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Re: Anaconda to install onto other partition...

On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 03:44:49AM +0800, John wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Jun 2003, Adam Haberlach wrote:
> > 	We've got a bunch of machines deployed with RedHat 7.1 and we are
> > going to be moving them to an 8.0-based platform.  Because of the nature
> > of the upgrade, we would like to effectively re-install the entire system
> > and then move over the data from the old installation to the new one.
> > I will need to do this remotely and reliably for 10-20 systems.
> > 
> > 	Luckily, we've installed all those "old" systems with an additional
> > partition pre-allocated.
> > 
> > 	I would like to know if it is possible for me to run anaconda or
> > some varient of it from a RedHat 7.1 system and have install a RedHat
> > 8 system onto another device.
> > 
> > 	Now that I think about it, I should be able to lay down a basic
> > tarball/anaconda image, chroot to it, and then let the normal
> > installer take it from there.
> > 
> > 	Has anyone done this, or does anyone have any tips on how to make
> > this work?
> I presume a major reason that you're doing this is because of the
> approaching end-of-life of RHL 7.x. If so, you should note that moving
> to RHL 8.0 doesn't buy you much time.
> I'm not keen on the idea of remote installation, because something is
> likely to go wrong, and if it does then repairing it may be difficult.

	Oh, I'm not so keen on that either.  I've been through some 
white-knuckle kernel upgrades already.  :)

	I'm hoping to avoid that problem by using the existing installation
to get a working system installed onto another partition, and then boot
into that.  If things go wrong, we can have someone onsite boot the
machine back into the original configuration for rollback or triage.

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