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Old 11-20-2003, 05:52 AM   #1
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installing Fedora over network (NFS)


I have 2 pc's plugged into a switch, pc1 with Fedora installed and pc2 with a broken cdrom drive.

I wish to install fedora on pc2 using a bootdisk and NFS, but I am not sure how to set this up.

1. how do i create the bootfloppy from the boot.img on the Fedora disk1
2. how do I setup the NFS share that i shall point to during the install ?

Thanks in advance
Old 11-20-2003, 11:04 AM   #2
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1. on your disto CD will find a images dir cd into this dir. Then type this cmd bootdisk.img > /dev/fd0 or dd=bootdisk.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024. Once NFS has been installed which will be explained in piont 2 insert the disk and follow the steps asked y wiil then get to a screen that will ask if its a Http:,NFS, etc installation choose accordingly.

2. you must have a IP on the PC that u setup NFS. Copy cd data from cd's to a dir example: /vat/ftp/pub to copy data use this cmd: cp -a. Goto /etc/exports file and place the following /var/ftp/pub (ro,sync,no_root_squash). Make sure u have nfs , nfslock, portmap services runing if they r restart them or reboot machine.

This should do the trick

Old 11-20-2003, 11:06 AM   #3
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to create the boot floppy you should be able to run;

(from the directory the boot.img file is located)
dd if=boot.img of=/dev/fd0

From Windows you would need a program like RawWrite
which should be in the dosutils directory on your install disk.

To create the NFS share you will want to make sure you install the redhat-config-nfs package and just use that to configure your share.

If you have a broadband connection i have always found it easy to just use the FTP install from one of the mirrors. That way you don't have to set up the share or FTP stuff yourself.


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