Network-Based Linux Installation

Network-Based Linux Installation

In This Chapter

  • Setting Up the Installation Server

  • Creating a Boot CD

  • The Network Installation

  • Troubleshooting the Network Installation

  • Differences Between Fedora and Red Hat Installation

  • Automating Installation with Kickstart

  • Conclusion

Fedora Linux allows you to do operating system installations via a network connection using a Kickstart server. It is frequently much faster than using CDs, and the process can be automated. The procedure is fairly simple:

Connect the new server (installation client) to the same network as the server with the preloaded installation files (installation server).

Boot the installation client from a specially created boot CD.

Enter your preferred installation method (FTP, HTTP, NFS) and the needed network parameters to do this.

The installation procedure will then continue with the more familiar Fedora Linux installation screens. Enter your selections, and complete the installation.

This chapter will briefly explain three methods of installing operating systems over a network connection, using a single installation server (Bigboy) with an IP address of as an example.

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