Phil Meyer wrote:
Why not buy a 4 GB Flash USB device for around $50.00 and load F7
on that and then plug it into the USB port of the computer to upgrade
and away you go. Cheaper than a DVD drive with a USB port :-)
Yup. My normal mode of operations. I carry around a 4GB USB thumb
drive with two partitions: 1 = boot ; 2 = FAT32 with a custom (pungi
rocks!) DVD image on it.
Is there a howto somewhere about the partitioning needed for this? Or is
it just a matter of making the first partition large enough for a raw
copy of the boot.img file, then reformatting what's left? Can you
specify a kickstart file on the 2nd partition? How do you know where it
will be mounted?
So last week-end my son asks me to build him a media server. I travel
to his place because I want to see my grand babies. No sweat. I pop
out my thumb drive -- hmmm... won't boot usb. OK -- hmmm... can't burn
a DVD for him, he doesn't have a DVD in that system. OK, mount the DVD
image on my laptop and burn the diskboot.iso to a CDR. Plug in the USB
to his system, boot the bootable CD and proceed to load from the USB
stick via my custom kickstart scripts.
The moral of the story?
Not all systems will boot from USB, and not all systems have DVD
players. :) Keep a CDR in your laptop bag.
You could also export the dvd image via NFS from the laptop and install
over the network.