On Mon, Jan 31, 2000 at 04:52:09PM +0000, Cormac McClean wrote:
> "The sequence to install Linux from the network is:
>> Add an entry for the new machine to the ARP/RARP cache.
> Set up a TFTP server where the bootimage can be transferred
> Set up a fileserver where you can install the software from
> (NFS, FTP etc).
>> Most distributions allow the client to boot via either an NFS mounted
> root, or a network-loaded ramdisk. Also make sure that server and client
> are allowed access to the services that
> are needed when your system is using tcp-wrappers."
>> What is ARP/RARP? TFTP?
(Reverse) Address Reesolution Protocol
basically you want to make sure that the PC knows the ethernet address of the SPARC.
I think you can just add the ethernet addresss to /etc/ethers, but arp(8) will give you the details of doing it manually.
#tftp dgram udp wait root /usr/sbin/tcpd in.tftpd
in /etc/inetd.conf and restart inetd.
tftpd(8) has all the details. using default settings I think you put the bootimage in /tftpboot and the client gets it from there.
I think the following is the process, could be wrong its a while since ive installed a SPARC over a network :)
When you boot the sparc with 'boot net' it broadcasts its ethernet address to get its IP address. (this is the ARP bit)
When it has this it sends out a request for its boot image, the install server should have an entry in /etc/bootparams (perhaps this is just for a solaris install server...) this tells the client where to get the kernel image. (tftp for the bootimage)
by this stage you should be into the install procedure of the distribution, and can specify how to get the distro (FTP/NFS).
> I can either install from the internet, or via NFS to the CDROM in my PC
You should be able to just mount the CDROM and export it as a NFS partition or ftp directory.
> Any advice would be appreciated.
cant remember all the details of exactly how to do it, but hope this helps a bit.
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