Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Remote Access to Linux Install

remote access to an installation system

Boot time command args:

expert Turns on special features:
- allows partitioning of removable media
- prompts for driver disk

noshell Do not put a shell on tty2 during install.

lowres Force GUI installer to run at 640x480.

resolution= Run installer in mode specified, '1024x768' for example.

nousb Do not load USB support (helps if install hangs
early sometimes).

nofb Do not load the VGA16 framebuffer required for doing
text-mode installation in some languages

nofirewire Do not load support for firewire devices

askmethod Do not automatically use the CD-ROM as the install
source if we detect a Red Hat Linux CD in your CD-ROM drive.

nousbstorage Do not load usbstorage module in loader. May help with
device ordering on SCSI systems.

noparport Do not attempt to load support for parallel ports

noprobe Do not attempt to detect hw, prompts user instead.

nopcmcia Ignore PCMCIA controller in system.

skipddc Skips DDC probe of monitor, may help if its handing system.

graphical Force graphical install. Required to have ftp/http use GUI.

text Force text mode install.

vnc Enable vnc-based installation. You will need to connect
to the machine using a vnc client application.

vncpassword= Enable a password for the vnc connection. This will
prevent someone from inadvertantly connecting to the
vnc-based installation.

Requires 'vnc' option to be specified as well.

vncconnect=[:] Once installation is up and running, connect to
the vnc client named , and optionally use port .

Requires 'vnc' option to be specified as well.

updates Prompt for floppy containing updates (bug fixes).

isa Prompt user for ISA devices configuration.

dd Use a driver disk.

driverdisk Same as 'dd'.

mediacheck Activates loader code to give user option of testing integrity
of install source (if an ISO-based method).

rescue Run rescue environment.

nomount Don't automatically mount any installed Linux partitions
in rescue mode.

nopass Don't pass keyboard/mouse info to stage 2 installer, good for
testing keyboard and mouse config screens in stage2 installer
during network installs.

serial Turns on serial console support.

ksdevice Takes an argument like 'eth0', tells install what network
device to use for kickstart from network.

ks Kickstart over NFS.

ks=cdrom: Kickstart from CDROM

ks=nfs: Kickstart from NFS.

ks= Kickstart via HTTP.

ks=hd: Kickstart via harddrive (dev = 'hda1', for example)

ks=file: Kickstart from a file (path = 'fd0/ks.cfg')

ks=ftp:// Kickstart from FTP.

ks=http:// Kickstart from HTTP.

kssendmac Adds HTTP headers to ks=http:// request that can be helpful
for provisioning systems. Includes MAC address of all nics in
a CGI environment variable of the form
all nics.

dhcpclass= Sends a custom DHCP vendor class identifier. ISC's dhcpcd can
inspect this value using "option vendor-class-identifier".

upgradeany Don't require an /etc/redhat-release that matches the
expected syntax to upgrade.

lang= Language to use for the installation. This should be a
language which is valid to be used with the 'lang' kickstart

keymap= Keyboard layout to use. Valid values are those which can be
used for the 'keyboard' kickstart command.

ip= IP to use for a network installation, use 'dhcp' for DHCP.

netmask= Netmask to use for a network installation.

gateway= Gateway to use for a network installation.

dns= Comma separated list of nameservers to use for a network

method=nfs: Use for an NFS installation.

method=http:// Use for an HTTP installation

method=ftp:// Use for an FTP installation

method=hd:/// Use on for a hard drive installation

method=cdrom Do a CDROM based installation.

vnc Do graphical installation via VNC. Instead of
starting a normal X server, vncserver will be started
and you can then connect remotely to do the

vncpassword= Set a password for the vnc session.

vncconnect=[:] Once installation is up and running, connect to
the vnc client named , and optionally, on port .
Requires 'vnc' option to be specified as well.

debug Start up pdb immediately
nofallback If GUI fails exit
rootpath= Where to install packages (default /mnt/sysimage)
pcic= Specify pcmcia controller
overhead= Override LVM overhead calculation
traceonly Don't run, just list modules we use
kickstart= Set serial install and kickstart file
kbdtype= Set the type of keyboard
module= Load additional kernel modules
class= Choose install class to use
autostep Make kickstart non-interactive
noselinux Disable Security Enhanced Linux
selinux Enable Security Enhanced Linux
cmdline Use command line installer
headless Automate install for machines with no display
xfs Allows the creation of a xfs filesystem
reiserfs Allows the creation of a reiserfs filesystem
jfs Allows the creation of a jfs filesystem

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

something similar to top but for network traffic...interesting and useful.