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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DRAC virtual floppy and kickstart?

Situation: I've got some machines with Dell iDRAC6 Enterprises that I need to kickstart remotely. Usually, I'd go to the datacenter, jam the CD and floppy (with ks.cfg) in the machine, and be on my ...
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Creating directories under /mnt during %post portion of Kickstart

In the %post section of my kickstart script, I've created multiple directories that's required before Puppet takes over. I noticed 2 of my directories under /mnt do not get created. I'm wondering if ...
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Tips for optimizing RHEL/CentOS kickstart workflow

I'm working in an environment that consists of CentOS systems located in multiple data centers and office locations. I've been using a reasonable kickstart with a solid post-install script, but want ...
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Kickstart partitioning help

I need to configure a RAID using a kickstart file. I have four hardrives sda sdb sdc and sdd on which I plan to set-up the following partitions: hda1 and hdb1 I want them to be set as a 8GB primary ...
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RHEL kickstart adding RAID driver question

I've an IBM X3550M3 which I want to kickstart over the network and install RHEL5.u4 I get so far then it cannot recognize the built-in raid device - it does this with a straight DVD hands on install ...
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Logging all the commands executed during a kickstart installation to file and screen

I'm using the following kickstart post installation logging options: %post exec < /dev/tty3 > /dev/tty3 chvt 3 echo echo "################################" echo "# Running Post ...
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How to add bind mount in redhat kickstart?

I would like to add a bind mount to my redhat server that gets reimaged via kickstart. Problem I am facing is, it looks like %pre is too early and %post is too late. For example I would like to take ...
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kickstart from USB stick with RPMs not in ISO (CentOS5.x)

We have been looking to setup a USB disk (stick) for uniformly configuring our servers. (and when I say "we" I mean my colleague figured it out with my occasional help) We would like to explicitly ...
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Kickstart installation: Unable to read package metadata

I'm trying to install a CentOS OS with kickstart using HTTP as the installation source. The kickstart server and the installed server are both running on VMs on the same machine. after the anaconda ...
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RHEL kickstart with external DVDrom drive

HI I've an old Dell poweredge server with an CDROM drive. I've attached a USB DVDROM and USB stick with my ks.cfg on so I can install RHEL from DVD not loads of CDs :-) I can boot from the RHEL ...
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Kickstart PXE boot ubuntu 10.04

I am trying to do a fully automated install of Ubuntu 10.04 My pxelinux.cfg/default file looks like this - label linux kernel ubuntu-installer/amd64/linux ipappend 2 append ...
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CentOS 5.5 remote kickstart installation stalls at “Starting install process.” How to debug?

I'm having a difficult time with a remote CentOS 5.5 kickstart installation on an HP ProLiant DL360 G6. This is in an environment where I maintain an internal CentOS yum repository. The kickstart ...
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Customize Red Hat installation - /mnt/runtime directory

I am installing a RHEL 5.5. I have seen one DVD that have a complex %pre script in ks.cfg and it used some customized python scripts in /mnt/runtime. It's cool and I wish to customize installation ...
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BAD ARCHIVE MIRROR using PXE BOOT method

i m trying to automatically install UBUNTU on a client PC by using the method of PXE BOOT method....my Objectives are below:- i m following the steps given in this link installation using PXE BOOT ...
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RHEL5 Bootable Kickstart DVD - Anaconda ignores my ks.cfg

I have created a kickstart file, ks.cfg, which I wish to package with the RHEL5 install DVD. I extracted all the files from the DVD to a working directory '/root/cd': cp -a /media/RHEL* /root/cd/ I ...
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Problem with kickstart

I created a kickstart file ks.cfg and then I have put that in the bootable disk*(Ubuntu 10.04)* and then added the following line to the isolinux.cfg linux ks=ks.cfg and have not removed any other ...
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CentOS 5.5 Install Customization

I'm having a frustrating time with customizing my initial CentOS 5.5 installation. I want to have a specific set of the packages installed (e.g. I want Java and httpd but not OpenOffice or NewsServer) ...
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Automatically generated /etc/hosts is wrong

I've created a kickstart script to install CentOS 5.5 (32bit) in a fully automated way. The DNS/DHCP setup correctly gives the system the right hostname in both the forward and reverse lookups. dig ...
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Automating MySQL configuration with kickstart

I've been testing deployment for a website with some virtual servers. I have most of my deployment steps done via kickstart file (package installation and user creation). However, for MySQL I have to: ...
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NIC reordering on RHEL5/CentOS 5

I have an HP ProLiant DL360 G6 containing two onboard NICs as well as an HP NC375T (NetXen NX3031 chipset) 4-port PCIe card. The system was running with eth0 and eth1 belonging to the onboard NICs and ...
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Kickstarting VMWare ESX 4.1 (Error: No NIC with name bootif)

I'm having an issue kickstarting an installation of VMWaare ESX Classic 4.1. I've stripped down my kickstart a bit to just: accepteula keyboard us auth clearpart --firstdisk --overwritevmfs url ...
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Downloading and running a custom set of scripts in the cobbler kickstart file for Fedora

I need to use rysnc to get a series of files from a server on the network in the cobbler kickstart file. Can I just add the rsync command line to the file to be run in the %post section of the file or ...
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Cobbler kickstart file for Fedora adding packages

Can I assume that if you add packages such as httpd and php these will be installed via "yum install" as long as I specify them after the %packages in the kickstart file? Thanks
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When are root's SSH keys generated?

I have hosts with and without keys in /root/.ssh. I've noticed before some on screen feedback for SSH key generation on start up (first time.) But I am not sure what the catalyst is. I have looked ...
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Creating a custom kickstart file for cobbler and fedora installation

I am trying to write a custom kickstart file for use with cobbler in automating installations across the network. I am having some issues understanding the kickstart file and wondered if anyone knows ...
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Optional 'network' statements in kickstart file?

I have a kickstart file which I want to use for machines with different numbers of network interfaces. When I have a KS file with multiple network clauses for multiple interfaces, anaconda refuses to ...
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Ubuntu Kickstart installation using LVM waits for input

I have a PXE Boot Setup for installing CentOS 5 and Ubuntu 10.04 via Kickstart. I use LVM and installing CentOS without any user interaction works but Ubuntu always asks to "confirm to write changes ...
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PXE booting via a trunk port?

is is possible to pxe boot (a la as the first step in a cobbler install) when a system is hooked into a spanned switch port? I guess my question is can the pxe process somehow be made aware of vlan ...
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Multiple RAID controllers plus SAN volumes during CentOS 5 kickstart install

Okay so I ran into a situation while trying to perform a CentOS 5.5 PXE boot kickstart install on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 with a PERC6/i RAID controller along with dual LSI Logic/Symbios Logic SAS1068 ...
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Kickstarting an Ubuntu Server 10.04 installation (DHCP fails)

I'm trying to automate the network installation of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS with an anaconda kickstart and everything seems to running except for the initial DHCP autoconfiguration. The installer attempts to ...
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centos xen http kickstart installation fails with : 'Unknown command: <!DOCTYPE'

I am trying to install a Centos 5.5 xen domU using this method: http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Xen/InstallingCentOSDomU It suggests a kickstart config file served by the local apache. I managed to ...
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Create kickstart configuration file from existing configuration

Is there a script or another way to automatically generate a kickstart configuration file from the system state of an existing server so that the file can be use to replicate (not clone) the ...
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kickstart ks.cfg: Where should `url --url` point?

I have a kickstart file (ks.cfg) on a floppy (Old style). I am trying to install CentOS 5.4. The top of my ks.cfg says this: install # Install from local cdrom or over the network. #cdrom url --url ...
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Fedora distribution update pop-up after fresh installation

We are doing a kickstart installation of Fedora 10 at our place. I am quite intimidated by the distribution update pop up that comes up after the O/S installation. I want a keyword to put into the ...
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how to install kickstart in client system

i am trying to install centos 5.3 with kickstart but it displaying "unable to download kickstart file. please modify the kickstart parameter" what is the environment required in server to install ...
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RHEL 5.3 Kickstart - How specify location of individual package in Workstation folder?

I keep getting "package does not exist" errors during the install. I made a kickstart ISO to create an unattended install of a RHEL 5.3 build machine for C++ software releases. It pulls the ...
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Linux `alternatives --config` without user input

I am writing a RHEL kickstart script, and in my %post, I need to install a JRE. Basically, the current setup involves me needing to manually go in after first boot and set the newly installed JRE as ...
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Possible to run system-config-network during %post kickstart?

I'm currently trying to figure out a smart way to set IP, hostname, gateway and DNS settings during a kickstart (with user input during the kickstart). Doing this with firstboot after the install is ...
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Problems with kickstart script, partition info crashes deployment

Currently testing cobbler, but have problem with the kickstart script when the partition information is loaded. Here is my ks: http://pastebin.ca/1824343 I can't figure out what is the problem with ...
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SSH public key authentication - can one public key be used for multiple users?

I am wanting to deploy a RHEL5 server using Kickstarts and for security I only want to allow remote clients to ssh to the server as the user 'Developer' (I have already configured the sshd config to ...
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How do I execute a command before kickstart parses ks.cfg?

How do I execute a command before kickstart parses ks.cfg? My specific problem is that I want to install redhat into a tmpfs by telling kickstart: part / --fstype ext3 --size 1000 --maxsize 4000 ...
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Fine line between kickstart and puppet

I'm interested in Puppet configuration management system, but wonder where the fine line goes between kick-start and Puppet? Today I do a lot of tasks in kick-start (powered by Cobbler), including ...
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Scripted install vs cloning

What are the downside of cloning vs scripted installation (using Kick-start / Puppet)? I read a lot of pro-scripted install opinion, where cloning is considered as unreliable method due to ever ...
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How do I remote reinstall a Redhat OS?

What's the best solution for quickly reinstalling Redhat 5 remotely? Requirements: We have a lot of servers. We want to keep a "static ip" configuration for each machine. (Also users). We have a ...
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Red Hat server minimal install

In a farm of virtualized Red Hat servers, there's the need to install a minimal system for security reasons. Minimal installs have several advantages (even no security related): Less exposure to ...
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adding kickstart to a cd in windows

I'd like to add a kickstart file to a fedora DVD for an automated install. I don't ahve access to a Linux box though, just windows. How can I remaster the iso to add the kickstart file?