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Network Install HOWTO SuSE Client Install

Automatic Installation

If you followed the section above about creating AutoYaST config files then this is the way in which you should boot your client machines.

  1. Copy your config file that you have already created as above from your repository directory on your hard disk to your floppy disk as a file called autoinst.xml. You can do this as follows:
    Insert and mount a floppy disk
    cp /var/lib/autoinstall/repository/Your-File /dev/fd0/autoinst.xml
    Unmount the floppy disk
  2. Put your floppy disk with the config file in your client machine
  3. Turn on your machine, ensure the CD drive is in the boot list of your BIOS, insert the CD. You should be faced with the normal boot menu of the SuSE installation program. As an alternative to booting from CD, you can boot from floppy images, from the network, or using whichever method you would normally use to boot the installation program.
  4. At the boot menu leave the default line as Linux to do the standard boot, but add the following parameters in order to read your configuration file from the floppy disk:
    linux autoyast=floppy
  5. Your client should now boot the installation program and it will try to load appropriate modules and install the system with the information that you have provided in the config file.
  6. If you are prompted to input any information for any reason then do so e.g. if the installer cannot connect to your network.
  7. Once the installation is running then you can remove the CD and the floppy disk and grab a cup of something while you wait for your shiny new installation to finish, no changing of installation media needed.

Further Boot Options

This is an extension to the technique used to boot client machines for Automatic Installations as described above. You should try this method if you have tried and failed with the method above. This section should help you if you have had network connection problems during boot, for example, if you do not have a DHCP server on your network.

You can create what we call an "info" file to hold information about your clients network details. This can then be used more explicitly by the install process to contact your network. This is a plain text file in which you put certain keyword and value combinations that are recognised by the installer.

The list of keywords you can use is as follows:

Using the above keywords in an example info file, you might end up with something looking a little bit like this:

install: nfs://
netdevice: eth0
serverdir: /install/SuSE8.0
autoyast: floppy

Substitute the IP addresses above for relevant ones for your particular network and save this file with filename info in the root directory of your floppy disk that contains your configuration file autoinst.xml