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Old 02-17-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Kernal Upgrade in Remote Server Environment

I've read the kernel upgrade tut in this forum as well as some other ways to go about it in other places. However, what I want to do is upgrade a dedicated server from 2.4 to 2.6. The server however is located about fifteen hours from my location and I'd rather not have to pay to have the company I host with upgrade the box. Since I don't have local access to the computer, I'm wondering if someone could tell me what would be the safest way to move from 2.4 to 2.6? A default vanilla kernel is fine. I know this is a repetitive question, but I just want to make sure I can do this right the first time, thanks .

The boxes stats:
Debian 3.1
Athlon 64 3000+
10mbit+ burstable conn

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Old 02-18-2007, 07:37 AM   #2
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I thought we answered this question yesterday, but the replies are gone.

Anyway, installing the default 2.6.8 Sarge kernel usually isn't problematic. The only glitch might be the conversion to udev. As this machine is a server you could also consider moving to Etch, which will be the new Stable soon. Actually, it should already have been declared Stable, but there are minor things holding that up. For a i386 type server changing to Etch is recommended.

PS: don't forget to backup your data first!
Old 02-18-2007, 08:45 AM   #3
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Another glitch could be that.. it doesn't boot at all?
I can't remember where but there are ways of doing this safely with grub. Like a timeout and it would restart on the previous kernel.


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