Kickstart Server for Red Hat Enteprise

Posted: September 17, 2014 in Linux Related, RedHat/CentOS
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Here is to show you how to setup a kickstart server. In my previous post we already have a local YUM server hosted via HTTP, that would be one essential part on this tutorial as we are going to point the installation of media.

[root@nightops ~]# yum install syslinux xinetd tftp-server -y #install necessary package
Loaded plugins: product-id, security, subscription-manager
This system is not registered to Red Hat Subscription Management. You can use subscription-manager to register.
epel/metalink | 15 kB 00:00
epel | 4.4 kB 00:00
epel/primary_db | 6.3 MB 00:06
rhel6_u5x64-ha | 3.9 kB 00:00 …
rhel6_u5x64-lb | 3.9 kB 00:00 …
rhel6_u5x64-server | 3.9 kB 00:00 …
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package syslinux.x86_64 0:4.02-8.el6 will be installed
–> Processing Dependency: mtools for package: syslinux-4.02-8.el6.x86_64
—> Package tftp-server.x86_64 0:0.49-7.el6 will be installed
—> Package xinetd.x86_64 2:2.3.14-39.el6_4 will be installed
–> Running transaction check
—> Package mtools.x86_64 0:4.0.12-1.el6 will be installed
–> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

=======================================================================================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
=======================================================================================================================================
Installing:
syslinux x86_64 4.02-8.el6 rhel6_u5x64-server 859 k
tftp-server x86_64 0.49-7.el6 rhel6_u5x64-server 39 k
xinetd x86_64 2:2.3.14-39.el6_4 rhel6_u5x64-server 122 k
Installing for dependencies:
mtools x86_64 4.0.12-1.el6 rhel6_u5x64-server 194 k

Transaction Summary
=======================================================================================================================================
Install 4 Package(s)

Total download size: 1.2 M
Installed size: 2.6 M
Downloading Packages:
—————————————————————————————————————————————
Total 8.7 MB/s | 1.2 MB 00:00
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Installing : mtools-4.0.12-1.el6.x86_64 1/4
Installing : 2:xinetd-2.3.14-39.el6_4.x86_64 2/4
Installing : tftp-server-0.49-7.el6.x86_64 3/4
Installing : syslinux-4.02-8.el6.x86_64 4/4
Verifying : syslinux-4.02-8.el6.x86_64 1/4
Verifying : tftp-server-0.49-7.el6.x86_64 2/4
Verifying : 2:xinetd-2.3.14-39.el6_4.x86_64 3/4
Verifying : mtools-4.0.12-1.el6.x86_64 4/4

Installed:
syslinux.x86_64 0:4.02-8.el6 tftp-server.x86_64 0:0.49-7.el6 xinetd.x86_64 2:2.3.14-39.el6_4

Dependency Installed:
mtools.x86_64 0:4.0.12-1.el6

Complete!

[root@nightops ~]# mkdir /var/lib/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg
[root@nightops ~]# cp /usr/share/syslinux/pxelinux.0 /var/lib/tftpboot/
[root@nightops ~]# cp /usr/share/syslinux/menu.c32 /var/lib/tftpboot/
[root@nightops ~]# cp /usr/share/syslinux/memdisk /var/lib/tftpboot/
[root@nightops ~]# cp /usr/share/syslinux/mboot.c32 /var/lib/tftpboot/
[root@nightops ~]# cp /usr/share/syslinux/chain.c32 /var/lib/tftpboot/
[root@nightops ~]# mkdir -p /var/lib/tftpboot/images/RHEL/x86_64/5.7/
[root@nightops ~]# mkdir -p /var/lib/tftpboot/images/RHEL/x86_64/6.5/
[root@nightops ~]# cp /images/linux_CD/rhel6_u5x64/images/pxeboot/vmlinuz /var/lib/tftpboot/images/RHEL/x86_64/6.5/
[root@nightops ~]# cp /images/linux_CD/rhel6_u5x64/images/pxeboot/initrd.img /var/lib/tftpboot/images/RHEL/x86_64/6.5/
[root@nightops ~]# cp /images/linux_CD/rhel5_u7x64/images/pxeboot/initrd.img /var/lib/tftpboot/images/RHEL/x86_64/5.7/
[root@nightops ~]# cp /images/linux_CD/rhel5_u7x64/images/pxeboot/vmlinuz /var/lib/tftpboot/images/RHEL/x86_64/5.7/

[root@nightops ~]# vim /etc/xinetd.d/tftp

pxe_xinetd

[root@nightops ~]# /etc/init.d/xinetd start
Starting xinetd: [ OK ]
[root@nightops ~]# chkconfig xinetd on

[root@nightops ~]# yum install dhcp
Loaded plugins: product-id, security, subscription-manager
This system is not registered to Red Hat Subscription Management. You can use subscription-manager to register.
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
–> Running transaction check
—> Package dhcp.x86_64 12:4.1.1-38.P1.el6 will be installed
–> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

=======================================================================================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
=======================================================================================================================================
Installing:
dhcp x86_64 12:4.1.1-38.P1.el6 rhel6_u5x64-server 817 k

Transaction Summary
=======================================================================================================================================
Install 1 Package(s)

Total download size: 817 k
Installed size: 1.9 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Installing : 12:dhcp-4.1.1-38.P1.el6.x86_64 1/1
Verifying : 12:dhcp-4.1.1-38.P1.el6.x86_64 1/1

Installed:
dhcp.x86_64 12:4.1.1-38.P1.el6

Complete!

[root@nightops ~]# vim /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.conf

pxe_dhcp

[root@nightops ~]# /etc/init.d/dhcpd restart
Starting dhcpd: [ OK ]

[root@nightops ~]# chkconfig dhcpd on

[root@nightops ~]# vim /var/lib/tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg/default

menu title ################ NIGHTOPS PXE BOOT MENU ###############
label 1
menu label ^1) Install RHEL 6.5
kernel RHEL/x86_64/6.5/vmlinuz
append initrd=RHEL/x86_64/6.5/initrd.img method=http://nightops/linux_CD/rhel6_u5x64 devfs=nomount

label 2
menu label ^2) Install RHEL 5.7
kernel RHEL/x86_64/5.7/vmlinuz
append initrd=RHEL/x86_64/5.7/initrd.img method=http://nightops/linux_CD/rhel5_u7x64 devfs=nomount

label 3
menu label ^3) Boot from local drive
localboot

Now attempt to boot up a system using network as its boot option

pxe_kickstart

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