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1st April 2004, 11:13 PM
Hello everybody!

I need to install Fedora on many PC's from network. Is it possible to boot those PC's from network and install Fedora from NFS ? If so is there any HOWTO on that subject?

Thanks in advance!

2nd April 2004, 12:32 AM
Hey grial

A guide from fedoranews.org


2nd April 2004, 12:43 AM
If you have many similar machines, try using kickstart to automate the process of installing them.

There is a graphical kickstart generator in System Tools > Kickstart. Also the anaconda installer generated a kickstart file at /root/anaconda-ks.cfg.

The documentation is in the /usr/share/doc/redhat-config-kickstart-2.4.2 directory.

3rd April 2004, 08:57 PM
Thanks for your answers!

The thing is that I would like the computers to boot from LAN as well, i.e. not to use any diskettes during the installation. ( since there is no driver for my network card on drivers diskette)
Is that possible to boot from LAN?

4th April 2004, 09:28 PM
You have to make a server, that runs a service to this. I think it is called TFTP.

There is a guide for it, on gentoo's or debian's homepage, I know nothing about it.

5th April 2004, 03:49 AM
To boot the install from the network, you'll need some hardware that supports network booting, tftp (a very simple ftp), and dhcp. This howto (http://www.hut.fi/~tkarvine/linux/doc/network-booting-pxe.html) has got the details but no explaination. Follow it but substitute the vmlinux and initrd.img files from the images/pxeboot directory of your Fedora CD. You will need to put your install images somewhere. I think you can put the ISOs on a ftp, http, or nfs server and specify network install when the installer starts.

I haven't done this, but it looks interesting.