Preseeding provides a way to set answers to questions asked during the installation process of a Debian operating system.

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How to get HTTP preseed to work correctly on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid)?

Installation media: ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso I tried a lot of different boot parameters, but either the installer ignored the preseed configuration, or it boot itself directly as LiveCD. An ...
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debian 6 preseeding keeps asking “Write the changes to disks and configure LVM?”

I try to use an expert recipe configuring lvm for debian 6.0.5 netinstall. I don't want to be asked any questions, but it keeps asking me "Write the changes to disks and configure LVM?" Here is part ...
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Debian/Ubuntu set preseed mirror variable via early/run command

I need to know how can I add this to preseeding via d-i early/command or d-i preseed/run to set my mirror inside preseed.cfg from /proc/cmdline argument. If I do: d-i preseed/run string ...
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12.04 preseeded install with RAID and LVM

I am trying to set up a preseed install (Ubuntu 12.04.03 64-bit) with the following partitioning recipe, but it's just not working and I'm not sure why. Please, Obi-Wan, you're my only hope. The -1 ...
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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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Ensure USB disk is never sda, even when booting from it

Some Background... I think this should be a general linux kernel (or kernel module) related question, though I'm facing the issue while preseeding debian for an automated installation. Every time I ...
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reusing existing RAIDs on preseeded installation

I'm trying to automate the reinstallation process of existing Ubuntu installations. Partition layout: md0( raid1, /dev/sda1#/dev/sdb1 ) - swap (2G) md1( raid1, /dev/sda2#/dev/sdb2 ) - / (20G) md2( ...
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PXE boot and DHCP server configuration Failing Auto Installation

I have a ISC DHCP Server installed on Ubuntu 9.10 . I have managed to successfully boot a PXE client , obtain a DHCP address and load the initrd.gz file. But I am facing a vague problem when the ...
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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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How do I preseed a simple RAID5 setup on Ubuntu Server? [closed]

I have three 2TB drives in the machine; I want a RAID5 of ~4TB capacity, and 100GB or so of swap space. No LVM, no encryption, no fanciness. This is easy to do using the interactive installer, but I'm ...
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Unattended installation with preseed — give a custom device to partman-auto

I'm doing an unattended installation of Ubuntu-14.04-server with a USB drive and a preseed file on different type of servers (HP Proliant ML110, ML310, ML350). On the ML110 and ML310, the hard drive ...
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How to use/debug Debian preseed with SSL using Startssl Certs

preseeding work perfect for me using: auto url=http://mydomain.com/preseed.cfg but as soon as i use a https connection, it doesn't work any more. auto url=https://mydomain.com/preseed.cfg with ...
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Passing variables to use in the preseed file for a Debian Jessie installation

Is it possible to add a variable via the boot prompt to the Debian installer, so that variable can be used in a preseed file? In particular, I'm trying to solve the following problem: We have a ...
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Hard drive is not detected at early stage of unattended installation

I'm doing an unattended installation of Ubuntu-14.04-server with a USB drive and a preseed file on different type of servers (HP Proliant ML110, ML310, ML350). This preseed file contains multiple ...
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Ubuntu installer over PXE doesn't see network adapters => can't download preseed

I'm booting one virtualbox VM from another virtualbox VM (with cobbler) over PXE. Both machines have 2 adapters: 1) external network and 2) host-only network. The "client" VM successfully boots into ...
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When seeding a Windows DFS replication copy, do you need to copy security?

I may need to rebuild a 1TB Windows 2008 DFS replication folder between our UK and USA sites. It's good practise to seed the other copy before starting replication so that the bulk of the data doesn't ...
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Securely deploying secrets to boxes during provisioning

During a fully automated deployment on physical hardware (using pxeboot / preseed / kickstart to install and configure a minimal system for bootstrapping) we need to deploy certain secrets - such as ...
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preseeding locales in debian

I am trying to use debconf to preseed the values for the locales package in Debian squeeze, so that I can reconfigure it non-interactively to, e.g., generate all locales. I extract the right selection ...
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How do you install Ubuntu Server with a custom kernel?

I'm installing Ubuntu Server in a machine that has certain RAID controller not supported by the default kernel. A patch for the kernel has to be downloaded and compiled as a module for this to work. ...
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Debian 8.3.0 - PXE installer asking for CDROM?

I'm sure I'm missing something easy, but I can't think of what it is. I used Cobbler to import Debian 8.3.0, but when I attempt to install it on a machine attached to the network, the installer asks ...
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How to preseed options before network in Debian/Ubuntu PXE installation?

I'm trying to fully automate an Ubuntu installation over the network, but the preseed file is loaded only after the network adapter detection. Even with those options in the preseed file the ...
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Preseeding Ubuntu partman recipe using LVM and RAID

I'm trying to preseed Ubuntu 12.04 server installation and created a recipe that would create RAID 1 on 2 drives and then partition that using LVM. Unfortunately partman complains when creating LVM ...
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Ubuntu 10.10 / Debian preseed keyboard origin seed

Using a preseed file for Ubuntu 10.10 alternate, I am unable to skip pass the "Origin of keyboard" question. Any ideas why? My preseed file is as below Reference link here #### Contents of the ...
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veewee: build gets stuck during installation of libssl on debian 7.4

I'm new to vagrant and veewee. I'm trying to build a debian 7.4 image but after running the build veewee vbox build 'debian-7.4' the process gets stuck on the installation of libssl because it ...
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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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preseed command string fail with newline character using virt-install initrd-inject

I am creating a new virtual machine using libvirt's virt-install command. The command pulls a local preseed file from the hypervisor using initrd-inject: virt-install \ --autostart \ --name vm1 \ ...
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Debian: preseed partitioning results in deadlock

I'm using this code in my preseed.cfg for debian testing (wheezy): #Partman partman-auto partman-auto/init_automatically_partition select 50some_device__________regular partman-auto ...
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Debian preseed.cfg - Language not set

I'm trying to write a preseed.cfg which should be used for a full automated installation of Debian wheezy. For some reasons the installer is still asking to select a lanugage even if I set this in my ...
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How can I install a system with apt-get without ncurses configuration screens?

I wrote a BASH script for doing an unattendend install on an ARM based Debian system. One of the packages being installed is samba. I added apt-get -y install samba into my setup routine, but ...
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Ubuntu Preseed not using local mirror

I have a full ubuntu mirror located on the server http://leelah.home.ianwilson.org/ubuntu/ In my preseed.cfg file, I have the following d-i config for selecting my country mirror: d-i ...
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Is it possible to use preseed/url with authentication?

We are using a preseed.cfg via preseed/url to automate system deployment/configuration. The preseed files are kept in source control (Subversion). This makes them readily available via HTTP, with ...
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preseeding debian netinstall does not get preseed file via http

I am trying to do a preconfigured netinstall of debian 6, using preseeding. I have setup a tftp server, which serves kernel and initrd, however the parameters specifying the preseed file seam not to ...
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Unable to NFS mount in Debian preseed target

I am installing Debian 7.5 using a preseed. I am using the linux and initrd.gz supplied by Debain 7.5 for PXE booting. I have gotten the entire system to the point where I can install the OS ...
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Installing Debian with PXE and preseed and dynamic IP address, but configure it finally with static IP address

I had setup an infrastructure for automatic installation of Debian based machines. It uses PXE booting with DHCP and TFTP servers, and preseed to automate the OS installation. What I want is: use ...
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Specifying preseed for debian installer inside the initrd as a kernel argument

I'm setting up an installer using both PXE and USB, and it works well, however I need to add a few different options to the boot menu to use different preseed files. This is for different situations, ...
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Debian preseed late_command is not executed

On /var/log/installer/cdebconf/questions.dat i says this: Name: preseed/late_command Template: preseed/late_command Value: wget ...
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Debian Preseed use whole device for LVM Physical Volume

I have the following recipe for a preseed install (truncated for readability): d-i partman-auto/expert_recipe string \ boot-root :: \ 1 1 1 free \ $iflabel{ gpt } \ $reusemethod{ } ...
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Preseed RAID10 does not seem to work

I have this config (excerpt) for my preseed d-i partman-auto/method string raid d-i partman-auto/disk string /dev/sda /dev/sdb /dev/sdc /dev/sdd d-i partman-auto/expert_recipe string \ ...
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Install package to use with early_command in Ubuntu preseed file

I'm trying to make api calls during an ubuntu install using curl, but it always returns the error code 127 which means the command does not exist, this is what it looks like: d-i ...
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Run preseed commands as specific user / switching users

Beside the usual setup where I create a normal user foo, I want to run a few d-i preseed/late_command commands as that foo user. My initial thought was to simply call those commands with sudo, e.g: ...
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Ubuntu preseed install fails: VFS: Cannot open root device “(null)” or unknown-block

I'm attempting to do an Ubuntu 11.10 server install using a preseed file for the first time. I created my preseed file by starting with the example file and just uncommenting/choosing what seemed ...
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Warnings about partition tables on /dev/md? during preseed installation. (Debian Lenny)

I'm setting up an environment to install many Lenny machines at once and I need to avoid any dialog with the process, corner cases aside. One thing that consistently troubles me is that after my ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Installation with Preseeded RAID 1 Partitioning

I have been having a painful time trying to automate an Ubuntu 14.04 Server Installation with RAID 1 partitioning. I'm testing this on top of VirtualBox with two Virtual Disk Images (dynamically ...
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Debian d-i preseed partman tmpfs

I am trying to create automatic provisioning of my servers using pxeboot and netinstall. Everything works ok (RAID, LVM, ...), but I would need to create tmpfs for some directories. I would like to ...
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How to achieve ubuntu automatic installation with help of USBDRIVE?

I wants to place Ubuntu 13.04 Server edition ISO Image to USB pendrive and then automatic installation by help of this usbdrive. I perform following steps: (1) Format the pendrive, Assuming my ...
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Why won't my Ubuntu 12.04 Preseed file work with LVM

Here is my preseed file: d-i partman-auto/disk string /dev/sda d-i partman-auto/method string lvm d-i partman-lvm/device_remove_lvm boolean true d-i partman-lvm/device_remove_lvm_span boolean true ...
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Why does this preseed for gitolite fail?

I'm installing gitolite on a Debian Squeeze box with the following preseed: gitolite gitolite/gituser string git gitolite gitolite/adminkey string ssh-rsa AAAAB3ECT ...
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How To Include Additional Software In preseed.cfg For Ubuntu Server 13.10

I am doing fully automated installation of Ubuntu Server (Saucy) 13.10 and also wants to include custom additional softwares,The Format of preseed.cfg is: d-i debian-installer/locale string en_US ...
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Ubuntu preseed static IP configuration (virt-install)

I want to create Ubuntu 14.04 VM with virt-install and preseed configuration. I have provided: d-i netcfg/enable boolean true d-i netcfg/choose_interface select auto d-i netcfg/disable_dhcp boolean ...
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Preseeding debian install - EFI

The EFI partition is formatted in ext4 during the setup of debian. I am trying to preseed the install of debian jessie and I can't get it working since the UEFI partition is formatted in ext4 (got ...