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Old 12-13-2005, 02:56 PM   #1
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installation of RHEL 4, Update 2 via kickstart


I'm trying to install a Dell PowerEdge 850 with RHEL, Update 2 using kickstart. I have a web server that hosts my RH tree and my kickstart configuration file. My Dell PowerEdge 850 has Dual Intel Pro 1000 and Dual Broadcom 5721J NICs. I boot off my RH boot CD and the system appears to load the drivers for each NIC (it asks which NIC I want to use), but then fails to find my kickstart configuration. During this process, I've tried to ping the client I'm trying to load, but no success. My kickstart installation fails because either the drivers are not getting loaded or the correct drivers are not getting loaded. I have tried disabling the onboard Broadcom and installing from the Intel 1000, but still no success. Only after installing an Intel Pro 100 card am I able to successfully install via kickstart. Has anyone been able to successfully load their systems with either Broadcom or Intel Pro 1000 NICs? Thanks.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 01:19 PM   #2
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successful at that, i have not been. i tried to install that way (actually off of a satellite server), but didn't go so far as to rebuild the kernel for the installation cd. to my knowledge, that is the only way to add drivers.

what you can do is put the kickstart file on a floppy and do it that way, it will still be able to do an http or ftp or whatever other type of network install you want. it's not my preference of workarounds, i admit.
 
Old 12-19-2005, 10:27 AM   #3
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Alas, I figured it out. Solution was to disable spanning tree on the cisco switch... Ports were taking too long to come online, thus causing kickstart to fail.
 
Old 12-20-2005, 01:56 AM   #4
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ooh, perhaps i can do the same thing. not using a floppy > using a floppy.

thanks for the follow-up.
 
  


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