Installing Linux from a Separate Partition
I am trying to create a setup where I can install Linux over the network without requiring either a boot diskette or a boot CDROM.
We do a great deal of reinstalling Linux on servers for testing purposes and we are trying to eliminate the manual steps of loading diskettes and CDROMS.
While there is provision to install over the network, it assumes a boot diskette kicks off the process. We do use the network install, but are trying to find a way to eliminate the manual step of going to each server and loading boot diskettes.
We came up with the idea of installing Linux using a separate partition of the hard drive of the server as if it were the boot diskette. We would preserve this partition during install in the kickstart routine.
What we are unsure of is how to get the server to remotely boot using the harddrive partition in a way identical to booting off the install diskette.
Any ideas or suggestions?