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Tone
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:55 am    Post subject: PXE Boot Server Reply with quote

Hi Guys,

Happy Christmas to all!

I wonder if anyone can help me please?

I have a few computers I have to install Gentoo and a couple of other OS's on. I would like to do this from one main server as a couple of the machines dont have CDRom drives. Hows it this possible so that the client can connect to the server and download and install the OS.

Hope someone can help me or point me in the direction of a good tutorial as I would love to get this working.

Thankyou for the help!

Kind Regard

Tony
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Tone,

i just did this for rescue purposes on my server. There is a pretty good howto in the documentation forum.

In short:
First of all the clients must be pxe-bootable.
Then you need dhcp+tftp-server, tell dhcp where tftp-directory is.
Configure tftp.
And the most complicated part to understand (at least for me), was setting up the boot-dir within tftp. Debian-netboot-image worked fine, but i couldn't get a CD to boot. To boot a CD you need nfs-server + root-over-nfs-support inkernel. Never found a good explanation. I only got knoppix working, because i used the knoppix-terminal-server to create the pxe-files + copied/modified them to the server. (If someone can explain, how to do this in general i would like to hear it;)).

I suggest following the howto in the doc-section, and then search for the debian-pxeboot image, if you look at it, you'll learn a lot about how to do it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2005 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Duplicate Threads.

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-219725-highlight-pxe.html
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-54293-highlight-pxe.html
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