so in the last days I've updated nearly 40 machines. Different setup and some minor changes for some nodes took some time. After all I have to say - it's working great. But using external sources seems to slow down everything and causes sometimes trouble. Currently some nodes stopping the installation, because a check sum error is reported etc. pp. (yesterday, the same worked perfect!) or packages are not found....
I'm currently thing about downloading all files from the different sources and create from this rpm folder my own repository. Has anybody done this before ? Beside the disk space (not a problem here) - is there anything speaking against it ?
Just as a background info: We are using a GFS (StorNEXT) which is only supported for RH and SLES. So we have to use the SLES with a software state which is supported. The software state is used on all other nodes (not part of the GFS, but part of the cluster) as well. Normaly the HPC cluster is only updated in major steps (SLES 10SP2->SLES11SP1). In the meantime defect notes are replaced and get the same software state as the allready running system.