Friday, November 18, 2011

Dell Optiplex 790 Workstations hang while rebooting with CentOS 6

I'm working on deploying a large number of Dell Optiplex 790 workstations using kickstart and CentOS 6.

During the initial testing I found that the 790's wouldn't completely reboot with CentOS 6 installed or booted into the install media. They'd get as far as "Restarting".

The solution is to pass an option to the kernel:


This can be added manually to the grub configuration file for systems already installed. For kickstarting:

1. Add the option in your kickstart file

bootloader --location=mbr --driveorder=sda --append="crashkernel=auto rhgb quiet reboot=pci" --md5pass=$1$.xxxxx

2. During the initial boot off of the CD/DVD, press TAB to alter to boot options (this is all one continuous line broken into multiple for readability)

> vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img ks=
    ip= netmask= gateway= nameserver=
    ksdevice=eth0 reboot=pci

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