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



Hello Kenneth,
                 One other way is to use PXE boot and kickstart, this is probably more useful if you have lots of nodes to build. Just reading it may help you decide what you want to do.

http://www.stanford.edu/~alfw/PXE-Kickstart/PXE-Kickstart.html

This link is a good place to start I think.


Thanks

Arun

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[mailto:kickstart-list-bounces redhat com]On Behalf Of kenneth graham
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 2:32 AM
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Subject: 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
Kenneth


>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=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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