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Yes, you can. You can build your kernel on whatever machine you'd like, but make sure you build it to support the machine you will be transferring the image to, not the machine you are building it on. Remember to copy over the following:
The kernel image in arch/i386/boot/
The System.map in the lowest level directory of the kernel source file