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Ronayn 07-31-2009 12:55 PM

Installing Fedora 6 from a USB thumb drive
 
Hello,

I've been trying to install Fedora 6 (x86_64) from a USB thumb drive without success for two weeks now. I'd like to know if its even possible to do -- and if so, how can it be done?

I've been hitting the web these past two weeks a lot, but there never seemed to be concrete answers to whether its possbile (plenty of suggestions though -- but none seem to work out).

Really what I am looking to do is create installation media with a specific kickstart file and directory containing a number of install scripts (to be invoked by kickstart) along with a bunch of tar files. I am trying to make setting up a group of servers as painless as possible, but so far no luck :(

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks.

TB0ne 07-31-2009 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronayn (Post 3626875)
Hello,

I've been trying to install Fedora 6 (x86_64) from a USB thumb drive without success for two weeks now. I'd like to know if its even possible to do -- and if so, how can it be done?

I've been hitting the web these past two weeks a lot, but there never seemed to be concrete answers to whether its possbile (plenty of suggestions though -- but none seem to work out).

Really what I am looking to do is create installation media with a specific kickstart file and directory containing a number of install scripts (to be invoked by kickstart) along with a bunch of tar files. I am trying to make setting up a group of servers as painless as possible, but so far no luck :(

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks.

The best advice I can offer, would be to install something current. The latest Fedora is 11....6 is ancient, and is probably the cause of alot of your issues.

Kickstart is definitely the way to go, for setting up a bunch of server, but I'd just go ahead and dedicate a box on your network to the task. Dealing with USB keys, different hardware (which needs different kernel modules), etc., is more trouble than it's worth. Let PXE boot handle things for you.....

John VV 07-31-2009 07:13 PM

i would try installing FEdora 11 .Fedora 6 is old enough that it might not be able to install on a NEW computer .
There are also NO updates or SOFTWARE to install on fedora 6

Ronayn 08-01-2009 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by TB0ne (Post 3627050)
The best advice I can offer, would be to install something current. The latest Fedora is 11....6 is ancient, and is probably the cause of alot of your issues.

Kickstart is definitely the way to go, for setting up a bunch of server, but I'd just go ahead and dedicate a box on your network to the task. Dealing with USB keys, different hardware (which needs different kernel modules), etc., is more trouble than it's worth. Let PXE boot handle things for you.....


Thanks to both of you for your input. I wish I could use Fedora 11. Unfortunately, the software I need to run (in-house) was designed under RH8 -- I had problems just porting it to FC6! I am not sure I could get it to run at all on a more recent OS version (because our apps use an ancient QT, QWT, and MPI).

That being said, I am majorly bummed about the problems I am having with kickstart under FC6. I did a manual install from DVD to one machine, and want to basically clone that system to the others. However, the kickstart file seems to missing the custom partition information and all the additional package I added while doing the graphical install.

My frustration level is peaking :) I dont suppose you can recommend any good books/docs that really go into depth about kickstart installations?

TB0ne 08-01-2009 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Ronayn (Post 3627706)
Thanks to both of you for your input. I wish I could use Fedora 11. Unfortunately, the software I need to run (in-house) was designed under RH8 -- I had problems just porting it to FC6! I am not sure I could get it to run at all on a more recent OS version (because our apps use an ancient QT, QWT, and MPI).

That being said, I am majorly bummed about the problems I am having with kickstart under FC6. I did a manual install from DVD to one machine, and want to basically clone that system to the others. However, the kickstart file seems to missing the custom partition information and all the additional package I added while doing the graphical install.

My frustration level is peaking :) I dont suppose you can recommend any good books/docs that really go into depth about kickstart installations?

No, not off hand. But there are great docs in the RedHat knowledgebase, though...worth a search.

And I understand about your software, but in my opinion, it's not worth keeping very old tech around, just to support an app that isn't current. It's far better to spend the time to update the app to run on current tech, than to risk all the security issues that come up with an old server/software.

yewcheong 09-29-2009 12:37 AM

I believe this is a good tool,
https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/

I'm using this myself, tried creating for Fedora 6, and I'm able to boot it.
Just use "browse" and select ur image. It will create the boot image on ur USB, and extract the iso.
But after doing that, u still can't really use it yet. You will need to copy the actual iso to your USB drive.
This means you should delete the extracted fedora folder and put the iso in.

For me, I did not delete the fedora folder, as my USB is 8GB. I just put in the iso image. After booting up using the USB,
I choose Harddrive and sdb when they ask me for the image location.

Though this reply seems quite late, I hope to help others still searching for the answer. Cheers!


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