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Old 05-31-2005, 03:56 AM   #1
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Remote Installation - How to?

I'd like to know how to go about installing linux on a computer with no monitor or CD drive, but has a floppy drive. It is connected to my network, of course. I'm aware that PXE would allow me to network boot, but I'd like to do it non-PXE (assuming I would have the computer boot a floppy), mainly because I don't want to set up a DHCP server.

So, I know what I want to do, the problem is exactly how to do it. I have a copy of Mandrake 10, but I can download another distro if it would do better. I'm not currently running any linux distro - just Windows XP. How do I make a boot floppy to make the remote computer search for the installation over the network, and how would I set up my local computer to put out the installation?
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Welcome to LQ! This procedure is called headless install. Serial port is used for user input (serial console). Try googling for 'headless install', should bring up something.


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