Documentation: Installing FreeBSD 7.0 via serial console and PXE

Alexandre "Sunny" Kovalenko gaijin.k at
Wed Jan 30 04:27:44 PST 2008

On Tue, 2008-01-29 at 12:06 -0800, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 02:50:43PM -0500, Ed Maste wrote:
> > > iv.  Knowledge of how TFTP and DHCP work, and how to debug them if
> > >      they break,
> > > v.   Intricate knowledge of configuring a DHCP server (common
> > >      question: "what's the 'next-server' and 'option root-path'
> > >      stuff? Is it needed? Why?")
> > 
> > I admit that I haven't tried installing Linux or Solaris via PXE, but I
> > find it interesting that such knowledge wouldn't be required for them.
> It's much more "solid" in the sense that with Linux, you simply tell the
> boot loader (GRUB or whatever else) to pass the kernel an argument that
> says "use this serial port speed, no VGA console, and output everything
> to this serial port".  That's *it*.
> I'd have to dig a little deeper on Solaris i386 (I'm pretty sure it's a
> boot loader option, similar to -S115200 in /boot.config on FreeBSD), but
> on Sparc I believe OpenBoot takes care of this pain for you.

At least on my V100 (which is admittedly old machine) it does so by
mandating 9600,n,8 -- no choice, no pain ;)

Alexandre "Sunny" Kovalenko (Олександр Коваленко)

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