Radxa ROCK PI 4c
You will need
- an SD card
Download the latest alpha
curl -Lo /usr/local/bin/talosctl https://github.com/talos-systems/talos/releases/latest/download/talosctl-$(uname -s | tr "[:upper:]" "[:lower:]")-amd64 chmod +x /usr/local/bin/talosctl
Download the Image
Download the image and decompress it:
curl -LO https://github.com/talos-systems/talos/releases/latest/download/metal-rockpi_4-arm64.img.xz xz -d metal-rockpi_4-arm64.img.xz
Writing the Image
The path to your SD card can be found using
fdisk on Linux or
diskutil on macOS.
In this example, we will assume
dd the image to your SD card:
sudo dd if=metal-rockpi_4-arm64.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 conv=fsync bs=4M
Bootstrapping the Node
Insert the SD card to your board, turn it on and wait for the console to show you the instructions for bootstrapping the node. Following the instructions in the console output to connect to the interactive installer:
talosctl apply-config --insecure --interactive --nodes <node IP or DNS name>
Once the interactive installation is applied, the cluster will form and you can then use
Retrieve the admin
kubeconfig by running:
Boot Talos from an SSD Drive
Note: this is only tested on Rock PI 4c
Rock PI 4 has an M2 slot which supports NVMe disks. It is possible to run Talos without any SD cards right from that SSD disk.
The pre-installed SPI loader won’t be able to chain Talos u-boot on the SSD drive because it’s too outdated. The official docs on booting from the SSD also propose using an outdated SPI to flash u-boot.
Instead, it is necessary to update u-boot to a more recent version for this process to work. The Armbian u-boot build for Rock PI 4c has been proved to work: https://users.armbian.com/piter75/.
- Flash any OS to the SD card (can be Armbian for example).
- Download Armbian u-boot and update SPI flash:
curl -LO https://users.armbian.com/piter75/rkspi_loader-v20.11.2-trunk-v2.img sudo dd if=rkspi_loader-v20.11.2-trunk-v2.img of=/dev/mtdblock0 bs=4K
- Optionally, you can also write Talos image to the SSD drive right from your Rock PI board:
curl -LO https://github.com/talos-systems/talos/releases/latest/download/metal-rockpi_4-arm64.img.xz xz -d metal-rockpi_4-arm64.img.xz sudo dd if=metal-rockpi_4-arm64.img.xz of=/dev/nvme0n1
- remove SD card and reboot.
After these steps, Talos will boot from the SSD and enter maintenance mode. The rest of the flow is the same as running Talos from the SD card.