Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm looking into booting up into FAI from a CD (I don't want to setup a PXE boot server).

Is it possible to have FAI boot from a CD and use the mac address to determine what to install without having to select from the dropdown?

share|improve this question

What you want is the "preseed" functionality of Debian installer.

Basically, you create a configuration file with all installer questions answered, use that file to compile a special kernel and boot it (or you can create a CD ISO image). Details in the Debian wiki (link above).

You'll have to create different preseed configuration files to differentiate between installations, I'm not familiar with a way to differentiate based on MAC address of network device.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.