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Friday, July 24, 2009 | comments

Randi Harper is a Senior Systems Administrator at IronPort/Cisco.

She previously held roles as a Systems Engineer at Yahoo! and has been a FreeBSD systems administrator since 2001. She helped run meetBSD California '08 and can often be found working at the FreeBSD booth at various technical conferences in the USA as part of the FreeBSD marketing team.


randi at freebsd dot org

BSDCan 2009
The Technical BSD Conference

Automating FreeBSD Installations

PXE Booting and install.cfg Demystified

This paper will provide an explanation of the tools involved in performing an automated FreeBSD install and a live demonstration of the process.

FreeBSD's sysinstall provides a powerful and flexible mechanism for automated installs but doesn't get used very often because of a lack of documentation.

Topics covered include:

  • Installation and configuration of isc-dhcpd
  • Setting up a TFTP server
  • Creating a PXE boot installation source
  • Configuration of installation options with install.cfg

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