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The performance of iLO 3 virtual media is faster when image files are used.
There are two way to use this capability
If you PC is not connected to local network I strongly recommend using FTP or HTTP protocol for virtual CD ROM. Over regular VPN transfer of such an amount of data is not reliable and disconnects are common.
ISO images are recognized only in virtual CD/DVD ROM menu. ISO interface allow copying URL from browser to avoid mistakes.
You can use FTP and HTTP protocols with or without authentication
http://ti241.myplace.my-corp.com/SLES-11-SP1-DVD-x86_64-GM-DVD1.isoYou can also try ftp
NOTE: ISO interface allow copying path to avoid mistakes.
Here documentation is especially bad. It looks like translation from some other language to English. Here is pretty telling part:
To use a physical CD/DVD-ROM drive in your client PC:
1. Select IRC within the Remote Console section. --[There is no IRC section in Remote control section]
2. Select the Virtual Drive tab --[There is no Virtual tab section]
and then select the drive letter of the desired physical CD/DVD-ROM --[There is no drop-menu with drive letters to select from] drive on your client PC from the drop-down menu.
The trick to understand this paragraph is that they are talking about a tab named "Virtual drive" on the remote console screen, not about Remote console/Remote console section of ILO3 main menu :-). Please note that there is no IRC tab on remote console screen either, only "Virtual drive" tab.
To use an image file [from local drive]:
- Select IRC within Remote Console section (shoud be screen -- NNB).
- Select the Virtual Drive tab and then select Image.
- Enter the path or file name of the image in the textbox or click Browse to locate the image file using the Choose Disk Image File dialog.
To use an image file through URL[IIS\Apache]:
- Select IRC within Remote Console section.
- Select the Virtual Drive tab and then select URL.
- Enter the path or file name of the image in the textbox.
When Virtual CD/DVD-ROM is connected, virtual devices are available to the host server until you close the IRC session. When you are finished using the Virtual CD/DVD-ROM, you can choose to disconnect the device from the host server or close the IRC. The Virtual Media applet must remain open when using a Virtual Media Device. iLO 3 Virtual Media CD/DVD-ROM will be available to the host server at run time if the operating system on the host server supports USB floppy drives.
Refer to "Operating system USB support" for information on which operating systems support USB mass storage at the time of the publication of this manual.
iLO 3 Virtual Media CD/DVD-ROM appears to your operating system just like any other CD/DVD-ROM.
When using iLO 3 for the first time, the host operating system might prompt you to complete a New Hardware Found wizard.
When you are finished using iLO 3 virtual media and disconnect it, you might receive a warning message from the host operating system regarding unsafe removal of a device. This warning can be avoided by using the operating system-provided feature to stop the device before disconnecting it from the Virtual Media. 86 Using iLO 3 Virtual Media CD/DVD-ROM operating system notes.
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003 The virtual CD/DVD-ROM displays automatically after Windows has recognized the mounting of the USB device.
Use it as you would a locally attached CD/DVD-ROM device.
Linux Red Hat Linux On servers with a locally attached IDE CD/DVD-ROM, the virtual CD/DVD-ROM device is accessible at /dev/cdrom1.
However, on servers without a locally attached CD/DVD-ROM, such as the BL c-Class blade systems, the virtual CD/DVD-ROM is the first CD/DVD-ROM accessible at /dev/cdrom.
The virtual CD/DVD-ROM can be mounted as a normal CD/DVD-ROM device using: mount /mnt/cdrom1 .
SLES 9 , SLES10 and SLES 11 The SLES 9 operating system places USB-connected CD/DVD-ROMs in a different location and the virtual CD/DVD-ROM can be found at /dev/scd0, unless a USB-connected local CD/DVD-ROM is present, if so, it would be /dev/scd1.
The virtual CD/DVD-ROM can be mounted as a normal CD/DVD-ROM device using: mount /dev/scd0 /media/cdrom11 For step-by-step instructions, see
Mounting USB Virtual Media CD/DVD-ROM in Linuxh (page 87).
Mounting USB Virtual Media CD/DVD-ROM in Linux
1. Access iLO 3 through a browser.
2. Select IRC within Remote Console section.
3. Select the Virtual Drive tab.
4. Select the CD/DVD-ROM to be used.
5. Mount the drive using the following command: mount /dev/cdrom1 /mnt/cdrom1 For SLES 9: mount /dev/scd0 /media/cdrom1 Creating iLO 3 disk image files The iLO 3 virtual media feature enables you to create diskette and CD-ROM image files within the same applet.
Creation of DVD image files using the Virtual Media applet is not supported.
The image files created from the applet are ISO-9660 file system images.
The performance of iLO 3 virtual media is faster when image files are used.The utility to create iLO 3 Virtual Floppy and CD-ROM disk image files is integrated into the Virtual Media applet; however, images can also be created using industry-standard tools, such as DD.
To create an image file: 1.
Select Java Integrated Remote Console within the Remote Console section.
2. Select the Create Disk Image option from the Virtual Drive tab.
Virtual media 87 3. Enter the path or file name in the textbox, or click Browse to select an existing image file or to change the directory in which the image file is to be created.
4. Click Create. The virtual media applet begins the process of creating the image file. The process is complete when the progress bar reaches 100%. To cancel the creation of an image file, click Cancel. The Disk>>Image option is used to create image files from physical diskettes or CD-ROMs. The Image>>Disk option is not valid for a Virtual CD-ROM image. The Disk>>Image button changes to Image>>Disk when clicked. Use this button to switch from creating image files from physical diskettes to creating physical floppy diskettes from image files. Virtual folder The iLO 3 Virtual Folder emulates a USB device, dynamically creating a media image of a selected folder or directory. After creating a virtual image of a folder or directory, the server connects to the created image as a USB storage device, enabling you to browse to the server and transfer the files from the iLO 3 generated image to any location on the server. The Virtual Folder feature is only available within the IRC. The virtual folder is non-bootable, read-only, and the mounted folder is static. Changes to the client file are not replicated in the mounted folder.
Virtual Folder is a licensed feature available with the purchase of iLO 3 Advanced or iLO 3 Select.
The virtual folder feature enables you to access, browse, and transfer files from a client to a managed server.
The virtual folder feature supports the ability to mount and dismount a directory on a local or networked directory that is accessible through the client, mounted and dismounted as a Virtual Media device.
Virtual folder operating system notes .
You cannot use a physical local floppy drive and the Virtual Folder simultaneously.
Windows Virtual Folder appears automatically after Microsoft Windows recognizes the mounting of the virtual USB device.
You can use the folder as you would a locally attached device.
Virtual 88 Using iLO 3 Folder is non-bootable.
Attempting to boot from the folder might prevent the server from booting.
Red Hat and SLES Linux Linux supports the use of Virtual Folder.
Virtual Folder uses a FAT 16 file system format.
For more information, see Mounting USB Virtual Media/USB Key in Linux (page 84).
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