Automatic Debian/Ubuntu Installation (Etherboot, Kickstart, DHCP, ...)
I have a very specific situation.
I'll explain it:
I have an unused computer which I want to install Debian or Ubuntu on.
Now, I dont have any keyboard, mouse and monitor on it(I know how easy it is to take it from another computer but I really want to try it without one:) ).
I do have a CD-drive.
THe Computer is in an already existing network, so there is a DHCP server(I can't make changes to the config of it).
I can't go online without Cisco VPN client installed(No, vpnc or what is it doesn't work)
I searched on the web and found some possibilities.
- PXE (with Etherboot): this looks very interesting. But I have to configure TFTP and I need to change the DHCP config(Am I right?).
- Kickstart: I use kickstart on RedHat. I just have to copy the dvd image contents to a webdir and then at the bootprompt tell where the kickstart config file is. I read ubuntu also uses kickstart. But can I change something so it automatically starts the installation with the kickstart config file(hardcoded on a CD-rom)?
I also need to create a debian/ubuntu mirror. And that is alot of work too and I don't have already a debian/ubuntu install running.
I wondered if it is possible to just copy the contents of the installation DVD to a webdir (I do this with RedHat, and then only have to specify the kickstart script at the boot prompt)
Help is very very apreciated:)
I searched alot of the web but I get a bit confused.