So, my (now multiple day) installation fiasco has finally come to an end, and I’ve concluded that Rockstor’s installer doesn’t seem to like installing on any system built with recent hardware.
My first installation attempt was admittedly on something not yet fully supported:
Ryzen 5 1600
MSI B350M Mortar Arctic
Samsung 950 Pro 250Gb M2 NVMe SSD.
I was surprised to see that the installer screenshots from the ISOLINUX bootloader didn’t match my own, there was no logo, and the installation options stated to install CentOS, not Rockstor.
This failed shortly after selecting to boot the system, with the dreaded:
dracut-initqueue: Warning: dracut-initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts dracut-initqueue: Warning: /dev/root does not exist
I cannot remember the initial message at the moment, I’ll try and find it again later.
After this installation failure, I noted from various reports that Ryzen doesn’t work from the installer (though boots fine after install and update), and that it doesn’t like recent video cards.
I them attempted on my personal desktop, after swapping out the M2 SSD for the one I wanted as an install target, and removing the GTX970 graphics card:
Intel Core I7 6700K MSI Z170 Krait Gaming Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD (same drive as before)
This installation failed again, /dev/root does not exist. I’m guessing at this point that it doesn’t like systems with NVMe slots.
I attempted the same on my Laptop, with a SATA SSD attached, however this failed with a new error:
nouveau E[ DRM] Pointer to flat panel table invalid
After some table flipping, and unfortunately targeting my anger in some harsh words to the missus, I decided to attempt the installation on something vastly more dated, a HP Gen8 Microserver, with the SATA SSD attached.
Lo and Behold, the ISOLINUX screen showed the Rockstor logo, and correct OS name.
This installation was entirely successful. I was able to install and update the OS, then re-attach the SATA SSD to the Ryzen with no further issues.
Unfortunately, I forgot to select BTRFS for the partitioning scheme, and it told me to go away.
I’m on my
Next, I intend to DD the installed Rockstor from the SATA SDD to the NVMe SSD on the Ryzen. I wonder what surprises lie in store for me here…