grid1 Online?  //  Thursday, August 21, 2008

Okay, so I've made a bit of progress. I've gotten the operating system installed on the first of my text boxes. This is not going to be the final, for-real install. I'm just using it for testing, to work out which packages I'll need, and to road-map any snags I'll hit along the way.

The operating system I chose for the test install was Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS (Hardy Heron) Server Edition. Stupidly, I installed the 32-bit edition, so I'm going to need to wipe it fairly soon to have a realistic test environment.

I have, however, already run across two issues. The first was the installation of the development environment on Ubuntu Server. Compilers, development libraries, kernel headers et cetera are not installed by default on the Server edition for security reasons. So, finding the things I need for all of that is going to be a pain, especially since I will need to install each package individually from the command line. At least APT will streamline the process. The installation of the sun-java6-jdk package (Canonical's packaging of the Sun Java SE 6 Java Development Kit) was fairly painless, except that the sun-java6-doc package requests that you go download the documentation files yourself halfway through the install, and fails if you don't. How this makes sense is beyond me.

The second issue I hit was a networking issue, and is probably my fault. The grid will exist in a subnet dedicated purely to this purpose. IP addresses and associated FQDNs are already set up in DNS from the previous incarnation of the grid, but when I attempted to set the static IP of the new host, I lost connectivity. I will probably end up having to involve the networking department to make sure I get everything right, and it may be that I need the machines jacked in at their final location before I can assign the real IPs. That would be a huge bummer when I start doing final configurations, but for now I can survive. Also, it's never a good idea to set a new IP via SSH if there's even the slightest chance it won't take.

I will probably throw the 64-bit operating system on my test box early next week. Not expecting any problems, but inevitably there will be some.

Cheers 'til then,


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