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Old 09-20-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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diskless workstation ( linux & xp )

Ubuntu 10.10 diskless workstation (linux & xp)

i`m newbie to linux o/s and last month only finished my RHCE course,am playing system admin role

i'm wanna set a diskless environment (wlan) on my laboratory. there are 50 client computers and one new server are avilable.

i have planing to install a ubuntu-server 10.10 as a server. which are things need to build this environment and client side i have to run Windows xp only

h/w spec

belkin wlan pci card
asus rtn13u wireless n router

so help me to set this environment

Old 09-20-2011, 03:06 PM   #2
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Ok sounds like your gonna have some fun with this one.. I do have one question though.. if your going for RHCE why not just use Centos instead of Ubuntu? Just a thought.. I know that Centos and RedHat both use the kickstart files and are very popular for diskless PXE/BootP environments and for automated installs. Are you planning on running each of these as a desktop, or are all of these going to be in some kind of cluster?? You will need to figure out how your going to be setting these up first.. You will also need to have DHCP setup and working with PXE on your Ubuntu server as well as a TFTP server on there and probably NFS so the machines can mount up the file systems. I suggest for your purposes to stick with Centos as your already going to be leaning towards the Centos/RedHat style of distro since your studying for your RHCE. Also take a look at the Centos documentation for diskless client systems here
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LTSP may help.

A virtual machine on the XP could host the server.

See also gpxe/ipxe for more advanced install means.

Personally I suggest you get a Knoppix CD/DVD 3.2 to 6.x. Almost all of them have a working knoppix terminal server button that creates all the files and services you need to pxe boot a classroom. It is a great way to get pointers and do a first test. Use it to refer back to the ubuntu install.

I think a few more distro's can set that up but not as easily.


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