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14th August 2008, 11:18 AM #1
Using Netboot with FOG
A big part of getting netboot installs working is that you need a working DHCP, PXE, TFTP server setup, etc. So given that fog provides this infrastructure out of the box, I thought it might a good idea to see if I could get it working via FOG
Below is an example I knocked together that shows how I got this working on Fog 0.19
Download relevant netboot file for your desired version of Ubuntu. ie 8.04 LTS is at the following link:-
Index of /ubuntu/dists/hardy/main/installer-i386/current/images/netboot
then download netboot.tar.gz
Then tar -xvzf netboot.tar.gz in an unrelated folder to fog ie your home folder etc.
Then sudo cp -R ubuntu-installer /tftpboot/fog/
In order to give files same permissions as file in that folder
sudo chown -R fog:root /tftpboot/fog/ubuntu-installer
sudo chmod -R 777 /tftpboot/fog/ubuntu-installer
then edit file /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default
and insert a related label for your installation, I am showing the default 804 install option below
append vga=normal initrd=fog/ubuntu-installer/i386/initrd.gz --
On PXE booting into Fog issue command fog.ubuntu804
I can now install Ubuntu to a PC/Server without a CD rom drive
Any feedback comments, then please let me know.
2 Thanks to monkeyx:
matt40k (14th August 2008), sparkeh (10th September 2008)
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14th August 2008, 11:50 AM #2
Well done, just a shame it's Ubuntu
10th September 2008, 08:07 AM #3
whats "wrong" with ubuntu? being a modest linux user im noticing a distaste for ubuntu compared to ...debian, slackware, gentoo? Totally off topic so i apologise.
10th September 2008, 10:34 AM #4
Rant mode: ON
Same thing that's wrong with GUI's, they stop users from actually using there brains. They don't know whats going on, they just use the wizard.
GUI kills scripters.
GUI = more load on the system
GUI = Home\END users
U don't really see ubuntu in console mode, plus it does take a lot of flack for being the "new boy in town"
I prefer Openbsd. you know where you are, in stable, secure enviro, I hate having to lock down a system, it's like, why do you have to do it? It should be secure by default
Rant mode: OFF
Last edited by matt40k; 10th September 2008 at 10:37 AM.
10th September 2008, 10:58 AM #5
Ubuntu has a server edition, which does not install a GUI by default. I have several systems running it.
10th September 2008, 12:33 PM #6
And yet I still don't like it! LOOOL
I don't know why, it's just when people say server I don't think Ubuntu. I know it has a good user base. But I still have it labelled as a rip of Windows and not a good operating system like CentOS, Open\Free\NetBSD, Gentoo, Debian, and oh... what's it call.. Novells one.
10th September 2008, 12:57 PM #7
Novell's is called SUSE.
Also remember that Ubuntu is based on Debian even to the point where some Debian developers work in the same areas for Ubuntu (eg package management). So I can't really see how you can include Debian on your list and still think it's a Windows rip. It's all the same software, the only difference is in the configuration and default package selection.
10th September 2008, 01:09 PM #8
OpenBSD came from NetBSD, I don't think they would be happy if you said they was the same tho.
I think it must be because some n00by chav wannabe geek had Ubuntu on his system. Debian was first shown to me in little better light.
10th September 2008, 04:25 PM #9
10th September 2008, 04:54 PM #10
My god! I say I don't like it and I get a essay!
I never have had to use Ubuntu because:
1. Everything uses Windows
2. Everything that isn't Windows is Linux
Linux = Centos for most stuff
Linux = Openbsd for Firewalls, Wireless accesspoints etc
Linux = Redhat\SUSE for (education) end users whatever
Ubuntu as far as I am aware doesn't have a qualification, it's never going to be as secure as OpenBSD nor as light.
I general find is becuase I can get quick, good help for CentOS, Openbsd...
Forgot to say, use whatever you know best, find easy to use, best for the application etc.
MAJORLY OFF TOPIC lol
10th September 2008, 05:05 PM #11
Snobbery. Thats all.
Originally Posted by amfony
*Shakes off a dying scripter pathetically clutching at his trouser leg for help* I've used various linux distros over the last 10 years and I am very happy with Ubuntu at the moment.
Anyway back on topic, thanks Monkeyx for showing us that, very useful
11th September 2008, 02:23 AM #12
I gathered as much, but i couldnt find the technical reason for this? By the way when i use linux it is almost exclusivley ubuntu, and im no ashamed of that fact haha
Also when i was referring to "ubuntu" i was meaning the server gui-less edition. It looks lovely with the Gui though.
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