[CentOS] automated install over network

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Tue Mar 20 04:45:58 UTC 2007

Dave wrote:
> Hello,
>    I've got a machine i'd like to put CentOS 4.4 on. Unfortunately 
> this machine doesn't have a rom in it, just a floppy and a network 
> card. I was wondering if i could boot it, then have it pick up what it 
> needs to start the install off the network and do an unattended 
> install vi nfs? Or, if that's not possible would it be possible to 
> boot and load CentOS completely from the network bypassing the hard 
> disk altogether? I don't need x on this box, in fact it doesn't have a 
> monitor, most of the work it will do will be via ssh, or unattended 
> stuff.

if the system will do a PXE boot from the network and you've got a 
bootp/dhcp server on the LAN segment you should be able to setup a 
jumpstart and load the kernel via tftp, then install the system from 
http or nfs.   I haven't done this myself in ages, so I can't be of more 

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