Install FreeBSD using Windows desktop and PXE
jkotrla at angelo.edu
Mon Oct 24 11:20:09 UTC 2011
On 10/24/11 04:29, Eir Nym wrote:
> -- Eir Nym
> On 24 October 2011 13:23, Eir Nym<eirnym at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 24 Oct 2011, at 11:10, Matthew Seaman<m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:
>>> On 24/10/2011 02:18, Eir Nym wrote:
>>>> I want to install FreeBSD to my second box and I have only Windows 7
>>>> x64 desktop without CD drives.
>>>> 1. I have access to remote FreeBSD server (via SSH) where I can make
>>>> custom FreeBSD installation in any format.
>>>> 2. I know how to create TFTP/DHCPD/PXE server to boot loader and kernel.
>>>> So questions are:
>>>> 1) Do I able to boot some minimal FreeBSD environment without NFS aka
>>>> embedded BSD to install fully functional environment? What things
>>>> should I do to boot up it?
>>>> How can I use Crunch/MFS_ROOT ??
>>> You should be able to PXE boot FreeBSD and then mount a copy of one of
>>> the install DVDs by NFS from where you can run the system installer.
>>> That is, you mount the root filesystem via NFS while you're running the
>> There's simple tftp server for Windows with dhcpd features. But NFS server becomes available only in Windows 2008 platform.
>>> In principle this should be enough for you to install FreeBSD locally on
>>> your second machine. This is quite unusual stuff, and probably not as
>>> well tested as more orthodox installation mechanisms.
>>> It might be simpler if you can install from a USB memory stick image.
>> I'm looking for USB image
> I'm looking for USB image writer which works in Windows 7 to write raw
> image to USB drive
>>>> 2) How can I write it to Flash drive in Windows 7?
>>>> dd/flashnul/rawrite/rawcopy/etc are not working under this OS: it
>>>> blocks access to drives even administrative rights.
>>> If you can boot the install media, then you aren't running Windows 7 any
>>> more, and the restrictions imposed by that OS simply don't apply.
>>> Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 7 Priory Courtyard
>>> Flat 3
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>>> JID: matthew at infracaninophile.co.uk Kent, CT11 9PW
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