April 8, 2010

Ubuntu Linux Diskless Boot with DRBL (Diskless Remote Boot in Linux)

Filed under: Linux,Ubuntu — mariojump @ 1:55 pm
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DRBL Package makes it much easier to implement Linux diskless client environment than setting up TFTP, DHCP, NFS, NAT-router, netboot-enabled kernels, and so on individually.

For complete steps, refer to .

Here’s the step-by-step record of mine.
I used Xubuntu 9.10 as a host, however, other Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) should be very similar, unless identical.

DRBL is also available for other distributions such as Fedora, Debian, etc.
If you need to use proxy, set $http_proxy and $ftp_proxy.

$ export http_proxy=
$ export ftp_proxy=

$ sudo apt-get remove network-manager
$ sudo cp /etc/network/interfaces /etc/network/interfaces.backup

$ sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces

$ cat /etc/network/interfaces
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback
auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
auto eth1
iface eth1 inet static

$ wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

$ sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list
## add following lines
deb karmic main restricted universe multiverse # (Or any Ubuntu mirror site near you)
deb drbl stable
## end

$ sudo apt-get update
$ apt-get install drbl

$ sudo /opt/drbl/sbin/drblsrv -i
## Selecting the default values worked.

$ sudo /opt/drbl/sbin/drblpush -i
## Selecting default values worked.
## When the server gets updated packages, the step above needs to be done again, according to the instruction.

Now, the server is ready for PXE-booting the clients.


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