Network boot is pretty simple

Network boot is pretty simple

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Making a computer do a network boot is pretty simple (depending on the BIOS) but it usually goes like this :

Starting computer –> BOIS (preconfigured to start on network) –> NIC PXE stack + DHCP –> fog server –> loads image into memory –> complete boot process.

These steps is made with the assumption that we have a working linux machine already installed in a virtual environment and also requires a extra computer/VM to test if the PXE booting is working.

if there is anything that is not understood completely this guide also have lots of information :   Fog wiki

First we need to have a specific IP address to make sure that we can get the server to talk with the client computers.  Depending on the distro used the IP settings can be found in

/etc/network/interfaces

and DNS settings in : (you dont need them in this case)

/etc/resolv.conf

Once you have a static IP, its time to fire up the fog installer.

you will be pressented with the following screen :

Since I did my install on Linux mint 13 I choose “ubuntu” since its based on that distro. –>

Fog comes with a web based config so it will also install a XAMPP with php + sql.

Then the DHCP server needs to be setup. In this case I made the config with virtualbox. The Mint have 2 NIC’s 1 for outside internet (not needed) and 1 for the internal network

Finally, this was the end of this part of the tutorial, will continue to play with this some more to see if I can find a good solution to my memory problem.

Martin Jørgensen

Martin Jørgensen

Got my degree from EAL in 2012 as an IT-Technologist with specialty in network. I enjoy living in a century where I can earn a living doing my hobby. Material I publish here are often part of my small projects.
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