Intermediate provisioning step
Since we are mostly working with headless systems, and thus cannot easily observe progress of provisioning., it would be nice to have step between "pending installation" and "finished".
I'm thinking about something like "busy" or similar. Also, not sure if we externally "fail" a system in provisioning?
- Installing centOS over PXE, sometimes the server wasn't accessible, I've waited an hour only to eventually learn internet connectivity was broken => having an intermediate "busy" step could've informed me that the system is either installing or "fail" if the installation did not go through. If I don't have either of the two states withing a few minutes, it can be implied I have network issues
- Installing windows was very similar, when using the wimaging scripts, I forgot to tell which image inside the WIM file it should use to install, this resulted in a failed build, again, I had to find this one out the hard way (since windows takes some time to install, there is no reason to be alarmed right away)
The caveat is that it should not be mandatory and that, probably, not all provisioning systems have the option to include this intermediate step as part of the templates
#4 Updated by Arend Lapere about 4 years ago
The issue mentioned definitely solves the bigger issues. The only addition my issue, at this point, has, is that I also would like to be able to try and detect network issues before the PXE installer kicks in, e.g.:
- DHCP issues
- TFTP (file not available etc.)
- No connection whatsoever
However, I'm pretty sure that 99% of the cases are already covered by the addition of a fail step so I'm going to go ahead and close this on for now.