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pink_pony
(Action) trots back to the barn for the night
Brian_L
can someone help me out with a vmware server issue on centos?
NthDegree
Brian_L does it say you have a missing file or library
Brian_L
no i cannot mount .iso images
NthDegree
oh
that is off topic unfortunately then
Brian_L
maybe a kernel option?
k
what about if mount -o loop doesent work either :)
im thinking its related
NthDegree
Brian_L VMWare has a builtin method of mounting ISOs in VMs
Brian_L
ok
NthDegree
you don't mount inside linux
         

Brian_L
thanks for the info
NthDegree
you mount in the VMWare program
using the hardware options, where you edit the CD-ROM drives
Brian_L
yep
NthDegree
that should work, if it doesn't it is more than likely a VMWare problem not a CentOS problem
Brian_L
I can mount under other distro's with the same software so its odd
but definatly a vmware issue
NthDegree
in the VMWare Server forum they should help you
Sacro
good evening all, im having trouble installing CentOS, i have a machine with no cd drive, and my usb key doesnt seem to be booting either. can i do a network install from either another Linux machine(non centos) or a CentOS live cd?
so_
Sacro, yes via http, ftp, nfs are all supported in the installer
Sacro
so_: i need a way to launch the installer
i cant boot off a cd, i tried the usb key method, that failed, the only think i can think of next is PXE
so_
ah...well then... you can PXE boot, and you'll need to set that up, it's a bit of work...I don't know if anyone has a setup handy. I think you can install from harddrive too, but I'm not sure how to set that up
Sacro
i have my laptop that im on currently that has the iso mounted under apache, so i can do a http install, but i cant get INTO the installer :(
hmm, its got Windoze XP, but i doubt that helps
so_
Sacro, what's the size of the USB key?
Sacro
errm...bout 2 inches by half an inch
so_
yeah, really big :)
Sacro
256MB
range
*snicker*
Sacro
*twix*
orc_orc
(Action) considers Sacro, and tho tip of the orc's toes
so_
I have had a problems with various usb keys, I had to try 3 different ones to boot my install
Sacro
i hate it when orcs consider me
so_: i only have the one...ooh, actually...my mum is out
none system disk or disk error :(
i have the centos live cd, is it possible to boot up that, and install via that?
         

so_
not to the best of my knowledge
orc_orc
Sacro: yes -- boot with it, fdisk the destination drive, andinstall a bootloader grub, per: http://www.owlriver.com/tips/centos-upgradeany/
so_
you might be able to use that to format your harddrive and install grub though ^^
orc_orc
heh
good advise, so_
Sacro
so_: the pc i want to install CentOS one, HAS a cd drive but i cant get it to connect
so_
I seem to recall being able to boot linux directly from windows...unfortunately that was a long time ago and I have forgotten how
orc_orc
so_: google linux chainload
Sacro
orc_orc: i can see this being interesting...
thats only using grub
orc_orc
Sacro: the author at that site has done many wonderful things
so_
hmmm it wasn't chainloading, it was something like isolinux that you could run in windows to get it started
Sacro
chainloader +1
orc_orc
s0NT and later had a bootload manager which will do chainloads
Dyson_
so_: i only remember loadlin and it ran from DOS only
so_
ah yeah, loadlin ... no wonder I haven't seen it lately :)
Sacro
hmm, tftpboot
so_
basically the same as pxebooting :)
Sacro
so_: yeah, im currently under Arch Linux on my laptop
im wondering if i can use that to pass the server the needed stuff
so_
Sacro, sure this tells the whole tale: http://syslinux.zytor.com/pxe.php
Sacro
so_: looks promising
iGZo
Isn't pxeboot/tftpboot really only for network-based booting?
Sacro
iGZo: yes...thats what i need
iGZo
i c
sorry i came into conversation late :) yupe then, etherboot/pxeboot + tftpboot + dhcp (not needed)
Sacro
:O its thinking
iGZo
the ROM-o-Matic is your friend here (unless your nic has one on board)
Sacro
iGZo: its got it onboard
its looking for things
iGZo
your nic is trying to netboot?
Sacro
i think so
but its not finding my laptop iwth the kernel on
no netboot filename received
iGZo
your client nic needs to know where to look, your server nic needs to sport tftpboot and dhcp (optionally, but sometimes required if client can't define IP, etc)
Mac's, and Sun's can define IP info prior to boot, but most x86 roms are kinda minimal
so to make up for that, ROM-o-Matic can be used.
if you need to resort to a dhcp server for client (so you dont need the rom-o-matic), youll need to define many things, MAC, kernel, IP, et al
i should clarify, dhcp server, on server, not client machine
Sacro
err, my router handles dhcp
iGZo
well, can your router handling network booting clients? most consumer ones seem to lack that
Sacro
shoudlnt it forward it to my laptop?
or should i set up dhcp on my laptop and do it just to that?
iGZo
it's not just gonna give it an IP address, and NS info, it needs to privide and define more info.
which ever is your "server", configure: dhcpd, tftpd, and firewall (if applicable). On client, just enable network booting.
Sacro
yeah, gonna go in direct
brb
iGZo
sigh
Sacro
cant start a dhcp server
iGZo
you will only want one dhcp server on your network (at least for this excercise)
have you installed/enabled the dhcpd daemon?
Sacro
yeah
i run /etc/rc.d/dhcpd start and it failes
iGZo
dhcpd is not running? refer to logs
Sacro
ah, thats a good idea!
iGZo
it should complain as to why :)
Sacro
its complaining an awful lot
iGZo
this process of network booting is not easy, and dhcpd (to configure network booting) is involved.
let me guess, is he/she rebooting each time? ugh. just restart the daemon(s) ppl! hehe
sky123
hello. As a test I removed a mirrored raid device and saw with cat /proc/mdstat that it was removed. How do I get the drive to rejoin the raid setup? I looke for raidhotadd but couldnt find it. Any ideas?
lettuce
mdadm --manage /dev/md0 --add /dev/hda1
sky123
ahh okay..
lettuce
you're welcome
sky123
basically adding each of the missing /dev/sda whatevers back in...
is it a replacement for raidhotadd...is that defunct now??
LuvRedheads
bzzzzz the correct answer is man mdadm
lettuce
i dont' know what you're talking about
could we add 'no spoon feeding' to the topic to remind me?
sky123
no problem...looked it up on google raidhotadd looks to be deprecated...
Sacro_
think im gonna have to get a USB cdrom
NthDegree
why Sacro_
(Action) is inquisitive
Sacro_
NthDegree: how to install CentOS on a PC, that has no cd drive, wont install off a USB key, and doesnt seem happy with PXE
sky123
lettuce: thanks for the help...worked out just fine ;)
NthDegree
Sacro_ remove the hard disk then make a bootable partition containing the install bits
you'll need a 2nd PC but that would work
(Action) thinks if you have the skill to do that you could just grab a CD-ROM drive and fit it temporarily
Sacro_
i havent got a hexagonal screwdriver
and i dont think my boss would be impressed if i kicked it to bits
NthDegree
then ask for one :p
Sacro_
there comes a point in life, where you just stop caring
sky123
or find a skinny flathead and pray...
NthDegree
do a good job and you might get a promotion maybe :p
Sacro_
nah, im the only it guy there, i only have the boss above me, and nobody really below me
Sponge_bob
where is this? private industry?
Sacro
yep
Student Housing company
Sponge_bob
what company?
o
Sacro
why you ask?
Sponge_bob
just curious
Sacro
hmm, well i dont know what to do anymore
Sponge_bob
good pay
?
Sacro
its better than nothing
NthDegree
Sacro get a screwdriver, open up and put in a CD-ROM drive temporarily
Sacro
NthDegree, i havent got a hexagonal screwdriver
NthDegree
doesn't anyone have one?
lettuce
no, they don't exist
and neither does a solution to your problem
Sacro
lettuce: dhcp server on my laptop and PXE install
but ive been booted out the room with all my PC an stuff in
lettuce
it's called making this harder than it really is
oh woe is me
Sacro
so i have a base unit with no monitor etc
lettuce
my job is so hard
Sacro
lettuce: what do you suggest?
lettuce
the same things everyone else already has
Sacro
thats useful advice...
lettuce
if you work some place that can't afford the tools to do your job, then get the fu*k out while you can
Sacro
and what if you havent the choice?
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