Building your own FreeBSD installation CD-ROM

David Landgren david at
Tue Jan 18 09:14:55 PST 2005


(I asked this question last week on -questions but received zero 
answers. My apologies if this is the second time you are seeing this 

how does one go about creating a FreeBSD install CD-ROM? I'd like to be 
able to build my own CD-ROM with as much as possible of the install 
process done automatically. For instance, what parts of FreeBSD to 
install: X or not, games or not, etc. etc. And which ports to install 
straight away. I could also set up cfengine so that as soon as the 
machine came to life it could go and connect to my cfengine repository 
and download all the latest configurations to move into operational status.

E.g., I'd like to just have to specify the partition layout, the name 
and IP of the machine, and its role(s): (web, dns, squid, mta, samba...)

This would make rebuilding so much faster if a machine was 
catastrophically trashed. I could just hand someone a CD and a sheet of 
paper and they should be able to work it out by themselves without 
knowing too much about the ins and outs of FreeBSD. I could go on 
holidays without being stressed out.

Thanks for any pointers to documentation on the subject, I'm sure people 
have done this before, but I can't coax the results out from my web 


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