Remote installation of Linux Access Gateway fails on VMWare

  • 7000954
  • 17-Jul-2008
  • 26-Apr-2012

Environment

Novell Access Management 3 Linux Access Gateway

Situation

Linux Access Gateway CD was mounted on a remote Web server. Using the 'install=' statement on the install, the admin planned to do a Linux Access Gateway (LAG) install remotely, which failed. The exact steps used were:

1. Create a new VM (using VMware Workstation 6.0.2 on Linux)  with a 20GB hard drive and 512MB RAM. Point the CDROM to the iso image:  AM_303_SP3_LinuxAccessGateway.iso. This is just for booting the VM.
2. Mount the same iso to a directory on my Apache server.
3. Boot the VM and select Advanced Installation and add the boot options:
 x11i=fbdev install=http://192.168.1.3/install/am3sp3lag
4. Click "I Agree" to the license agreement.
5. Leave language English(US) selected and click Accept.
6. Leave Installation Settings at default values and click Accept and then click "Yes, install".
7. The installation proceeds to install all of the necessary packages.
8. After the package copy, it reboots as part of the normal installation.
9. During a CD install, you would next be asked for additional configuration starting with the root user password. Instead, I get the following errors on the console:
 
 No root device found; exiting to /bin/sh
 sh: can't access tty: job control turned off

Resolution

Use an IDE HDD environment and not a SCSI one in the VM config. There are known issue with SCSI disks on VMWare. Trying with IDE HDD in VMWare environment (using custom creation of VMmachines) allowed the install to go fine and device got imported.

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