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Old 07-19-2003, 04:15 PM   #1
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Installing linux via Network...please help


I am new to Linux installation. I want to install linux via one of network methods(NFS, FTP, HTTP).

I wanted to know which files are needed at remote m/c to install linux on my local m/c, where(which directory) it should be kept into on remote m/c and where to get these files from.

Please help.

Old 07-19-2003, 05:00 PM   #2
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my recommendation, DoN't install via network (unless it is SuSE) because you might as well download the cd's and keep them for good (i assume you are using broadband since u want to network install)

the problem with network install is that if connection is lost or their are access errors, u have to do the whole thing again (and network install take a long time)

with cd's you really don't have to worry, and even if u download a whole extra cd that u never will use during install, at least u have it for good measure
Old 07-19-2003, 05:30 PM   #3
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Thanks....I understand the use of CD install over network install. But I wanted to know about it just for the knowledge sake.

I am just trying my hands on Linux System administration stuff and that's the reason I wanted to know about network installation method. Please please help.
Old 07-19-2003, 07:24 PM   #4
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I haven't done any linux installs over a network, but I have installed freebsd and openbsd that way.

What distro are you planning an using?
Old 07-19-2003, 08:25 PM   #5
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thanks for all the replies.

Finally I found the way of doing it. I copied all the distribution files from red hat installation CD's to NFS server using below command.

cp -var /mnt/cdrom/Redhat /nfs/exports

and then exported /nfs/exports directory on NFS server editing /etc/exports file(i.e. adding /nfs/exports *(ro) ) and running "exportfs -a" and restarting nfs daemon (/etc/rc.d/init.d/nfs stop and then start).


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