[et-mgmt-tools] virt-manager install from PXE

Michael DeHaan mdehaan at redhat.com
Thu Sep 6 14:45:53 UTC 2007

Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 06, 2007 at 04:31:04PM +0200, Farkas Levente wrote:
>> hi,
>> in our environment we 'd like to use kvm to test our pxe installs since
>> all of our system is installed via pxe, so the kickstart files and all
>> other part of the installation should have to be checked.
>> it's currently not possible to use virt-manager to install from a PXE
>> netboot. in qemu since 0.9 it has a boot option 'n' to boot from
>> network. it'd useful to add such an option in virt-manager install
>> settings (just one checkbox:-). is it require a big changes?
>> thanks in advance.
> It is a fairly simple change & one we're planning to make in the near future
> libvirt already supports configuring a guest to boot from network so we just
> need UI to enable that choice, and a fix to virt-install to allow that as an
> install source
> Dan.

Just throwing a few more ideas out there -- if you're wanting to deploy 
Linux, in either Xen (paravirt), or qemu/kvm ... this is what koan
was written for. (We don't do Xen fullvirt yet since it wants an ISO to 

See http://cobbler.et.redhat.com

However I do agree that real PXE for virt guests would be quite 
useful... (and you could still
use Cobbler to manage that PXE config in that case).

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