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Re: Building headless network install the proper way



|| On Thu, 05 Aug 2004 21:46:03 +0100
|| Sam Liddicott <sam@liddicott.com> wrote: 

sl> I had heard about an SSH service but couldn't find any details on how
sl> it worked.
sl> This would be ideal. Is it able to bring up the network connection
sl> without interaction?

Yes. Do you not tried d-i yet?

Well, let me try do a minimal overview. Current debian-installer run a
initial base install system which the base work like, in netinst,
detect the network card and configure it.

Since you can use a DHCP server, this can be automated easily.

After it, it load from network the modules (udebs) and run the base
installation system. 

One thing you can do is change the initial step to have the
network-console module and then provide ways to pass the password like
parameter and then all is done ;-)

sl> Although the computer is many miles away itis on a trusted network and
sl> booting from a network boot server, I think it should be possible to
sl> specify the md5 of the password as a kernel boot string from the
sl> config file served by the tftpserver.

sl> Then I could connect directly. If the installation runs under "screen"
sl> or "twin" it will be proof against dropped connections.

sl> Do you have any notes on the ssh installation I should be reading so I
sl> can try it? It would help me a lot.

You can try the last netinst image and load on expert mode. So you can
load the network-console later and use it remotely.

sl> I also thankyou for taking the time to discuss this with me

No problem. I work with  things like that ;-)

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