[CentOS] Headless system

Wed Dec 18 17:54:12 UTC 2013
Billy Crook <bcrook at riskanalytics.com>

What about when special modules need to be in the initrd for hardware
upon which boot depends (raid cards, SAN HBAs, NICs sometimes)?

On Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM, David G. Miller <dave at davenjudy.org> wrote:
> Ashley M. Kirchner <ashley at ...> writes:
>> So I'm in a bit of a pickle ...  I have a machine that needs to be
>> repurposed from WinXP to CentOS.  I downloaded the CentOS DVD and all then
>> realized ... I don't have a keyboard/mouse for the machine.  It only has
>> USB ports on it, and I don't have a single available USB keyboard that I
>> can plug in.  Bit of a problem.
>> Usually what I do is install via VNC anyway, but that is contingent on me
>> already having something on the machine that allows me to connect to it so
>> that when it boots up, I can edit the boot parameters and enable VNC.  I
>> don't have that this time.
>> So, the question is: can I make a DVD image that starts the installer with
>> VNC options set and if so, how do I go about that?
> Kind of "don't raise the bridge, lower the river suggestion:"
> Pull the hard drive and put it in another system long enough to do the
> install.  As long as the chip architecture is the same (32bit vs. 64 bit),
> it should work fine.  It should work even if one system is Intel and the
> other AMD.
> Cheers,
> Dave
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