How to install CentOS via HTTP – parallel for 20 PC.

first of all.

Setup the HTTP repository with something like the following setup ..

 
mount -o loop /home/namran/iso/CentOS-5.4-i386-bin-DVD.iso /var/www/html/centos
service httpd start

then boot of each machine with a DVD/ boot CD.

Get upto to boot menu and type

linux askmethod

wait.. till the following come up.. then remove DVD/CD from the drive. ( else it would still go to local media instead of HTTP *sigh*)

then just proceed as usual..

choose keyboard…

choose installation method .. ( HTTP )

configure tcp/ip

manual ip address as we don’t want to messed up the whole network with a new DHCP server.. 🙂


hmm.. somehow is determining hostname..

finally .. enter the HTTP repository .. ( change the website to your IP address )

if succeed.. it shall shows the release notes.. screen as follow..


and .. the http log shall shows something like this.

tail -f /var/log/httpd/access.log

then.. just proceed as if for normal installation..

define partition… root pw .. package… bla.. till the end.

and move to the next machine.. repeat the same.

so .. in parallel.. would be something like this..

p/s : this can also be automated with the kickstart..
but have to make sure the hardisk structure is the same for the whole set of PCs..
which could be tricky if wanted to maintain the existing partition structure..
and risk is losing the whole data on those machine.. 🙂

so better off.. go to each machine.. configure the partition table.
verify it manually .. then only give a go !

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  1. ahstod says:

    Let’s see how long that WEBSITE WITH XMLTV FILES for MALAYSIA’s ASTRO THAT CAN BE USED ON MYTHTV lasts … 😎

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  2. ahstod says:

    you can also use tv_cat to concatenate multiple xmltv files into one, and pass it to mythfilldatabase in one go.

    Got a few other useful tv_* utilities, e.g. tv_to_text.

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  5. namran says:

    oh.. haven’t done exploring all the utilities
    that come with the myth app..

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  7. chaggylooga says:

    Guys…. if you look at the Astro website (http://www.astro.com.my) they now publish their complete tv listings (albeit channel by channel) in XML / RSS format. For example TV1 is at http://www.astro.com.my/channels/rtm1/ with the RSS feed being at http://www.astro.com.my/rss/channels.asp?sid=M038. Although I am not as technical as many on this forum, surely this must make life easier?

    Chaggy

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  8. ahstod says:

    Great idea chaggy!

    I wrote a script to convert the RSS feed(s) on astro’s website into XMLTV for mythtv:

    http://dev.abubakar.net/astro2xmltv/

    If anyone tries it, let me know how it works. Instructions are at the top of the script.

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  9. dotsha says:

    Astro stopped their RSS feeds some months ago. I wrote yet-another script based on the EPG as of January 2011.

    http://home.abubakar.net/pubdocs/ under astro_xmltv.

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