KS file, floppy boot, and NIC not on boot floppy.

John Brookes johnb at quadrics.com
Thu Nov 21 07:41:51 PST 2002

For nodes that support PXE it's a good way to go - particularly as you've
already done a lot of the work in creating a ks file. Re-installs and the
tailoring of kernels/distro specifics/machine configurations to the tasks in
hand are usually fast and easy once you've got the appropriate ks files.
IMHO, the biggest single problem with PXE is that configurations that don't
support it are going to be around for a time yet :(


John Brookes
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Henderson, TL Todd [mailto:Todd_Henderson at isl-3com.com]
> Sent: 21 November 2002 13:18
> To: 'beowulf at beowulf.org'
> Subject: KS file, floppy boot, and NIC not on boot floppy.
> I have a boot floppy that contains a kickstart file that sets 
> up a node just
> the way I want it.  Now I'm trying to use the floppy on 
> another computer.
> The new computer has an Intel PRO/1000 gigE network card 
> built in, but the
> boot floppy that was created from the bootnet.img doesn't 
> recognize it.  So
> for now, to get around this, I created another floppy from 
> the drvnet.img
> file.  However, I'm stuck with playing 2 floppy monty, plus having to
> manually answer some questions. :(
> I suspect I have 4 options:
> a.)  Deal with it.
> b.)  Move the e1000 module to the floppy.  However, I don't 
> seem to have the
> room on the floppy to do this.
> c.)  Build a new kernel that fits on the floppy, has all the special
> features needed to boot from the floppy and includes the e1000 driver.
> d.)  Break down and learn how to do it with PXE.
> Is there anything I've missed or other suggestions anyone would have.
> thanks,
> Todd
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