks for your reply.
> There is also an update that with Centos 8.4 Partition Disk Image, I am
> able to successfully provision the baremetal node. With Centos 8.4 ISO and
> Wholedisk Image the behaviour is the same that it doesn't boot from Hard
> disk.
> Please find below my setup details:
> I am using *HP server DL380 Gen9* with *BIOS P89 v2.76 (10/21/2019)* with
> *IPMI* utility
> Hard disk is the first priority followed by 1GB NIC which I have set to PXE
> I don't find any logs in /var/log/ironic/deploy_logs. However there is a
> folder */var/log/kolla/ironic/*, but there are no deploy_logs in that
> folder
> I have downloaded the kolla source image from docker hub
> docker pull kolla/centos-source-ironic-conductor:wallaby
> Similar images have been downloaded by kolla ansible for other ironic
> components
> Regards
> Anirudh Gupta
> On Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 9:56 PM Julia Kreger <juliaashleykreger at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 7:07 AM Anirudh Gupta <anyrude10 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi Mark,
>>> There was some issue with the cleaning image due to which the issue
>>> reported in previous conversation was observed.
>>> This was successfully resolved.
>>> By setting the parameter in ironic.conf file
>>> [pxe]
>>> uefi_ipxe_bootfile_name =  ipxe-x86_64.efi
>>> The "node provide" command successfully executed and the node came in
>>> "available" state.
>>> *In Legacy:*
>>> When I am trying to create the server using "server create " command and
>>> a userimage is passed in the command, the procedure is that the node will
>>> install userimage over the network and then will be rebooted
>>> After the reboot, it will boot up with the Hard disk and with the OS
>>> specified in userimage.
>>> *In UEFI:*
>>> When I am trying to create the server using "server create " command and
>>> a userimage is passed in the command, the procedure of installing user
>>> image and rebooting remains the same.
>>> But After the reboot, despite setting the hard disk as the first
>>> priority,  it again starts booting over the network and eventually fails.
>>> This is very very likely an issue with the vendor's firmware. We've seen
>> some instances where the bmc refuses to honor the request to change *or*
>> where it is honored for a single boot operation only. In part some of this
>> may be due to improved support in handling UEFI boot signaling where the
>> wrong thing could occur, at least with IPMI.
>> In order to create a fix or workaround, we need the following information:
>> Are you using IPMI or Redfish? If your using IPMI, you should consider
>> using Redfish.
>> What is the hardware vendor?
>> What is the BMC firmware version?
>> Is the BMC set to always network boot by default completely?
>> In UEFI, what does the machine report for the efibootmgr output. Your
>> deployment agent logs actually have this output already in the journal.
>> Typically /var/log/ironic/deploy_logs. We've seen some hardware act
>> completely disjointed from the EFI NVRAM, or where it resets the EFI NVRAM
>> when we request a one time override.
>> Most importantly, what is the version of ironic and ironic-python-agent?
>>> I have also tried passing the *capabilities='boot_option:local' *both
>>> in baremetal node and flavor, but the behaviour is the same.
>>> Regards
>>> Anirudh Gupta
>>> [trim]


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