Booting FAI from CD, was Re: FAI for debian

Thomas Lange lange at informatik.Uni-Koeln.DE
Tue Oct 30 11:29:01 CET 2001

>>>>> On Fri, 19 Oct 2001 11:49:58 -0700, "Krishna `Shamu' Sethuraman" <krishna at> said:

    > I don't have enough machines yet to attempt build a cluster (or
    > any computing needs that large), but am interested in having a
    > floppy or CD I can carry around to automatically install a
    > system (or possibly a classroom of systems) in the future.

    > Particularly, I note that kickstart for RedHat is an option for
    > corporate linux administrators and am interested in making
    > something similar readily available for Debian.

Create a CD whith the nfsroot filesystem on it and a kernel that does
not mount the root filesystem via nfs but from CD. Boot from this CD.
Use a hook for "confdir" which mounts a filesystem from the floppy to
/fai. This filesystem is the configuration space whith all your
configuration data on it. Skip the parts where a BOOTP or DHCP daemon
is used.


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