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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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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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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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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Spacewalk, Kickstart, Cobbler, PXE, Dnsmasq

I have installed a Spacewalk server. One of the final features I am trying to configure is Kickstart. I cannot seem to find any definitive documentation on how to set this up in a "real environment". ...
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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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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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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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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

Doing an unattended install of CentOS 7. I'm setting two disks to me mirrored. bootloader --location=mbr --driveorder=sda,sdb zerombr clearpart --all --initlabel # Disk partitioning part raid.01 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 installation from USB — Kickstart location

After managing to get a Fedora ISO to rebuild successfully (for a USB stick) after adding a kickstart file (http://serverfault.com/questions/548405/), I now have an issue with locating the kickstart ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Kickstart based installation of RHEL 6.4 from USB

I want to setup some brand new servers with RHEL 6.4. Servers do not have DVD, so, I have to use USB for the installation. I already have a custom ISO with a kickstart file that I use on servers with ...
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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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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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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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Creating bootable Fedora USB with persistent storage

I am attempting to burn the full Fedora 19 x86_64 DVD iso to a USB drive and have a separate partition on it for a kickstart file / other media that will be installed in the kickstart process. 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...