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Wednesday, September 14 • 16:40 - 17:20
Diskless Booting of RPi 400 Using Bootp, tftp, iscsi and NFS - Pascal van Dam, Poortier Management

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The RPi 400 are ideal candidates that can replace workstations in class rooms. Running a 4 c-core ARM64 processor, 4GiB of memory, a network adapater and video connectors built in a small 'keyboard' casing make them ideal replacements for class room workstations. However the SD cards that these SBCs boot from are very fragile. Booting from USB sticks would be better, but having them boot remotely over the network would also solve the management problem. In this presentation Pascal will talk you to the process of engineering a solution that will allow the RPi 400 but also other Raspberry Pi's to boot from the network. The PIs will bootstrap using bootp and tftpboot and then connect an iSCSI root disk to boot from. In the talk I will discuss issue we faced like how to keep the kernel and initrd up-to-date after doing an OS upgrade. The whole solution is automated with Ansible so one can quickly roll out tens of RPi 400's. The icing on the cake is central user management with a NFS based home share and centralized user management either by FreeIPA or Active Directory with Samba.


Pascal van Dam

Linux & K8S Architect, Poortier Management
Pascal is a proud father of 4 sons. The eldest one has already joined the company and the 2nd eldest one is eager to join the company in 2022. He is working in the IT branche since 1996 and has worked for several companies like IBM, Cap Gemini, Belastingdienst, ING and Robeco. Right... Read More →

Wednesday September 14, 2022 16:40 - 17:20 IST
Liffey Meeting Room 3 (Level 1)