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Old 11-16-2003, 07:59 PM   #1
psingh
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Error while installing RH9 over the network using etherboot


Hi,

I am trying to install RH 9 image from a server (a laptop) that acts as a DHCP server for the clients (embedded devices from Compulab) . All sources from the RH 9 CD Rom are on the server that is exported via NFS.
This part looks okay.

When I try to run download the image (via etherboot from the client),
I get the following error.

Loading <IP Address>:/mnt/server_ks/ks.cfg ........
Unable to load file.

I am attaching the ks.cfg file. Please let me know what I am doing
wrong.
The permissions look okay and showmount -e on the server returns
/mnt/server_ks * (which is expected)

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. If folks here have used
something other than etherboot, I would appreciate comments /
suggestions on your experience.

thanks
Parminder
(I removed the name of the server)


#Generated by Kickstart Configurator

#System language
lang en_US
#Language modules to install
langsupport --default=en_US
#System keyboard
keyboard us
#System mouse
mouse generic3ps/2
#Sytem timezone
timezone America/New_York
#Root password
rootpw --iscrypted $1$ByZ3UkSB$1lO3OVTcBzoXQ..E3nwmG/
#Reboot after installation
reboot
#Install Red Hat Linux instead of upgrade
install
#Use NFS installation Media
nfs --server=foo.bar.edu --dir=/mnt/server_ks
#System bootloader configuration
bootloader --location=mbr
#Clear the Master Boot Record
zerombr yes
#Partition clearing information
clearpart --all --initlabel
#Disk partitioning information
part swap --recommended
part / --fstype ext3 --size 1 --grow --maxsize 10000
#System authorization infomation
auth --useshadow --enablemd5
#Network information
network --bootproto=dhcp --device=eth0
#Firewall configuration
firewall --disabled
#Do not configure XWindows
skipx
#Package install information
%packages --resolvedeps
@ GNOME Desktop Environment
@ Editors
@ Engineering and Scientific
@ Authoring and Publishing
@ Server Configuration Tools
@ Web Server
@ Mail Server
@ Windows File Server
@ DNS Name Server
@ FTP Server
@ News Server
@ Network Servers
@ Development Tools
@ Kernel Development
@ GNOME Software Development
@ Administration Tools
@ System Tools
@ Printing Support




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Old 11-17-2003, 07:14 AM   #2
jcookeman
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Do you have your DHCP server configured to differentiate between Etherboot and Kickstart?

http://www.zytor.com/pipermail/sysli...er/000849.html

and the link at the bottom of the page:

http://www.ltsp.org/documentation/pxe.howto.html

Justin
 
Old 11-17-2003, 02:58 PM   #3
psingh
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In response to your suggestion, if the kickstart file is configured to use DHCP, do I still have to configure a tftp server?

I added the the files from host node1 onwards. Still does not work. My impression was that I could do it without using a tftp server.

Parminder

ddns-update-style interim;
ignore client-updates;

subnet 192.168.160.0 netmask 255.255.252.0 {

# --- default gateway
# option routers 192.168.0.1;
option subnet-mask 255.255.252.0;

option nis-domain "foo.bar.edu";
option domain-name "foo.bar.edu";
# option domain-name-servers 192.168.1.1;

option time-offset -18000; # Eastern Standard Time
# option ntp-servers 192.168.1.1;
# option netbios-name-servers 192.168.1.1;
# --- Selects point-to-point node (default is hybrid). Don't change this unless
# -- you understand Netbios very well
# option netbios-node-type 2;

range dynamic-bootp 192.168.160.128 192.168.160.192;
default-lease-time 21600;
max-lease-time 43200;
filename "/mnt/server_ks/ks.cfg";

# we want the nameserver to appear at a fixed address
host orbit1 {
next-server orbit1.foo.bar.edu;
hardware ethernet 00:0BB:976:4E;
fixed-address 192.168.160.101;
}

host node1 {
hardware ethernet 00:01:C0:00:74:15;
if substring (option vendor-class-identifier, 0, 9) = "Etherboot" {
filename "/mnt/server_ks/ks.cfg";
next-server orbit1;
}
}

}

Last edited by psingh; 11-17-2003 at 04:52 PM.
 
  


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