Re: New article: Installing Linux remotely

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Fajar Priyanto wrote:
Hi all,
I wrote an article on how to install Linux remotely using Fedora Core 5/OpenSuse 10.1. I'm sure any other modern Linux distro can do this also.
This is the excerpt:
One of the feature of Linux that I admire most is it's ability to be installed remotely. Meaning? Yes, we can install it from a different location, either it is from a different floor, different building, different city, or even different country. This is most useful for a corporate with many branches but limited IT staffs.
Read the full article at:
http://linux2.arinet.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=135&Itemid=2

Regards,
Another method to install a remote system with no interaction is to copy over a vmlinuz and initrd image from the boot CD you would normally install from to the target system /boot directory prior to the install/upgrade. Assume you want to upgrade a FC4 server to FC5 remotely and with no interaction. Then edit the /etc/grub.conf like so:
default=1
timeout=5
splashimage=(hd1,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
hiddenmenu
title Fedora Core (2.6.11-1.1369_FC4)
       root (hd1,0)
       kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4 ro root=LABEL=/
       initrd /initrd-2.6.11-1.1369_FC4.img
title load
       root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz text ramdisk_size=8192 ks=http://myserver.com/cgi-bin/fc5.cgi?TYPE=server&PD=hdb
       initrd /initrd.img

Making the 'load' entry the default. Now simply reboot the remote server and it can install itself with no interaction. This assumes that the cgi produces a well crafted kickstart configuration script.


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