Kickstart is the method of automated installation of Linux Systems based on Red Hat or their clones (CentOS, Scientific Linux, Unbreakable Linux, ...)

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Creating a custom .iso with kickstart CentOS 6.6 [on hold]

I downloaded the CentOS 6.6 minimal .iso file. I mounted it. Copied the necessary files to a new_work_dir. I added few extra custom packages to new_work_dir/Packages and ran createrepo -dpo .. . and ...
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Kickstart not working

I'm trying to create a kickstart to automate the installation procedure but when the installation ends and I check to see the result nothing happened. I'm trying to debug it by putting read statements ...
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Centos kickstart installation without package location

I want to install with unattended way Centos7 in a VM and at the moment I have to specify packages location in ks file and then in installation because is marked as error. Any way to install without ...
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Create centos7 ISO with kickstart file

I'm trying to create in my Centos7, one centos7 iso to use with virtualbox. That ISO, I want to contain one ks file. I follow the steps in this link but I get one ISO with 70M of size that cannot be ...
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CentOS kickstart - force kernel version

I'd like to kickstart some servers using a specific kernel version (slightly downrev) but can't figure out the correct syntax in the kickstart file. I've tried specifying this in the "%packages" ...
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Kickstarting RHEL7 VM stalls with “No device selected”

I've been using Ashgar Ghori's RHEL7 study guide and have hit a small snag which I have not been able to find a solution to. Using a kickstart file that worked previously, whenever I use it for a new ...
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CentOS/Redhat kickstart script cdrom mount point

Trying to copy some files from my custom CentOS 7 install ISO to the new install in the %post section. I've tried all of these: cp /dev/cdrom/scripts/myscript.sh /etc/myscripts/myscript.sh cp ...
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Kickstart %post has no output

Originally thought restricted to back tick or command substitution in kickstart %post (from my original question), I can't actually do any file output from the kickstart %post. The image being ...
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virt-install with kickstart file using LVM fails

I'm trying to install a VM using virt-install using a kickstart file. I've tried both RHEL 7.0 and RHEL 7.1. In both cases using LVM seems to make the installation fail. After a timeout it drops me to ...
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Blank log file if %post contains back tick or command substitution

In building a custom USB installer for Centos6.6 (not easy) I found that if the %post section of the kickstart file has backticks Anaconda completes, but exits immediately to a blank screen (no ...
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How to disable fibre channel LUNs entirely while doing an OS install?

SL 6.5 (aka RHEL 6.5) using a Qlogic adapter in a Dell R610. The module that is loaded is qla2xxx but also scsi_transport_fc. I have 2 SAS disks in RAID 1 for the OS and several FC LUNs for data ...
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How to pass boot paremeters to a XenServer HVM? Is it even supported?

I'm willing to build up a fully automated installation of CentOS 7 over XenServer 6.5 using kickstart. According to XenServer 6.5 Documentation, CentOS 7 is now supported in HVM mode: In XenServer ...
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Kickstart fails to set up multiple bonded interfaces

I’m having some trouble setting up bonded interfaces in a CentOS 6.5 kickstart script. I have 8 physical network interfaces, which want to be configured in pairs as 4 bonded network interfaces. My ...
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How do I combine firewall --enabled and --nobase in a CentOS kickstart?

As part of system hardening, I'm trying to configure my firewall during a CentOS 6.6 kickstart with the following line. It does work under one circumstance, and otherwise it doesn't. Kickstart ...
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Unable to join AD domain using Kerberos from kickstart

I am trying to join to the Windows domain in the %post chroot section of my kickstart script using kinit and net commands after setting up the samba, kerberos and sssd configurations in %pre. My ...
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Kickstart for ubuntu works on vm but not on physical machine

So I have made a ks.cfg file for Ubuntu 14.04 server edition and uploaded it to http://address/of/my/ks.cfg and modified isolinux/txt.cfg with necessary changes. Now when I use this ISO on ...
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Changes in kickstart file do not take effect in Cobbler

I am using Cobbler to install SLES 11 SP2 and it has been running fine all the while. Recently I modified the kickstart file by changing the size of the root partition from 18GB to 36GB. To my ...
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CentOS 7 installer: blank screen

I am trying to figure out CentOS 7 unattended network (PXE) installations in my setup, but the installer always ends up running into a black screen without interaction options. This is being tried in ...
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CentOS kickstart raid 1 and LVM issues

While doing an unattended install of CentOS 7 using kickstart. I set two disks to me mirrored. bootloader --location=mbr --driveorder=sda,sdb zerombr clearpart --all --initlabel # Disk ...
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Centos 7 kickstart systemctl

I created a kickstart file for CentOS 7 and I'm having trouble with the following entry: services --enabled=mariadb,mongod,httpd,chronyd,NetworkManager I am getting an error: No such file or ...
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kvm guest wont power off after network kickstart installation finishes

I'd like to be able full automate the creation a KVM guest, so I need the KVM guest to power off, so that the virt-install command returns. Unfortunately the guest doesn't power down, but end with: ...
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How to install Linux daemon using Kickstart

%post --log=/root/ks-post.log --interpreter /bin/sh exec < /dev/tty3 > /dev/tty3 2>&1 chvt 3 cat > /mnt/sysimage/etc/init.d/daemon <<EOL #stuff goes here EOL chmod 755 ...
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Skip user input when using anaconda with kickstart

When I boot up the first time it always requests user input, in the case of text mode it asks me to press B to continue the installation. I would like to provision the system with no user input. ...
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CentOS 6.6 kickstart failing suddenly when including the 'updates' repo

Suddenly this week my CentOS 6.6 kickstart is failing with: A fatal error occurred when installing the <rpm.hdr object at 0x4981cd0> package. This could indicate errors when reading the ...
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Kickstarting Ubuntu 14.04: How do I create an “EFI boot partition” from my ks.cfg?

I am PXE booting a server that has two 4Gb drives configured in RAID-1 in order to kickstart an instance of Ubuntu Server 14.04. I am PXE booting in EFI mode, and the install runs fine until I get ...
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Issue with Centos 7 + kickstart raid configuration

I've had an odd issue trying to set up kickstart with Centos 7. First of all, the relevant portion of the file itself. The following works, although it's not optimal. zerombr clearpart --all ...
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How do I automate suppling the network location of the kickstart config file when booting a Redhat variant 7 install iso

When booting a Scientific Linux 7 install iso for example, one could immediately hit tab and add some text to specify the location of the ks.cfg file they would like to use. I would like to automate ...
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virt-install fully automated install

I'm looking into ways of installing/deploying a VM completely automated (no user interaction). So far I have tried QEMU and virt-install along with QEMU. The issue with qemu is that injecting ...
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When %post section runs in an automated Linux installation

I know %post section in kickstart runs after RPM packages are installed in a Red Hat based distribution installation. Question: it runs before or after system is rebooted?
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RHEL7 kickstart fails to install product certificate

I am installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Sever from a customized image with a Kickstart file. After rebooting, no product certificate has been installed, making it impossible to register the ...
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Configure a Bridge Device in CentOS 7 via Kickstart

I wish to configure a br0 bridge with kickstart using eth0 as its slave. Is this possible? I have not seen any kickstart examples that do this. I wish to use this box as a KVM host, so I'm ...
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How to include cinnamon via kickstart in CentOS 7

I'm trying to install cinnamon via kickstart in CentOS 7. In previous versions of CentOS/RHEL there was the %packages --resolvedeps options This option is no longer available. I have the following ...
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CentOS kickstart automated setup with parted / RAID

I'm trying to use parted to partition my entire drives automatically during the CentOS kickstart install, however, I'm getting two issues with my install. I want to kickstart my installs across ...
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How to find mpx (disk name) for kickstart script

I am trying to install ESXi 4.1 to a USB (embedded installation) using a script. I red the VMWare documentation and I believe I have to specified autopart --disk with the USB disk name. This is my ...
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Best way to secure Kickstart encrypted partition passwords

I have a CentOS 6.5 environment that boots up servers using Kickstart. One of the requirements of our Kickstart is that the partitions are encrypted. Since Anaconda can only take plain text passwords ...
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Tested kickstart file baulks in Centos 7

Tried kickstarting CENTOS 7 and got an unexpected message. The kickstart file has worked with 5 and 6 prior. Something has changed. Has anyone run into this? Installation 1) [x] Timezone settings ...
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Consistent Install Disk Selection in RHEL Kickstart

In my kickstart installation I specify that the operating system should be installed on /dev/sda. We have some Dell machines in our environment with iDRAC. When virtual media is attached in iDRAC, it ...
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Is it possible to force a linux install to continue?

I'm PXE booting a linux distro that I'd like to contain a list of packages. I have these packages listed in a kickstart file for inclusion. Some of these packages won't work with the current distro, ...
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Passing variables in kickstart

I have a kickstart file that takes a hostname in the %pre section. I cannot seem to figure out how to get it two the first. As you see it sends the server information to another device which then ...
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Centos kickstart script url installation with mirror

I have a ks script to install Centos6.5. Inside my local network I have a snapshot of the base package mirror. I want to used as possible as I can my local package site over extranet like ...
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Adding custom package in Centos 6 DVD/CD

I am trying to include my custom build package in the CentOS installer DVD/CD. I am able to respine the DVD with my Kickstart file. The automated kickstart installation works fine, however, when I ...
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VMware ESXi CentOS 6.4 kickstart installation

I was trying to do a kickstart installation for CentOS 6.4 but it always show me a warning of re-initializing the HDD as it say may contain invalid partition table or a virtual disk. I have added ...
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Kickstart “Unable to download kickstart file. Check parameter”

So I'm using 2 VMs (CentOS 6.0), one acting as a build server, the other is a new server I'm trying to build with a kickstart. When I start the VM for the new server (with the build server already ...
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How can I answer the “scan another CD” prompt during Debian install with preseed?

I've got a preseeded install from cdrom working smoothly, except for ONE prompt. It does the scan of the cdrom before installing software, and asks me if I want to insert an additional CD to scan. Is ...
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Red Hat 6.5- sysctl -w net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_redirects=0

I am in the process of writing a Red Hat 6.5 Kickstart disc with hardened security. I have run a program to determine where the weaknesses are in my system, and apparently there is a medium severity ...
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Kickoff Ansible Playbook after Cobbler install

I am working on implementing Cobbler and Ansible to do our server deploys and am having one final issue. My Ansible playbook works great, my Cobbler install works great, but the issue is in tying them ...
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Anaconda kickstart and rootpw option

I've tried a few different methods of generating an encrypted password on SL 6.5, but nothing seems to work for me. I'm not finding any errors anywhere in the various /var/log/anaconda* files, but I ...
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kickstart unattended install of OEL 6.5 always asks to check media

My configuration is as follows: Hyper-V 2012 R2 Host Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.5 VM Guest being installed from an iso attached to the VM. I created a kickstart file that I have on a NFS share and ...
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Kickstart fails on SSD disk [closed]

Trying to deploy a 2xSSD server (with mdraid level 1), errors on the 1st line: clearpart --all --initlabel --drives=sda,sdb with the message "sda not found". As the SSD is SATA3, shouldn't it be ...
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How do I create encrypted partitions with kickstart in Debian or Ubuntu

I am setting up an automated installation of Ubuntu using kickstart and network booting. With redhat this works quite well, however Ubuntu kickstart appears rather limited and I can not find ...