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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Anaconda kickstart and rootpw option

I've tried a few different methods of generating an encrypted password on SL 6.5, but nothing seems to work for me. I'm not finding any errors anywhere in the various /var/log/anaconda* files, but I ...
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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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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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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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RHEL Clones (Centos, Scientific, CERN) network installation on XenServer 6.2

I'm trying to install a Scientific Linux CERN 6 guest on XenServer 6.2 through the network with PXE Booting but it hangs in the message: mounting /tmp as tmpfs... done I'm not using the most ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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examples of kickstart files for CentOS 5.3

I want to install CentOS as a server os using kickstart. I know normally you can install a system and get a copy of the kickstart file with the installation options you selected at install time. I'm ...
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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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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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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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Kickstart partitioning with ext4 in autopart mode?

When installing CentOS 6.x, how to specify the filesystem type with ext4 and also use the autopart directive in kickstart file? The default filesystem type with autopart directive used is ext3, which ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kickstart %post issue

I'm configuring a kickstart profile and I'd like to create some script file. I'm doing like this: cat <<EOF >>/scripts/myfile.pl #!/usr/bin/perl ... my $int; `useradd me`; ... EOF ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...