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Old 10-05-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
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Unhappy triying to make a diskless server

hi everyone, I want to serve diskless clients linux (any distribution), and everithing I found leads to netboot. Everithing is fine so far, since I managed quite well to set up the NFS, tftp, and bootp services required to do this, I even compiled the required kernel image including booting over NFS and NFS built in this kernel image...
The question is: what I first want to try is to boot this image using a diskette with grub and this kernel image (having it processed by mknbi, which is a tool included in the netboot package to MaKeNetBootableImages), but the thing I don't know is: how do I tell the kernel to look for its root filesystem on the NFS server?? (considering that the normal grub line looks like kernel=/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda ro)

if anyone did this yet, cuold be of great help, since all the documentation I found is either inclomplete or does not work (or even worse, I do not understand it!!! )

Old 10-06-2006, 04:02 AM   #2
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well buddy, i feel u r putting on much extra effort, u better go for the LTSP project its much easy to use and configure and all ur problem would be solved
Old 10-06-2006, 08:04 AM   #3
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Thanx for the Info, I'll go there since i got pretty tired of netboot...
anyway, I found the grub kernel parameters to boot from a diskette, or a tiny HD or a cdrom...

root (fd0)
kernel=/vmlinuz root=/dev/nfs \
:<client-hostname>: nfsroot=/<nfs-share>

all this considering the kernel has been compiled with nfs and NIC driver builtin and nfs-share is a / susbtitute, suitable for booting, chroot jail

Old 11-14-2006, 07:36 PM   #4
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Take a look at 2X

It sounds like you're trying to assemble all of the parts piecemeal. A better way might be to try X2, found at

They offer a complete system for FREE with installation instructions. You might save yourself some time and aggravation.



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