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Re: Suggestions for the Installer (regarding network installs)



hpa has additional info on his syslinux site, 
	http://syslinux.zytor.com/pxe.php

pxe is really great for installs. i've been doing 
redhat installations with pxe/nfs for a couple of
months now and it's extremely nice not to need media.

just drop the isos in an nfs export somewhere and your 
all set.

-jamie

On Tue, Oct 14, 2003 at 02:38:49PM -0400, Alan Cox wrote:
> > OK, I've been wanting to do PXE installations for a long time.  I can
> > get the machines to boot off off PXE, but I'm not sure where to go from
> > there.  (I've played around with it a little, and actually got the
> > kernel to boot, but not far enough to start the installer.)  Anybody got
> > some pointers and/or any documentation on how to do a PXE boot
> > installation?
> 
> If you are using pxelinux (throw the old intel pxe crap in the bitbucket its
> just pain 8))
> 
> Edit /etc/dhcpd.conf. Set it up for dhcp as normal but also add
> 
> 	next-server the-pxe-tftp-box-i-have;
> 	filename "/pxelinux.0"
> 
> for the host range, and make sure allow booting; is included in the top
> section.
> 
> Edit /etc/xinetd.d/tftp. Enable tftp and make sure the server_args is
> "-s /tftpboot" - this limits where the tftp can access.
> 
> Stick pxelinux.0 from syslinux into /tftpboot
> 
> Boot the pxe box and it should boot to a boot prompt but will fail to
> load a kernel.
> 
> cp the initrd and kernel image from the first CD pxe directory into
> /tftpboot. Now either set up a pxelinux.cfg (see docs) or at the prompt
> type the kernelname initrd=initrdname
> 
> Its a godsend for saving time
> 
> 
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