Slot based Provisioning in the BladeCenter Environment keyed by MAC Address
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-13
In the BladeCenter environment customers frequently wish to associate a specific operating system image with a particular blade server slot in a particular chassis enclosure. When a server is powered on, it may use PXE or the BOOTP protocol to boot to the network. A deployment suite such as IBM's RDM product will respond to the PXE or BOOTP request. The image server will have a target image for the server keyed by the MAC address contained in the network boot request. When a customer replaces a blade in the enclosure with a new blade (for example due to a critical failure of the original blade), they may want to have the same image deployed to the blade. However, the new blade will not have the same MAC address as the blade it is replacing. Thus user intervention is required to associate the existing image with the new blade.