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Re: Debian installation trouble on server



On Sat, 13 Dec 2003 22:27:27 +0100, 
ads@fredz.org wrote in message 
<6.0.1.1.2.20031213222548.021c8fc8@mail.spamcop.net>:

> 
> > > I'm trying to install Debian (latest) on a 1U rack-server.
> > > Specs: P4, Raid (hot spare), no floppy, no cdrom, no PS/2 ports, 2
> > > USB ports.
> > >
> > > My problem is the following:
> > > I cannot connect a cdrom drive, so I thought about installing
> > > Debian using floppies via a usb floppy drive. However, the 1st
> > > floppy gets read ok, but the next one (root) doesn't get read.
> > > Seems like there's no support for that kind of floppy drive (a
> > > Teac one). Someone told me to get daily floppy images from
> > > http://people.debian.org/~sjogren/d-i/images/daily/ but that
> > > server does not work.
> > >
> > > Server also supports Bootp, but I only have Windows workstations
> > > in the LAN, and didn't find any useful tool to get it running.
> > >
> > > Moreover, adding to the problem, is the Raid driver (Fastrak133mb
> > > "lite" PDC 20276 IDE RAID) which might not be in the linux
> > > floppies...
> > >
> > > Does anyone have a solution for this kind of problem?
> >
> >..it boots ok from the usb floppy?  First move is get a
> >pxe-booting floppy which support one of your box' nics:
> >http://rom-o-matic.net/5.2.2/
> >http://etherboot.sourceforge.net/
> >http://syslinux.zytor.com/pxe.php
> >http://netboot.sourceforge.net/english/
> >
> >..next move is set up a boot server, the _easiest_ way is put a
> >knoppix on one of your Wintendos, and then start "Knoppix Terminal
> >Server" from the GUI.  ;-)
> >
> >..now, for great fun, try clusterKnoppix "Knoppix OpenMosix Terminal
> >Server" and feed _all_ ;-) your Wintendo's that boot diskette.  ;-)
> 
> Very good idea. The floppy now works. But my question now is: how do I
> get the Debian installation to start from the Knoppix client? Thanks! 

..2 basic ways: install Knoppix, edit /etc/apt/sources.list, then 
' apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade ', or, if you have 2 cd's 
or disk space, either use the 'tohd=/dev/your-disk", then eject the
knoppix cd and put in a debian install cd (with the same kernel!!!),
then start the terminal server.  I prefer to loop-mount the iso's, 
Knoppix Terminal Server is happy as long as you just point the 
install iso mountpoint to /cdrom, and use the same kernel.  ;-)

-- 
..med vennlig hilsen = with Kind Regards from Arnt... ;-)
...with a number of polar bear hunters in his ancestry...
  Scenarios always come in sets of three: 
  best case, worst case, and just in case.



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