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Automated network install with LinuxCOE

February 13th, 2006

Network install over LAN is an essential option for system administrators. Utilizing tools such as Kickstart or AutoYaST, they can create a single file containing the answers to all the questions that would normally be asked during a typical Linux installation, and use it to install the operating system and software on multiple machines. Based on this technology, LinuxCOE makes it possible to create an ISO image which can start an automated installation over the network.

Most Linux distributions support automated and remote installations. Instead of downloading and burning all needed ISO images, you can often boot a small installation CD and install your favorite distro right off another server, weather from local network or a remote file system. When installing from the internet this can be time consuming, or not even an option at all if you don´t have broadband connection.

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