Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Greetings I want to install debian to my server machine however it doesn't have a cd/dvd rom pluggedin thus I am seeking alternative ways to achieve this.


share|improve this question

4 Answers 4

up vote 6 down vote accepted

If you're already running something on said system, you could do a chroot installation. If your machine supports boot-to-usb, you can use the usb installer. If your machine supports PXE you can set up a tftp and bootp server and install over the network.

There are many options. Google for "debian alternate install" to get a good set of instructions. Or decide on one and ask for help in that fashion.

I'm a huge fan of using usb to do the install. It's very like a cd in that you can use the usb disk as a rescue disk, but you can update it :)

Link with way too many ways to install Debian http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Debian/installers.html

share|improve this answer

Have a look at this: install debian via usb

share|improve this answer

You can install from Grub/Lilo. I have done this on several occasions with success. Link

share|improve this answer

-If you have a server, where you can install a tftp server, boot pxe is very interesting : http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/PXELINUX

-You can use USB with UNetbootin : unetbootin.sourceforge.net

-You can mount an iso image : howtoforge.com/installing_linux_without_cd_or_dvd

-Or (i don't know what do you have actually on your server), you can use an '.exe' to install Debian via a Windows : goodbye-microsoft.com

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


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