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Re: How to constrain the install through kickstart to one drive



Ah...  I see a glimmer of light.  Excellent!  I will read up on the %pre 
section.  The load is always a standard so the kickstart file should be easy 
in that respect.  Thank you very much for the pointer.

Phil


On September 18, 2007 14:45:00 Broekman, Maarten wrote:
> If you always know that the drive you want to install on is /dev/sda,
> --ondisk will do the trick.  The tricky part comes if different machines
> have their drives addressed in different ways (/dev/hda, /dev/sda, etc).
> In those cases you can still use a single ks file be creative use of the
> %pre section to determine the correct disk name to clear and partition.
>
> I use a single ks file for each RHEL (one for RHEL3, one for RHEL4, etc)
> regardless of whether I'm installing on a physical machine
> (/dev/cciss/c0d0) or virtual machine (/dev/sda) by checking the loaded
> modules (lsmod) in the %pre section and then changing the partition
> table accordingly.  This also lets me address different drive sizes in
> different ways.
>
> On the other hand, the kickstart files become a bit more complicated and
> the chance of errors in the kickstart file go up, but it is possible.
> The use of multiple kickstart files also depends on the application
> loadout of the systems you're installing on.  If all the systems get the
> same package load, then one kickstart file is easy to maintain.  If
> different servers get different loads, then it's much easier to manage
> that with multiple kickstart files.
>
> Maarten Broekman
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:redhat-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Phil Savoie
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> Subject: Re: How to constrain the install through kickstart to one drive
>
> Thanks for responding both Andrew and Maarten.
>
> Ok then,  I was hoping that there was a way to say, regardless of what
> drives
> are installed in the pc, just load the drive that's hanging off Primary
> Master and leave the rest alone?  This is basically what I want to do.
> I
> just didn't want to go through the pc's to find out exactly what type of
>
> drives are installed.  Not to start an OS flame war but I can do this in
>
> Solaris using the keyword "bootdisk" in the jumpstart profile.  Just
> wondering if there was something similar in ES4.
>
> Thank you again, for your time...
>
> Phil
>
> On September 18, 2007 13:28:28 Andrew Bacchi wrote:
> > You can't always use one size fits all.  We have many kickstart files
> > for our many servers.  Each kickstart is tailored for a type of server
> > and we use the type that best suits our needs.
> >
> > So, the ondisk=sda/hda problem is solved by using the appropriate
> > kickstart file.  At the install screen we define which kickstart to
>
> use
>
> > with "linux ks=kickstart_file_name".
> >
> > Phil Savoie wrote:
> > > HI All,
> > >
> > > I have a number of machines I would like to install using kickstart.
> > >
> > > This isn't the problem as this I know how to do...but, some pc's
>
> have
>
> > > more than one HD installed.  Some of the pc's have pata, sata or ide
> > > drives; that is a mixture of all I have mentioned.  In order to
>
> combat
>
> > > the problem of kickstart not working on all types of disks, I took
>
> out
>
> > > the  ondisk=[s|h]da.  This works well on a pc with a single disk.
>
> With
>
> > > more than one disk, the second disk also get a filesystem.  I don't
>
> want
>
> > > the second disk touched at all.  Is there a way to do this?
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance,
> > >
> > > Phil
> >
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> >
> > Andrew Bacchi
> > Systems Programmer
> > Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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> >
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