Autoyast installation fails when multiple NICs are installed on the target server

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11

 

Situation

Automated installation via Autoyast profile
Using a network installation source

Installation loses network connection to installation source after second boot and stops with message "Cannot access installation media... Check whether the server is accessible"

Prior to losing connection to installation source the message "No configuration found for eth0" can be seen.

The installation continues and finishes successfully if an interface is manually activated with "yast lan" or "dhcpcd eth0" via a different virtual console.

Autoyast xml file contains a udev rule correctly mapping interface name with an existing NIC mac address.

   <net-udev config:type="list">
      <rule>
        <name>eth0</name>
        <rule>ATTR{address}</rule>
        <value>00:50:56:bb:52:3f</value>
      </rule>
    </net-udev>

This problem applies to virtual (VMware ESX) or physical installations
 

Resolution

Workaround

Map the interface name with its mac address via boot parameter:
udev.rule="mac=<mac address>, name=<interface>" 
 
For example:
udev.rule="mac=00:50:56:00:be:ef,name=eth1"

If PXE is being used, the above boot parameter can be added to pxe file.  For example:
 
label install
  kernel linux
  append initrd=initrd splash=verbose showopts install=nfs://<servername>/path/to/source/ autoyast=nfs://<servername>/path/to/xmlfile.xml udev.rule="mac=00:50:56:01:02:03,name=eth0"

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  • Document ID:7008631
  • Creation Date: 23-May-2011
  • Modified Date:13-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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