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Re: bootable CD or diskette for FC3, how can i do it?

hi Stuart ...

may I know how you did the your custom CD bootable ? but please give me some details of
HOW-TO like for dummies :)

thanks everybody for your time

From: "Stuart J. Browne" <sjbrowne bluebottle com>
Reply-To: Discussion list about Kickstart <kickstart-list redhat com>
To: "Discussion list about Kickstart" <kickstart-list redhat com>
Subject: Re: bootable CD or diskette for FC3, how can i do it?
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 09:36:12 +1100

can i boot form CD 1 of FC3 and when I get the "boot> " wirte :

boot> linux ks=http://some.server/ks.cfg ip= netmask= gateway= dns=

You said you have a DHCP server, why not use it?  anyway..

and after take the CD out, because i suppose that he will take the packages that I specified inside the ks.cfg from the http server?

I can't remember if it tries to access the boot media again, but it will take the packages from the source defined in the ks.cfg file, where ever it came from, i.e. I used to use a HTTP ks, with NFS packages.

i have many servers to do the same, so I think i will put everything in the http server, with different ks.cfg

*nod* good.

do i need to have all of the packages in the same directory?

There are two ways. Yes, one is to put all the packages in the Fedora/RPMS/ structure (as it appears on the CD's), so all the RPM's end up in the same directory. The other involves using ISO files, but that isn't available for all file-transfer methods.

Reading the documentation on setting up a KS server would help:

http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-9-Manual/custom-guide/ch-kickstart2.html (part 8+9) and http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-9-Manual/install-guide/s1-begininstall-net.html.

>4. is it possible to do the kickstart installation with a diskette? if
yes, how?

It's possible to put the kickstart file on a floppy, but you can't boot
from one as the install images have grown too large in recent releases.

What I did was to create a custom bootable CD with update network and IO drivers on it for my systems, but I was using dynamically generated ks configurations, and DHCP in order to automate the entire process.

An alternative I'd recommend looking into if you'll be doing a lot of
installs is network booting, where all the configuration can live on the
server and there's no need to create custom floppies or CDs per host or
per subnet.


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