Amahi Netboot for noobs
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NOTE: This is for Fedora 14 ONLY and needs updated to reflect Amahi 7 specifics.
Amahi-netboot is the package that allows you to use your amahi machine as a PXE/Network Boot/tftp server with minimal configuration.
- Boot live cds
- Install just about any OS(Linux, BSD, even Win XP/Vista/7)
- Run Utility programs and CDs (Hiren's, Ultimate Boot CD)
All without burning CDs/DVDs or using USB flash drives!
- Working Amahi HDA
- "test" system running windows or another desktop OS.
- Both are networked using wired ethernet cables, at least while network booting.
NOTE: I've only been using amahi for a few weeks, so I'm not an expert by any means on linux, netbooting, or amahi and I don't work in the field. If I can get this running I think anybody can.
Step 1: Install amahi-netboot
From the console or putty login to your hda as root and enter
yum -y install amahi-netboot
Step 2: Setup your "test" computer
It's useful to use a virtual machine on your "test" computer so you don't have to reboot every time.
On the "test" machine Install latest Virtualbox (to include extension pack).
Step 3: Create a "test" Virtual Machine
- Click New Button - Next->
- Name=test-> OS=Linux-> Version=Linux 2.6->
- Base memory size=depends on your system default=256 change to 512 or higher
NOTE: Fedora 14/Amahi require 384MiB for graphical install. Otherwise cannot customize the partition layout in text mode install
- Create new disk= default 8Gb is fine->Next
- VDI checked = default is fine ->Next
- Dynamically allocated=default is fine->Next
- Virtual Disk file location and size = default is fine->Next
Step 4: Settings for "test" vm
- Check Network box and click up arrow to bring it to top
- Also ->Settings->Network->Adapter1->Change "NAT" to "Bridged adapter"
Step 5: Start your "test" vm
- You should see it startup and boot to the amahi-netboot menu.
Step 6: Works
Go to Tutorial #2
- Double-check virtual machine settings
- Reboot your server and start test virtual machine again
- Go to forums and ask for help. My original post is here
Also see Netboot