I'm trying to set up MAAS with about 8 nodes and I've been doing the automatic install through PXE which works great. Problem is, every time I restart the machines through the MAAS web ui, the node re-installs the OS through PXE. Should I be disabling PXE after the node is up and running so that it doesn't re-install every time?

Reason I ask is, I don't see this listed in the documentation anywhere, so I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to disable PXE on that machine. Am I doing something wrong?

Edit #1 - BTW if I change the boot priority to set the PXE as the second boot, it drops me into the busybox mini shell and fails to start up.

Edit #2 Solution - Ended up having to set the rootdelay=90 on the kernel line of the boot loader and then setting the PXE boot to a lower priority fixes my issues.



Instead of disabling PXE boot altogether, just move the PXE boot a notch lower in the boot priority and then the systems will boot normally and will only start re-install when needed.

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  • That was my first thought, but I get another error stating something along the lines of "Gave up waiting for root device....." and drops me into a mini-shell. I know the problem has to do with setting the root delay in the grub bootloader, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to get to the point where I can modify the grub cfg. (I'm still sitting on the screen which shows the "Gave up waiting for root device") – h0mer Jun 21 '15 at 8:59
  • Could you edit your question to provide this crucial information, please? – Fabby Jun 21 '15 at 9:08
  • Never mind. I figured it out. Set the rootdelay=60 in the kernel startup and then changed it in the grub and updated it. Going to suck if I have to do this on every machine everytime I have to re-install Ubuntu on a node. Can't believe I wasted 4 hours on this problem. – h0mer Jun 21 '15 at 9:09
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    Even better! Post your own answer! And the next guy/girl on the block will not have to waste 4 hours! (on a Sunday!!!) ;-) – Fabby Jun 21 '15 at 9:09

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