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Re: Is there a way to install DragonFly via network (w/o CD) ?

To: Matthew Dillon <dillon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Scott Ullrich <geekgod@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 20:52:22 -0400

Excellent. I've already drafted some other options to deal with starting a DHCPD server, etc. It's located at http://www.bsdinstaller.org/pfi_dhcpd_plan.txt . These items would be able to reside on a CF card, floppy, CD, etc and could automatically start the DHCPD server, etc from PFI.

In addition to your installer menu items, we can go ahead and prompt for the relevant information instead of using default parameters? IE: You could invoke one option that would ask a series of question like "Do you wish to obtain an IP address from the network", etc. "Do you wish to start a DHCP Server on this network?", etc.


Matthew Dillon wrote:

:The issues with network configuration and such for DHCPD could easily be :handled by pfi (pre-flight installer). Docs for this area available at: : :http://www.bsdinstaller.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb.cgi/installer/root_skels/installer/etc/defaults/pfi.conf?rev=1.3&content-type=text/x-cvsweb-markup
:At any rate, if nobody else is working on this, this would be an ideal :addition to the installer and should be very easy to accomplish. If :nobody else minds, I can tackle this pretty quickly with PFI.

    Sure, go for it!  But lets define what we want first.  Presumably we
    want to add some options to the installer's base menu and/or add logins
    for this stuff, in addition to being able to automate it with a CD or
    CD+USB diskkey combo.  Right?

Hmm. Is it possible to have one DHCP server distribute just IP addresses
(e.g. like your home cablemodem/dsl router), and another DHCP server
distribute only DHCP/BOOTP boot-related requests? Maybe I should experiment a bit.

so, e.g. pfi variables would be something like

	# Enable tftp and NFS services with pxeboot and a kernel available via
	# tftp and the CD's root mount available via NFS.

	# Enable DHCP related pxeboot services:  root-path and filename specs

	# Enable DHCP related dynamic IP address services.  This server will
	# assign IP addresses to requesting clients in the
	# range.

[I'm not sure if pxe and ip services can be separately enabled since
they are both served from the same dhcp server, but it might be possible]

And the new installer menu options would be something like this:

	* Start TFTPD, NFSD, and PXE BOOT services without IP serving.  This
	  machine will obtain its IP address automatically via DHCP.

	* Start TFTPD, NFSD, and PXE BOOT services with IP serving.  This
	  machine will be assigned the IP address


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