jgaltone

Unable to create a bootable flash drive, what am I missing?

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I am new to xpenology and I am trying to get my first install up and running on a Dell R710 server.

 

I am attempting to use this version: XPEnoboot_DS3615xs_5.2-5644.4.img

 

I was able to get the DSM up and running inside of Virtual Box (using the ISO file) and I successfully created a volume that I could access from computers on our LAN but I could not write any data to it. It acted like it was writing files to the volume (I could see transfer rates) but it never actually copied a file that was readable and it kept stopping as it was trying to write to the volume. I was also unable install any application packages.

 

So I decided to bypass virtualization and boot directly to a flash drive but my computer keeps telling me that my flash drive is not a valid boot device. I have attempted to create a bootable flash drive from both a Mac and Windows but neither of them worked as a valid boot.

 

I have watched several YouTube videos that explained how to install xpenology. None of them mentioned the step of editing the syslinux.cfg file as explained here: http://xpenology.me/how-to-update-boot-loader/

 

Can someone please explain if the editing of the syslinux.cfg is required to get the DSM to work properly?

 

Any help with making a bootable flash drive would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks.

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Hey jgaltone!

 

I was equally as confused when i tried firing up my first bare-metal version of Xpenology.

 

In short, my understanding is you only need to go in editing the syslinux.cfg if you are doing an upgrade.

 

When building my pen drive, i ignored that step and it booted, installed and ran just fine!

 

I could be totally wrong, i am equally as new to this as you....but thought i would share my findings so far :smile:

 

Hope that helps!

 

MrTPN

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jgaltone, your server is very powerful. I think it will be better to use ESXi on it.

What exactly hardware you have in server? Main parts to start xpenology bare metal is network card and SAS/SATA controller.

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Hardware:

  • Dual Xeon X5560 2.8GHZ Quad Core Processors
    32GB RAM
    Dell Perc 6/i LSI Raid Controller
    4 Broadcom NetXtreme II 5709c Gigabit Ethernet NIC

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Strange. Your Bios is configured properly to boot from a usb key?

 

Modification of the syslinux.cfg file is normally only needed to change the serial and mac addresses but which will not prevent booting DSM if not edited.

 

 

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As a test I would recommend trying to burn a ubuntu live cd on your flash drive and see if it boots. If not then it's either your hardware or a configuration problem within your bios. Could also be that the xpenoboot file got corrupted somehow.

 

 

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I think, that no one can use 2U server at home. So i reminds you, that you can't use Xpenology for your business. It's not a free software :sad:

 

Also, i'm not sure, your RAID controller is not supported by xpenology. Broadcom NetXtreme II 5709c in HCL list.

 

I found that your server supports Dell iDRAC. Can you try boot xpenology image via iDRAC?

 

What software you used to write image to usb-drive?

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Not sure if this is helpful or not, but when I did my build yesterday, I noticed my bios had selected the USB stick, but it had "Partition 1" and I had to switch the bios to point at the USB stick "without partition 1" in the name.

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As a test I would recommend trying to burn a ubuntu live cd on your flash drive and see if it boots. If not then it's either your hardware or a configuration problem within your bios. Could also be that the xpenoboot file got corrupted somehow.

 

I can boot to a flash drive running other OS's without any issues (Linux Mint, ESXi, etc.).

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Check that you are not trying to boot uefi mode. You should boot legacy mode with xpe

 

 

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Also, i'm not sure, your RAID controller is not supported by xpenology. Broadcom NetXtreme II 5709c in HCL list.

 

I found that your server supports Dell iDRAC. Can you try boot xpenology image via iDRAC?

 

What software you used to write image to usb-drive?

 

I am also not sure if my raid controller is supported. I was told in this thread (Can I use a Dell R710 PowerEdge server to run XPEnology?) that it was an LSI controller and that it should work.

 

I have not tried iDRAC but I will give it a try. I am just trying to test EXPEnology running on vSphere ESXi.

 

I tried several different methods of making the Xpenology boot drive. I originally used Win32 Disk Imager. I also tried unetbootin and tried to manually make one via terminal commands.

 

I also tried two different version of Xpenology (5.1-5055.1.img, 5.2-5644.4.img).

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Check that you are not trying to boot uefi mode. You should boot legacy mode with xpe

 

Thanks very much sbv3000. I assume you meant booting to "PXE" mode. This resolved the problem.

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Was initially going to say the same thing then I thought this would have been the 1st thing you tried. Assumptions...mother of..!

 

 

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Was initially going to say the same thing then I thought this would have been the 1st thing you tried. Assumptions...mother of..!

 

Being primarily a Mac user I had no experience with this boot mode. :oops:

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