On 7/12/05, Stephen Reilly <leydar at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Does anyone know if there is a way to do a remote install with SuSE?
> You can use an NFS server for this. Or alternatively configure
> AutoYAST to create an automatic install. There's also ALICE for this.
I've a feeling that ALICE is deprecated in favour of autoyast, based
on YAST2. I did a bunch of automatic installs of SuSE machines about
a year ago. For a pity, I didn't record the details, but the basic
procedure I followed was to configure one machine doing a manual
install. Then from yast2 you can export the settings (including stuff
like packages, hardware, authentication servers, package sources,
etc.,) into a config file. This file should be placed somewhere
network-accessible, e.g. on an NFS share or even on a HTTP server.
Handy also to put a package mirror on the network. Then when you
install individual machines later, once you get a boot-prompt you can
type in the address of the server holding the config-info at the first
prompt and installation will proceed from there.
If you have many machines to install, then it would pay to construct a
specific boot floppy/CD (or even do network boot?). I only had a few,
so I just used the original SuSE CD1 and command line options.
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