[CentOS] automated install over network

Tue Mar 20 04:04:03 UTC 2007
Barry Brimer <lists at brimer.org>

On Mon, 19 Mar 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.
> Thanks.
> Dave.

I believe CentOS 3 was the last version of CentOS that included a boot 
floppy.  IIRC, the issue is that the newer kernels (with other required 
components) are too large to fit on a floppy.