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headless install

Postby paratrap » 2011-01-03 00:40

Hello!

Can i install debian on headless/keyboard less machine via netboot image?

I did it with fedora intaller by passing vnc=1 parameter to kernel loader which starts installer inside vnc session.

something like this:

kernel=vmlinux
append="vnc=1"

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http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Options
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Re: headless install

Postby BioTube » 2011-01-03 00:58

debian-installer is less advanced than Anaconda, but you should be able to accomplish it with preseeding.
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Re: headless install

Postby paratrap » 2011-01-03 01:11

is it possible to preseed netboot installation? through tftf?
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Re: headless install

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Re: headless install

Postby Bro.Tiag » 2011-01-03 02:20

paratrap wrote:Hello!

Can i install debian on headless/keyboard less machine via netboot image?

I did it with fedora intaller by passing vnc=1 parameter to kernel loader which starts installer inside vnc session.

something like this:

kernel=vmlinux
append="vnc=1"

--

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Options


I'm just curious, how does one pass append="vnc=1" if it is a headless/keyboard less machine?

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Re: headless install

Postby paratrap » 2011-01-03 09:50

tftp boot.

setup your server to boot from network once, and another machine with tftp server and all configuration.

i use my mac mini ppc machine like that. it also possible diskless boot / automatic install..

unfortunatly fedora drops ppc support and i forced to move to debian. which is a bit more amateur to me.
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Re: headless install

Postby Bro.Tiag » 2011-01-03 11:13

Thanks.
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Re: headless install

Postby llivv » 2011-01-03 15:33

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Re: headless install

Postby paratrap » 2011-01-03 16:47

"build a sid-d-i netboot image which contains a preseeding file"

that is what i'm looking for. but instruction a bit complicate to me.

why not make it buildin or as separate initrd.img in netinst/ folder?
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Re: headless install

Postby llivv » 2011-01-03 18:35

paratrap wrote:unfortunatly fedora drops ppc support and i forced to move to debian. which is a bit more amateur to me.

paratrap wrote:"build a sid-d-i netboot image which contains a preseeding file"
that is what i'm looking for. but instruction a bit complicate to me.
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You might find these directions a bit easier to follow? Depending on the type of hardware you are installing on...
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