install freebsd from inside another operating system
derek at computinginnovations.com
Mon Dec 8 06:40:11 PST 2008
At 08:17 AM 12/8/2008, Gerhard Schmidt wrote:
>Robin Becker schrieb:
> > I'm just wondering if it is possible to install FreeBSD from inside a
> > bootstrap operating system such as a knoppix or ubuntu preinstall?
> > Reason I'm asking is that my boss is asking about getting another
> > commodity server using a provider that doesn't offer freebsd. We do get
> > KVM over IP however, and I assume that really clever people might know
> > how to handle this sort of thing if they have console access.
>Only KVM or do you have access to a Remote console (IPMI).
>You can try to boot FreeBSD from a Network but than you need access to the
>Network from a running server to setup a TFTP and BOOTP Server. Much more
>easy would it be just to let the Computer Center guys insert a FreeBSD CD
>into the CD Drive. Thats how I install FreeBSD in remote Computer Centers.
>It Might work I you generate a Harddiskimage and use your Bootstrap OS to
>get it from net and write it to the Harddisk at the server. I never done
>this but theoretically it should work.
>As I said, the best way to du the install is to have a CD inserted and
>after install simply change the bootsequence in BIOS.
Another option is install FreeBSD under VMWare ESX server. The ESX server
is now free. Loading FreeBSD is straightforward using the ISO cdrom.
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