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Old 06-05-2005, 11:21 PM   #1
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Network Booting to install linux

Hello all,
I have 2 computer in my home and now willing to install linux on the 2nd one. In 1st one I have FC3 and RHEL2 installed. In the new PC I dont have any cdrom/floppy and so wants to install linux on it through network,if possible.
I studied PXE but didn't get the clear picture though.
Interface=VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Card; on both pc's.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Old 06-06-2005, 05:18 PM   #2
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Yes it is possible. You can find more info as well as detailed information here.
Old 06-06-2005, 10:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.
But what i want was to install linux over LAN and on client PC i dont have any floopy/cdrom.
So the problem was on how to boot the client machine? From BIOS I have set up the first boot device to [network], but still didn't work.

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Make sure your network card supports remote booting.You can find the HOWTO s from the below links.


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Let me start off by saying you'll have a lot of time if you just install a CDROM in that PC.

To do PXE, you need a DHCP server and a TFTP server. If you're using Red Hat or Fedora, you can get the pxeboot file off the installation media.

Place the pxeboot file in the TFTP server's root, and modify the DHCP server to deliver a "server-name" of the TFTP server's IP and a "filename" of the pxeboot file.

Then, when you reboot, you can do a network boot (on Dell's you can hit F12), and the onboard NIC will get a DHCP IP address, make a TFTP connection to the TFTP server, download the pxeboot file, and execute it.

The next part involves setting up an NFS server to deliver the installation media over the network.


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