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We are planning to wipe our RHEL 5 HP ProLiant DL360p Gen8 server and put CentOS 6.4 on it. However, there are two major issues that may make the install different than normal:

  • The server is in another state, I am going to have to use iLO virtual media as the installation DVD
  • The server is totally blocked from the internet, I have VPN access into their network but that is the only way it can access the internet, is via any files I upload to it.

What concerns can I expect that would deviate from a normal wipe-and-install? For example, how can I use yum for updates and such when the server can't get on the internet?

  • Also, if this is the wrong Stack Exchange site, please tell me. Thanks! – durron597 Jul 19 '13 at 17:07
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    Possibly duplicate of Update RHEL Servers without Internet Connection? – colealtdelete Jul 19 '13 at 17:10
  • @Cole While that is helpful, the target OS is CentOS, not RHEL – durron597 Jul 19 '13 at 17:19
  • For the purposes of this question, there is no difference between RHEL and CentOS. – John Jul 19 '13 at 17:23
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    @durron597: Then translate that to "download isos from ANL" or wherever. It's such a trivial difference that a systems admin should be able to translate on the fly in their head. – Scott Pack Jul 19 '13 at 17:56
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There's probably a few different ways you can do this, it really all depends on how you want to go about it.

  1. You could create a local repo & mirror for the CentOS 6.4 box.

  2. Or you could also use Kickstart to create a custom image to do all the work for you. Kickstart would most likely be the most efficient way to do this, in my opinion. Especially if you already know what you want/need on the server.

  • I'm reading the Kickstart documentation... how would I get all the HP custom drivers to work properly? By drivers, I mean these – durron597 Jul 19 '13 at 17:32
  • @durron597 you can copy the rpms that are in the tar.gz file such as ~kickstart_build/all_rpms – colealtdelete Jul 19 '13 at 17:58

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