[CentOS] Booting centos from a windows ris server - SOLVED

Tue Feb 7 11:47:19 UTC 2006
Plant, Dean <dean.plant at roke.co.uk>

Will McDonald wrote:
> On 01/02/06, Plant, Dean <dean.plant at roke.co.uk> wrote:
>> We are thinking of using pxe boot with a windows ris server to start
>> off a Centos 4 install. Does anyone know if this is possible?
> I've never done it myself but turned up a few links a few weeks back
> which imply it's feasible...
> http://syslinux.zytor.com/pxe.php
Thanks for the link.

This lead me to http://syslinux.zytor.com/ris.php which explained what
we needed to do.

Here's a quick summary of actions to add Centos PXE installs to an
existing windoze ris server.

Create the following folder structure on RIS Server:


>From the Centos images directory, extract contents of 'diskboot.img'
into the templates folder.

Rename 'syslinux.cfg' to 'default' and move to
(edit the default file to include your site configuration/ks file)

Copy /usr/lib/syslinux/pxelinux.0 from Centos 4.2 and move to

Create 'pxelinux.sif' in ..\templates\

Example 'pxelinux.sif' below:
Description="Linux Install - Centos 4"
Help="Automatically installs Centos 4."
LaunchFile = "Setup\English\Tools\PXELinux\i386\templates\pxelinux.0"
ImageType =Flat
Version="5.2 (0)"

Restart ris.

The Centos install option will be in the "Maintenance and Trouble
Shooting" menu as default.