Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

While installing node controller I receive this fatal error:

Failed to retrieve the preconfiguration file
The file needed for preconfiguration could not be retrieved from :8774/preseed/preseed.conf. The installation will
proceed in non-automated mode.

How do I fix this?

share|improve this question
Do you reinstall of CC? – alvosu Jan 30 '11 at 15:16

This looks to me like you have either

  1. Installation problem in the Cluster Controller, from the same Cluster Controller machine that you can telnet to the 8774 port at IP

    • Also check tha tIP really belongs to the Cluster Controller, could be a misconfiguration
  2. Network problem between the Node Controller and the Cluster Controller

    • Check that both are in the same network (not required but highly useful for small clusters)

In any case preseed is not really required for installing a node controller if you have direct console access to it somehow...

share|improve this answer

edit IP info in /etc/networking/interfaces on Cloud Controller. Reboot controller. run ps -ef | grep avahi

If IP matches controller then try again on node cluster

share|improve this answer

I ran into the same problem when doing a PXE boot of the Node Controller.

the problem arise when the Node Controller was synching in with the Cluster controller.

It seemed to be that the Cluster controller took over the TFTP session.

I installed the Node Controller from a CD, then it was no problem. We should report this bug (in my opinion) to Ubuntu....

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.