So my big project the last week or so was coming up with a pxe server to boot images from the network.
My first reason is that I keep my images on another server and when I’ve attached them with vmware if I accidentally close VMware workstation there goes my install.
Secondly I have two machines that seem to be real picky on usb sticks to boot from. Not sure what the issue is but they just stop at some point.
Plus it would be great to not have to deal with usb keys.
So at first I tried building the pxe server myself. I got a couple images in fine, but at some point I’d always get stuck. Spent alot of time looking at installs that were based on other linux distros, as well as the instructions on how to put older versions of ubuntu, centos, etc onto the pxe server. So it just made it a total pain.
That is until I decided to load up the Fog Project. It’s software that you can install on linux distros like debian and centos and it makes it real easy to set up a pxe server. It does have a few other features, which I have not gotten into yet, but probably will.
The best thing really is that it makes it easy to set up the pxe server, you still have to deal with setting up the distros, but it’s no where near as bad.
In the next couple of days I hope to have instructions on how to install recent distros onto the fog server.