Slave BIOS Initial Configuration
NOTE: This procedure assumes that the machine comes shipped with virgin
hard disk installed. There will be slight variations for those machines
shipped with NT. The procedure for cloning is different if the machine
is being cloned for the first time (virgin disk, no installed or operating
linux) or if the system is up and running, but the desire is to re-clone.
If the system is being cloned for the first time, you will need to set
up the BIOS as below, otherwise, you can skip to the next page.
You should now have a LinuxNFS option at boot up. You will use this to
boot Linux from the Master (which will set up the disk partition tables
and copy Linux onto the new node) over the network.
Reset the machine.
Note: if the version of AlphaBIOS is not up to date, it may be desirable
to update it as described here.
After the initial memory test, press <F2> to enter the AlphaBIOS Setup
Highlight 'Utilities' => 'OS Selection Setup'.
Press <Enter> at "No Operating System Selections" warning box.
NOTE: For a tabular version of the following settings, go here.
Set Boot Name to LinuxNFS and press <Tab>.
Set Boot File to 'A:', press <Tab>, type 'linload.exe'
and press <Tab>.
Set OS Path to 'CD:', press <Tab>, type '\' and press <Tab>.
Set OS Load Options to:
boot -t msdos fd:v.gz nfsroot=192.168.2.1:/nfsr nfsaddrs=:192.168.2.1::255.255.255.0::eth0:bootp
Press <Enter> to finish. Press <Enter> again at warning screen.
Save changes by pressing the <F10> key and <Enter> to confirm.
Press <Esc> <Esc> to get to the OS Loader screen.
Note: is is also desirable in the CMOS setup, to change default time
to boot from 30 secs to 5.