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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KVM guest time shift on host reboot

I have installed Ubuntu server 12.04 as a KVM host, and created an Ubuntu guest that is also running Ubuntu server 12.04. The servers are in the AST time zone which is UTC + 3 hours. After setting the ...
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Ubuntu Server 12.04: How does one configure the firewall during installation?

I'm following instructions to automate the installation of Ubuntu Server 12.04 using kickstart. It works well for automatically partitioning the drives, selecting languages etc. However, it doesn't ...
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Install Programs from Source in Kickstart Script

I'm working on a kickstart script for a custom Scientific Linux ISO. However I am running into an issue with installing some programs from source. Below is the general syntax I am trying. Where I ...
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Redhat 6 gui installation VS kickstart gives me different packages?

If i do the graphical install and select basic server + aide and screen i get a system with 535 installed packages. If i look at the /root/anaconda-ks.cfg file in that freshly installed system i ...
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Kickstart CentOS 6 prompting for TCP/IP with network set to DHCP

I am trying to stop my kickstart CentOS install prompting me for TCP/IP information. After I click through this prompt (keeping IPv4 and IPv6 to their defaults) the installation continues and ...
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How to make kickstart exit

Is there a way to make a RedHat kickstart installation exit during the %pre% section? I have a condition I'm checking, and if it's true, I'd like the installation to not continue. I have tried using ...
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RHEL6 kick start fails with kernel panic - not syncing error

On a brand new (just unboxed) Dell Precision 7500 computer, I began a kickstart using a red hat boot disk and a kickstart file hosted at an http address. There is a picture of the full error below ...
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Kickstart Key Error /dev/sda

I'm attempting to use a Kickstart file to provision a Thinkmate server that has 8 SDDs (0-7). The kickstart file I'm using is a slightly edited version of one that we successfully use all over our ...
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How to get CentOS 6 kickstart to ask for hostname?

I'm using the CentOS 6 netinstall ISO with some kickstart files on an http server. When the ISO boots I hit TAB and enter the boot options asknetwork ks=http://<ip-address>/path/to/kickstart.ks. ...
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Kickstart - how to exit if an OS already exists

I have what is surely a remedial question for anyone with more Linux experience. I need to check if an operating system is already installed in my kickstart script, and if so, prompt the user if they ...
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kickstart: reference floppy drive via %ksappend or %include

Having trouble getting %ksappend or %include to work when referencing a local floppy drive. Booting off remote server's cd-rom drive I am able to load the CentOS 6 minimal install image, and then add ...
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How to use the tftp server for serving files of the WDS provided tftp

I have to deploy a CentOs image via WDS ( windows deployment server ). For this I need to serve the CentOs image .Now I want to use the tftp server provided via WDS.I will have to provide the url of ...
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Running Kickstart from Debian-based system: /dev/shm bind mount fails

The following failure occurs since /dev/shm is a symlink to /run/shm on newer Debian and Ubuntu systems. Is there a way to adjust this behavior in Kickstart so it tries to also mount from /run/shm? I ...
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CentOS Install - Starting a Kickstart

I have a kickstart file hosted. Let's say it is hosted at http://example.com/ks/ks.cfg I booted the CentOS 6.2 media and hit tab. Before editing anything this shows: vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img I ...
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Linux unattended installation

I'm wondering if it's possible to do a network installation (PXE Boot) from a disk image. I know that I could use Kickstart files or Cobbler but my servers have a lot of custom settings (additional ...
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Unattended Kickstart Install

I've looked around quite a bit and have seen similar setup and questions, but none seem to work for me. I'm using the following command to create a custom ISO: /usr/bin/livecd-creator ...
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Red Hat Kickstart install stops to ask me to edit the repository when I'm using the DVD repo

So, I've been trying to get a kickstart install with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 to work, using the package repo on the DVD. As such, I've tried using the following line in my ks.cfg: repo ...
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CentOS Kickstart on KVM doesn't clear partition labels

I used a kickstart file with the command clearpart --all --initlabel to make sure anaconda would clear any disks before trying to create and format new partitions. This has worked in the past for me, ...
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rhel6 kickstart provisioning of a pair of SSD as a striped LVM as /data

I'm doing something like this and formatting the filesystem is taking a long time so I'm guessing I have something wrong. sda is spinning and sdb, sdc and sdd are SSD. clearpart ...
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Unattended Fedora kickstart that works as CD/DVD *and* USB

Is it possible to create one ISO with one kickstart file that will work correctly when written to CD/DVD and as a USB? As far as I can tell I need two separate versions as modifications are needed in ...
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Does `mkisofs` modify the boot image and/or boot catalog?

I've been playing around with Kickstart on RHEL 6.2, and that involves re-mastering the install ISO. I've noticed something strange, though. If I issue the following command once (where diskFiles is ...
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Red Hat Kickstart: How do I get a DVD-ROM based install to work?

I'm trying to create a "Magic DVD" that will install and configure RHEL 6.2 just the way we want it the first time, every time. Here's the process I've been trying to use, just to prove the concept: ...
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How to turn off SSL certificate verification for RedHat Kickstartfile downloading

I'm using Foreman for RedHat 6.0 booting over ipxe (but that shouldn't matter ;) The kernel parameters used for booting are: kernel http://192.168.1.5/dist/rhel/6.0/os/x86_64/images/pxeboot/vmlinuz ...
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How can I troubleshoot a failing Linux kickstart installation?

I am having some trouble getting my pxebooting kickstart process working. The script is known to work when installed via a DVD with the local media on the disk. I have updated the script to work ...
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Installing RHEL/CentOS over FTP using kickstart

I have the following command to install CentOS using the virtual vsFTP server that I have at 192.168.122.1: virt-install --name kickstart.example.com --ram 768 \ --disk ...
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Kickstart SSH usage

I have a small Kickstart script which (among other things) connects to our Puppet master, approves the certificate request and then creates a basic framework for a new server. Within my Kickstart ...
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How do I base a volume group name on the sytem's name in a cobbler kickstart template?

We normally use autopart for patitioning. However, it's default sizing logic does not match our needs (we want to limit the size of the home logical volume). When we try to manually partition the ...
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Linux Kickstart Scipts

I've been working on a kickstart script for a Scientific Linux install. My goal is to create a CD ISO so that someone can install it easily on a server. I've been able to do a decent amount with it ...
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How to build a driver disk for an anaconda install (CentOS 6)

I need to make a driver disk for anaconda. This disk would contain an updated module for the network card of a somewhat recent laptop and the goal is to get a network install of CentOS 6.2 working. I ...
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Kickstart PXE Boot Installation not working

I tried installing PXE Boot Installation Server on RHEL 6.0. I seem to have done everything according to the page: http://www.linux-sxs.org/internet_serving/pxeboot.html. In my case, the client ...
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How do I pass arguments from the PXE command line to a kickstart %pre, %post script?

Basically I want an ARGV like usage on the PXE command line, but I can't see any documentation to do this. basically I want to pass something like scientific-linux-6 HOSTNAME VLAN then in %pre hit ...
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Why is bluetooth support one of the default packages in “Base” when doing an RHEL/CentOS server install? [closed]

This is an issue that has bugged me for a long time - why would the default server installation of RHEL?CentOS include desktop/laptop packages like bluetooth? When using kickstart, I will usually ...
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disable gpgcheck when using the repo command in a kickstart file

Is there a way to by-pass the gpgcheck when using the repo command in a kickstart file? I'm trying to define the repository to use for "package" installation. At the moment on install, the first ...
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centos 6.2 remote kickstart installation

Using centos 6.2 I would like to kickoff installation via a kickstart file on a remote machine. In centos 5 I noticed that there is an initial prompt where the kickstart location can be set, but I ...
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PyCURL couldn't resolve “cdrom:sr0” during CentOS 6.2 kickstart installation

I'm trying to install CentOS 6.2 by kickstart, and I'm using the stock minimal ISO and the auto-generated anaconda-ks.cfg. After the installation finished partition the hard drive, I get an error ...
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Modify XFS filesystem creation parameters during kickstart installation

I'm streamlining the kickstart process for a series of EL6.2 (RHEL, CentOS, SL, etc.) systems. I'd prefer to use XFS over ext4 for the growth/data partition. However, I'd like some control over the ...
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Package list for Kickstart

Is there anyway I can get the package list off of a live Linux box and put that into a kickstart? Edit: Sorry...This is on a Fedora box
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CentOS 6 - How to modify iptables during kickstart install?

I'm having trouble modifying iptables configuration during a customized kickstart installation of CentOS 6. The kickstart process is installing several custom RPMs on top of a minimal ISO image. ...
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Choosing a device name under /dev from the kernel command line

I am booting CentOS via a USB install. The boot method is simply booting the ISO from GRUB2 installed on the USB Key and then grabbing a Kickstart file from a server in the net. The Kickstart file is ...
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How to create a RHEL/CentOS boot media that automatically loads kickstart from the network?

I've build a local network where using DHCP, kickstart templating and local mirrors I can automate the installation of any RedHat-type operating system. It still requires me to go to the machine (or ...
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CentOS 6 kickstart ignoring 'selinux --disabled'

I've been fighting with this one for a bit and it seems that there has been a regression in CentOS 6 as far as anaconda ignoring the selinux --disabled directive. This appears to have first appeared ...
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How can I register a RHEL6 server via kickstart without using up a “Management” entitlement?

It seems that the only way I could get RHEL 6 to register is adding the following to the kickstart's %post stanza: rhnreg_ks --serverUrl=https://xmlrpc.rhn.redhat.com/XMLRPC ...
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Is it possible to kickstart Redhat 5.5 x64 rescue?

I'm trying to kickstart a system over the network into rescue using ILO/DRAC. Through the DRAC, I can virtually mount Redhat's boot.img ISO. Is there an easy way to do this? I created a kickstart ...
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Setting up a kickstart boot-dvd

I'm not sure if this is the right stackexchange site to ask this on. But I'm trying to set up a kickstart boot dvd for RHEL5.5. I also want to add some RPM's on it to install after with the %post ...
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Kickstart: Serve dynamic kickstart images via a CGI or PHP script?

I'd like to Kickstart a couple dozen RHEL6/SL6 servers. However, some of these servers are different and I don't want to create a new ks.cfg file for each class of server. Is there any way I can ...
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Kickstart virtual console: No 'Shell prompt' at Alt-F2

I am installing Scientific Linux 6.1 via kickstart, and I am trying to debug a problem. According to Tips and tricks for anaconda and kickstart, I should have several virtual consoles available: ...
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What in a kickstart file sets the desktop GUI as default (runlevel 5)?

I am using Scientific Linux 6 and am installing the following desktop-related package groups: @basic-desktop @desktop-platform @general-desktop @x11 However, after installation, /etc/inittab still ...
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How can I install packages from the RHEL6's Optional Channel via Kickstart?

I typically install puppet via kickstart. Apparently, puppet now requires a package (libselinux-ruby) that is included in the Red Hat's Optional Channel. I was under the impression I could only use ...
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Installing yum repositories that are specified in kickstart file

Right now, I am specifying repositories to be used for installation in the kickstart file via the repo directive. I am then, re-specifying those repositories to be added to the /etc/yum.repos.d ...
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how to do a kickstart installation of CentOS 6.0 on a Areca 1880i hardware RAID card

I have a server with this hardware two Intel Xeon E5620 CPUs Areca 1880i 8-port SAS RAID PCIe 512MB cache Areca Battery Backup Module 5 pcs Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723030ALA640 64MB 3TB and ...