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



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

Umm, this was a while ago at a different company, so this'll be from memory.. so please bear with me ;)

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FC4 is easier than what I did.. ;) They provide an ISO image so you can burn your own bootable CD.

<cdrom>/images/boot.iso is your friend ;)

If you want to customize it, you should be able to loop-mount it, and make modifications.

If you want to fully customize it, the isolinux instructions (http://syslinux.zytor.com/iso.php) will help.

But yea, 'cd /tmp;mkdir boot;mount -oloop boot.iso boot/', remove some of the msg files that aren't needed, customize 'isolinux.cfg', throw a 'ks.cfg' in to the fray, and away you go.

bkx

thanks everybody for your time
Kenneth

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

boot> linux ks=http://some.server/ks.cfg ip=1.2.3.4 netmask=255.255.255.128 gateway=1.2.3.1 dns=1.2.3.2

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.

bkx

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