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By lawrencem ·
Has anyone ever tried a remote install of Linux.
I have to replace my kernel since it is now corrupted. It is possible for me to touch the machine , but I would prefer to do the install from my desk. Is this possible? What are the implications of this install process?
Thanks,
Lawrence

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by Jaqui In reply to Remote install

yes, it's possible.

if it's just replacing the kernel.
rebuild the kernel through an ssh session.
then edit the bootloader to point to your new kernel.

check your distro's boot images on the cdroms, they may have an install kernel that will boot into thier installer.
burn the image to floppy.
copy the contents to your remote machine.
edit the config to point to whichever remote source location you want
make sure you have package selection included.
edit bootloader to point to it.
reboot the system

only thing is, you'll have to be at that machine to do final config.

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by apotheon In reply to Remote install

Jaqui gives good advice, but if that's not what you're looking for:

You could always just do a PXE install. Google for it. If your hardware supports it, you're in business.

It's also helpful to have a serial console server if you want to be able to admin a machine from afar, including access during pre-bootloader booting.

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