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Hi, i am working right now on linux distribution from SCCM, and need some help
I have a windows PE starting from network, and with that i can copy files, create partitions and use GRUB, but i want to install Linux from local disk, be it from file, or iso, just how to install Linux without CD or Pendrive?I want to install Centos specificaly.
Well, i cant use Optical Drive (maybe virtual, but i only have access to windows PE and GRUB), also cant use USB.
I could use some network data, but i can configure LinuxPXE, because i already have a PXE server, can i start network instalation without PXE server from windows PE or GRUB?
You should be able to do it by first loop mounting the iso file of CentOS, copying it to a directory (best in the / (root) of the filesystem and then putting an entry in your grub.conf so you can select it on boot and install to a separate partition. I've only done this on a Linux filesystem partition. That's it in general terms but you've only posted general information.
If you mean create a separate Grub partition, that would be a start. However, in your initial post, you indicate you can 'use Grub', whatever that means. If you already use Grub as a primary or secondary bootloader, you could put the extracted CentOS files on a separate partition or on a Linux partition and put an entry in the grub.cfg, menu.lst or grub.conf file, whichever you have (grub.conf?).
If you already have a Linux partition, you would loop mount the iso, then copy it to a directory, I usually put it in the / of the filesystem and then put an appropriate entry in the grub.conf file. Usually you can modify the syslinux.cfg or isolinux.cfg entry for Grub. I don't know your partition structure. You could extract the files to the same partition you have Grub on if you create a separate partition for it. You would need to install to a different partition.
I've done this with several distributions, not including CentOS or Fedora, and it worked. Some distributions were problematic if I tried to install on the same hard drive, others were fine.
Hi guys, thanks a lot for help, that explain a lot.
So to specify what i have:
i have a windows partition with GRUB, i will find some tool for windows PE, to make 2 other partitions, and i will copy the instalation files to one of them, and install the OS on the third one, hope it works
Regarding why i cant use USB/DVD, yes, i am in a remote location, i want do prepare it so that it will do zero touch instalation with starting from SCCM, and then installing from kickstart (i have kickstart already prepared, i just need to boot an iso from the HD).
I will try this today, if you have any more ideas for me, i will be happy to listen to them.
Once more thanks alot for all answers, the people at SCCM forum were not that helpful.