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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Fresh Red Hat 6.4 kickstarts out-of-date

I am using an updated rhel-x86_64-server-6.4 channel to kickstart RHEL 6.4. What can explain servers being kickstarted with an out-of-date RHEL? I would like to kickstart the server with the latest ...
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Copy files from custom DVD to RHEL

I have a kickstart based DVD that I want to use to setup a few identicat servers. The DVD is an exact copy of a RHEL iso image, with the addition of a directory named "custom". Under that directory, I ...
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Automated Linux VMs on Hyper-V 2012

I have a requirement to create a ton of linux VMs for our customers (we run managed infrastructure) on Hyper-V 2012 in the coming months and I have an issue with automating it. Here is how I need it ...
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Ubuntu Server Preseed issues (Partitioning)

I'm installing 14 Ubuntu 12.10 amd64 servers in an IBM Bladecenter.. I'm having trouble getting past the partitioner step with the preseed file I made. I think I'm having a problem here boot-root ...
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How to create a custom ISO image in CentOS

I am trying to create a custom ISO image which would install the minimal required RPMS along with some custom written RPM of my app. and Also wants to perform some post install steps like configuring ...
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How is the boot order of SAS drives determined?

This probably seems like a simple question, but hear me out. Here's the scenario that caused me to ask this question, as this is not so much a "how to" question but a "why" question: I was trying to ...
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Cannot seem to get Ubuntu Kickstart and preseed to cooperate with partitioning

I am trying to set up a minimal installation for some Ubuntu 12.04 workstations where I can pop in a CD-ROM, hit enter a couple times, and have it build me a ready-made system for imaging and ...
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ksappend does not work in RHEL/CO 6 any more?

I am currently in the progress of migrating our kickstart-files from CentOS 5 to CentOS 6. In CentOS 5 there was a nice anaconda/kickstart-statement that allowed the inclusion of other ...
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Is there a way to run kickstart scripts on a pre-existing server?

We normally provision servers using kickstart scripts (served by Cobbler) when installing the operating system. But we are to be given a new server from an ISP that already has the operating system ...
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How can you prompt for the EULA in Kickstart?

I am trying to modify a Kickstart script so that it does not auto-accept the EULA (which it seems to skip right now.)
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Setup kickstart boot for all installation media types (cd and usb-flash)

I created own custom CentOS iso. I used mkisofs make it. This is part of my isolinux.cfg file: label vesa menu label Install ^RAIDIX system kernel vmlinuz append initrd=initrd.img ...
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RHEL 6.4 custom dvd boot issue

I'm creating a custom RHEL 6.4 iso to save myself time while rebuilding standalone hosts. Before I customize the menus and add the extra kickstart files in I have tried a simple unpack -> repack to ...
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Is it possible to create a RHEL 5.7 channel based on updated (5.9) RHEL channels in Satellite?

I would however like to kickstart new servers based on RHEL 5.7. Both official Red Hat channels in Satellite are already updated to RHEL 5.9 and RHEL 6.4 though. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 for ...
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Why does Satellite need a kickstartable distribution for cloned channels, but not on the official main Red Hat Channel?

I have been using Satellite for a while now and I am able to kickstart machines directly from the official main RH channels Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 for 64-bit x86_64) Red Hat Enterprise Linux ...
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Unable to download the Kickstart file…

I have tried for several hours to get this Kickstart installation going but to no avail. I have port 21, 22 and 80 opened and even tried FTP and HTTP to access this Kickstart file but it won't work. ...
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kickstart partitioning error with LVM

In Kickstart, I keep on getting the error; Adding this partition would not leave enough disk space for already allocated logical volumes in vg_ibus I do not get why I am getting this error. ...
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kickstart ESXi vim-cmd hostsvc/enable_ssh : 503 service unavailable

In my vmware ESXi kickstart file, the following command vim-cmd hostsvc/enable_ssh failed with the error message - 503 service unavailable. After Vmware ESXi kickstart installation, if I type the ...
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Kickstart Installation from USB

My goal is to install Oracle Linux 6.3 from USB. My problem is when I copy DVD media to USB. The symlink file repodata is unable to create because the file system is FAT/FAT32. Below is the symlink ...
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Kickstart Red Hat 5.x

I am having a little issue with the ks.cfg file; I read a post that said I should copy it into the isolinux folder but it is write-protected. What do I do? Secondly, I read another post that makes ...
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How do I specify a driver disk image that is on the local cdrom?

I have a working RedHat kickstart, but I need it to load a RAID storage driver at the outset. I have the driver for this RAID card, all packaged up in a nice driver disk image. How do I specify ...
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Kickstart Centos USB Key Centos 6.3

I have got an annoying issue when I try to use it using a USBkey install on a physical box that googleing is not helping. The installation works fine if I specify a URL as install media, but it does ...
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Ubuntu kickstart configuration file fails with error: The file may be corrupt

I'm trying to install my ubuntu servers with iPXE. I have created the kickstart file with system-config-kickstart, but once downloaded by the installing server, the parsing fails with the error: The ...
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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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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 ...