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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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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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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PXE Linux config does not append network parameters to start kickstart installation

I am trying to perform a PXE boot on a server with the following PXE linux configuration located in pxelinux.cfg/default: default cli label cli menu label kickstart-installation ...
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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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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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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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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 http://...
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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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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 - 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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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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Potential of multiple network interfaces during RHEL deployment

I want to deploy RHEL (6x64, though I think this should be applicable across versions) onto systems which may or may not have more than one NIC card. Will kickstart error if I have multiple lines ...
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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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Can I Mount an ISO Image Served over FTP / HTTP During the Kickstart %post Process of a RHEL 7 / CentOS 7?

I'm attempting to customize a RHEL 7 / CentOS 7 kickstart (ks.cfg) file, which is loaded via PXE booting to mount an ISO file that is accessible via FTP / HTTP. I understand Busybox tools are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 see:...
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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 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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Send linux kernel paramters to VM guest in VMware

I have research a lot about this but I can't find anything that answers my question. My question is how would I send/pass linux kernel parameters to a VM guest in VMware vsphere (so I don't need to ...
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Can Satellite registration be done in Kickstart's `%pre` stanza?

In a presentation from 2010 RedHat Summit, I saw Satellite registration (rhnreg_ks) done in a %pre stanza, while RedHat's current docs (as well as this answer) do it in %post. Registering in %post ...
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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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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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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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Network Kickstart RHEL 5 vs Kickstart RHEL 6, vmlinuz doesn't support nameservers?

I use PXE + kickstart in conjunction with Foreman, to install new hosts over the network. I've run into a problem while trying to install Red Hat 5. It looks like the older vmlinuz in RH5 does not ...
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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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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 virtual-...
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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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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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ks.cfg file + how to fit the ks.cfg for PXE server

I want to configure the ks.cfg file under PXE server So I will able to install linux from PXE server PXE server include the files ( initrd.img & vmlinuz ) and the ks.cfg My default ks.cfg was ...
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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 boots,...
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Exception AttributeError related to kickstart file- Unable to network boot Centos via Cobbler

I'm trying to install CentOS7 via Cobbler. I've created a new Kickstart file, although I've taken many of the lines from another Kickstart file for a different server. I'm getting the following error ...
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How can I make Kickstart chose which build to run, depending on the subnet of the client?

I have 2 possible subnets that systems could be built in using Kickstart, with the subnet of the client directing which build should occur. How could I go about this? I have tried the following %...
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Custom centos6.7 iso does not boot in uefi

I have created a custom CentOS 6.7 iso and in BIOS it boots and installs my application successfully. When I configured my VMware to boot in UEFI i get this error: -EFI Virtusl disk (0.0)... ...
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CentOS Kickstart - failed to find a suitable stage1 device

I've been trying to PXE boot a CentOS 7 installation, and keep on getting an error: storage configuration failed: failed to find a suitable stage1 device Now, I think this will be because of my ...
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How to reboot from a chroot environment?

I have a kickstart file that I use to install CentOS 7. I run some scripts in the %post section of the kickstart file. In the script, there is a checking for the compatibility of the machine, and if ...
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CentOS 6 Xen Kickstart

According to the Xen4 CentOS QuickStart I need to enable the CentOS-Extras repository so I can perform yum install centos-release-xen. Since I have to do this on about 16 system I wanted to do this ...
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How can I manage dual boot with Foreman?

I have about 80 machines that need to boot both CentOS 7 (for most applications) and CentOS 6 (for one stubborn app). There seems to be very little documentation out there on getting Kickstart files ...
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Puppet: Unable to add Puppetlabs repository to a kickstart file, but why?

I'm trying to get kickstart to add Puppetlabs repo and later in the ks script to install puppet package but to no avail. Things I've done: I've enabled puppet installation by cobbler: sed -i 's/...
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Foreman server provision complains /tmp/ks.cfg

I installed foreman 1.9.0 on a redhat 7.1 and try to provision a centos 6.6 with the default kickstart and kickstart pxe. I tried to modify parameters, but it complains all the time on the same lines....
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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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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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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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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 ...