AutoYaST install of single disk server with NSS and EVMS fails to boot

  • 7009108
  • 03-Aug-2011
  • 27-Apr-2012


Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 (OES 2) Linux Support Pack 3


In servers that only have a single disk device and that device will host NSS volumes, the device must be configured to be managed by EVMS.  If a system is setup with this configuration and then cloned for AutoYaST installation, the resulting AutoYaST xml file will fail on subsequent systems.  

The install will complete, but when attempting to boot the following error will occur: Because of the partitioning the boot loader cannot be initialized properly.


The partitioning section of the AutoYaST XML file needs to be modified.
The installation works by adding the following two entries into the first partitioning section:


<mountby config:type="symbol">device</mountby>

Additional Information

The first partition entry in the XML file should look something like this after the modifications:
          <create config:type="boolean">true</create>
          <filesystem config:type="symbol">ext3</filesystem>
          <format config:type="boolean">true</format>
          <mountby config:type="symbol">device</mountby>
 <partition_id config:type="integer">131</partition_id>
          <partition_nr config:type="integer">1</partition_nr>