Push InfoPrint Manager to a remote node

Important: The push installation method can seriously compromise network security if you are including principal passwords in the response files. If network security is a concern for you and if passwords are required to install InfoPrint on your systems, you should use Pull InfoPrint Manager to a remote system (unattended). This requires, however, that the remote node control server meet the minimum hardware and software requirements for InfoPrint Manager for Linux, including the appropriate graphics capabilities.
  • You must be authorized to execute commands remotely for a push installation to work properly.
  • The rshd and rexecd daemons must be running on the remote system to execute the remote installation scripts.
  • Configuring the rshd and rexecd daemons requires a system administrator and might impact your network security.

This procedure explains how to create an InfoPrint Manager software server on a remote node control server. This control server can then be used to install InfoPrint Manager on to the nodes. The mk_ip_remote script located on the InfoPrint Manager for Linux: Base Server DVD-ROM, LCD2-20035, creates the software server for you automatically.

Follow this procedure to create an InfoPrint Manager software server on a remote node control workstation:

  1. Open a Linux terminal window on any Linux server connected to the same network as the remote node control server. This server will become the InfoPrint Manager software server. The first terminal window will be used to Telnet to the remote node control server. This terminal window will be called the remote node term window. The second will be used to submit commands to the InfoPrint Manager software server. This terminal window will be called the server term window.
  2. Perform these tasks from the server term window:

    Make sure that the InfoPrint Manager DVD-ROM is inserted in the DVD-ROM drive and that the drive is mounted to /media/<mount_point> (use the command mount /dev/cdrom /media/<mount_point>).

    If you have an InfoPrint Manager Service DVD-ROM, you should insert the Service DVD-ROM first, and follow the directions below.

  3. To make the /media/<mount_point> accessible to other systems on the network, start the Network File System (NFS) services on your Linux distribution or choice.
  4. Export the/media/<mount_point> via NFS as read-only, making sure the host name of the remote node control server has access to it.

    Note: Using Network File System (NFS) to export file systems may differ between Linux distributions of your choice. For more details about the NFS, read the specific Linux documentation.

  5. Perform these tasks from the remote node terminal window:

    telnet remote_node_workstation_name

    where remote_node_workstation_name is the host name of the control workstation. Log in as root.

  6. mount InfoPrint_Manager_software_server_hostname:/media/<mount_point> /media/<mount_point> where InfoPrint_Manager_software_server_hostname is the name of the local server that you are using.
  7. This command copies the mk_ip_remote script to a local directory where it can be used to create the InfoPrint Manager software server on the remote node control server.
    cp /media/<mount_point>/mk_ip_remote /tmp/mk_ip_remote
  8. Start the installation process by entering:/tmp/mk_ip_remote -s /media/<mount_point> Follow any directions that appear on the screen. The installation proceeds until you are prompted on the SP node term window with the question:
    Do you have additional features to install?
    If you started the installation with the InfoPrint Manager Service DVD-ROM, you will instead see a message that says:
    Remove Service DVD. Insert InfoPrint Manager Base DVD. Press Enter when ready.
  9. Perform these tasks from the server term window:
    umount /media/<mount_point>

    This command unmounts the /media/<mount_point> file system on the local server so you can insert the next DVD-ROM into the DVD-ROM drive.

  10. Replace the DVD-ROM and enter:
    mount /dev/cdrom /mount/<mount_point>
  11. Perform this task from the remote node terminal window: type yes in response to the question asked in Step 8.

    The install proceeds until you are prompted on the remote node terminal window with the question:

    Do you have additional features to install?

  12. Repeat steps 9 through 11 for each InfoPrint feature DVD-ROM that you want to install until you have installed all of your features. Respond no when you have finished and the installation completes.

Note: For troubleshooting information about the installation process, refer to the specific /var/log/pd/install/*.wlog files.