pxeboot to -Install- FreeBSD...

Karl Pielorz kpielorz at tdx.co.uk
Fri Apr 7 10:39:03 UTC 2006

Hi All,

I've been messing about with FreeBSD 6.1-Beta#4 recently, and I'm trying to 
get a server setup, so that I can pxeboot and install FreeBSD on some other 

I've gotten dhcpd, tftp, pxeboot et'al to work - and, indeed the client 
machine dhcp's, pxeboots - and dumps itself into an 'Amnesic' FreeBSD 
system, with df showing:

Filesystem              1k-blocks      Used     Avail   Capacity  Mounted On     26353244   4071180  20173806     17%     /
devfs                           1         1         1    100%     /dev
/dev/md1                    31470       134     28820      0%     /var
/dev/md2                    19566        12     17990      0%     /tmp

Obviously, this would be great if I wanted to run FreeBSD off of 
nfs/pxeboot - but not so good for installing it...

On the off chance - I tried logging in, and firing up 'sysinstall' - which 
didn't do too well, probably obviously :)

What do I need to do, to turn this 'booting FreeBSD from pxeboot' into 
something that will dump me into sysinstall, like booting from the CD rom?

I've searched the net - but the only stuff I've found is either for much 
earlier FreeBSD versions, or incomplete - or both :)



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