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anaconda disk partitoning not accepted for CentOS 7 on ProLiant BL460c G1

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I have kickstarted this blade many times with various OSes, last being CentOS6.4.  I am now trying to install CentOS7 but It is failing to recognise disks, indicating 'no disks selected'.  There are 2 disks, each in RAID0 with itself as this seems to be the only way that I could do it.

Relevant section from anaconda file (this worked for CentOS 6):

part /boot      --fstype ext2   --size=200 --ondisk=cciss/c0d0
part swap                       --size=8192 --ondisk=cciss/c0d0
part pv.01      --fstype ext4   --size=1 --grow --ondisk=cciss/c0d0
part pv.02      --fstype ext4   --size=1 --grow --ondisk=cciss/c0d1

I have also tried sda with no success.  I have also simplified it by configuring RAID1 and not using disk ref in file but with no success.

I have successfully kickstarted CentOS7 on a ProLiant BL460c Gen8.
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by:mickt
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I suspect that the G1 may not support CentOS/RHEL 7
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by:mickt
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Just kickstarted a G6 with same anaconda file so it's a G1 CentOS 7 issue.

I wonder if there is a workaround for this?
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by:gheist
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Use default install ISO.
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What exactly do you mean by default install ISO?  Don't think I've ever installed a default anything.  I need specific partition table etc.
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by:gheist
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Boot minimum install ISO and set your dream partitions.
When I boot Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on that server default mirror is called /dev/sda (If you made your hands dirty with 200MB ISO image week ago you should have already figured out that this rename occured back in 2009)
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by:gheist
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http://cciss.sourceforge.net/
*New* The cciss driver has been removed from RHEL7 and SLES12. If you really want cciss on RHEL7 checkout the elrepo directory.

They say:
http://elrepo.org/tiki/kmod-cciss
(It is not easily slip-streamed with anaconda, something like USB or SD boot media has to be used)

I'd say ubuntu is the only modern system for this server.
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by:mickt
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I'm using sda, cciss was from when it was CentOS6.  I have also tried sda with no success.

Gave up on Ubuntu as I had issues with it,  Not A fan!
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by:gheist
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cciss.sf.net says cciss driver is removed from RHEL7 and SuSE 13
That leaves us with ubuntu alone ;( (ok - debian, slackware, gentoo, lfs etc)
Maybe you know how to plant elrepo cciss driver into anaconda - i dont, me happy ubuntu admin sometimes (to my understanding - etc/sysconfig -> etc/defaults
++ more not so obvious changes
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It turned out to be relatively simple as it turned out.  Just append hpsa.hpsa_simple_mode=1 & hpsa.hpsa_allow_any=1 to PXE boot file, i.e.

append ks=http://<IP>/<PATH>/<CLIENT>.cfg initrd=initrd.img ksdevice=link hpsa.hpsa_simple_mode=1 hpsa.hpsa_allow_any=1
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You can accept your comment ;)
I did not know that feature, I was under belief that the documentation is accurate, so no way to get it up and running IMO...
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One further thing of note is that I had to recreate the RAID (F8 during boot) as it didn't initially like clearing the the disks during kickstart.
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Presents disks for selection during kickstart.
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