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    Server 8.04.1 Install

    Having trouble installing Ubunter Server edition.

    I'm running a blade server with no cd, and no disk drive. But I can boot from usb.

    Downloaded ubuntu-8.04.1-server-i386.iso and tried to run it from my 1g usb but only got as far as the detect cd rom device driver step. I realize the iso was made for a cd but tried the usb anyway.

    I just downlowded Wubi but saw that there was no option to install the Ubuntu Server edition and am now installing Kubuntu KDE4.

    Was wondering if there was an option for someone with my hardware limitations to install the Ubuntu Server edition?

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    You have got all you need to mount your *.iso as /cdrom:
    * Kubuntu - Working Linux environment (we used a local Ubuntu installation)
    * Established internet connection
    * 1GB or larger USB flash drive
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    22. Reboot your computer and set your system BIOS boot priority to boot from the USB stick.
    You should be able to boot Ubuntu 8.04.1 from the memory stick and by default it should save your changes, restoring them on subsequent boots.
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/05...ll-from-linux/

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    p.s.:
    It works for me only when I follow the Notes:
    "If your having trouble getting Ubuntu to boot, your memory stick may have a corrupted MBR. To repair the MBR of your USB device, at the terminal type sudo apt-get install lilo then type lilo -M /dev/sdx (replacing x with the letter of your flash device)"
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/05...ll-from-linux/
    You have to wget ubuntu-server.iso instead of wget releases.ubuntu.com/releases/8.04/ubuntu-8.04.1-desktop-i386.iso and you will need a second usb-drive for the installation: The first one (temporary, fake cd-rom-drive) to boot ubuntu-server.iso from and second one to install your server to.

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    i used unetbootin to create a bootable usb stick for my eeepc. it is fast and very easy, i suggest you take a look at it

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    I've looked at that website before. Plus I already have a version of linux(DSL) installed onto my usb.

    From what I understand the purpose of that article is to install Ubuntu onto the usb only.

    My goal, sorry maybe I didn't make this clear in the original post, is to install Ubuntu server edition from the usb onto my pc which is now running Win xp and soon Kubuntu(hopefully that will help).



    I'm a bit of a newbie to linux so excuse me if I'm overlooking anything.
    Last edited by dividenot; September 28th, 2008 at 10:51 AM.

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    At work I use PXE to install Debian and Ubuntu onto machines without CD drives. It works stellar. Does your machine have the capability to boot via PXE? If so, do you have a second machine there you can set up as a PXE boot server?

    I've always had trouble with USB booting, personally. It ought to be doable, but it's very hit and miss in my experience.

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    Quote Originally Posted by dividenot View Post
    I've looked at that website before. Plus I already have a version of linux(DSL) installed onto my usb.

    From what I understand the purpose of that article is to install Ubuntu onto the usb only.

    My goal, sorry maybe I didn't make this clear in the original post, is to install Ubuntu server edition from the usb onto my pc which is now running Win xp and soon Kubuntu(hopefully that will help).



    I'm a bit of a newbie to linux so excuse me if I'm overlooking anything.
    unetbootin allows you to create a bootable usb stick of the ubuntu iso meaning you can boot from the usb and install ubuntu from that usb as though you were installing from the cd, but you are using the usb stick instead

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    This tutorial shows you how to drop your server-edition onto the usb-drive. Than you should be able to boot it and use it like a CD Installer. You can install Ubuntu-Server trough lan (PXE), from a local system using unetbootin or from a usb-drive wherever you need to. Notice: DSL-Linux is a "Working Linux environment", so you don't need a running Kubuntu first and the second thing is: Ubuntu-server-edition has no desktop environment by default.

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    Thanks alot guys for the help.

    Actually my current situation is much like my previous situation. I'm just a bit more clear about what the real problem is.

    I've used unetbootin to install ubunter server 8 to my usb drive and can now succefully boot from my usb. That's actually something I achieved with previous attemps.

    The real problem now is that, after booting from the usb, I'm having trouble at the step where it asks to find and mount my cdrom drive (where I have none). I tried loading quite a few of the device files including a few with a name like /dev/usbdev1.1_cu00. I know that all the files necessary to install ubuntu are on my usb and I'd really just like to skip the cdrom detection step. It's a critical step I realize and I am not sure how to get around it.
    Last edited by dividenot; October 1st, 2008 at 06:47 AM.

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    Re: Server 8.04.1 Install

    Quote Originally Posted by dividenot View Post
    I'm having trouble at the step where it asks to find and mount my cdrom drive (where I have none) (...) and I'd really just like to skip the cdrom detection step.
    Mounting the USB stick as /cdrom

    This step is only needed for the Alternate install CD and Ubuntu 6.10 or older.
    Switch to the second virtual console during the first couple of dialogs (when asked about your preferred language for the installation etc.) by pressing the ""ALT-2"". Do the following:

    • mkdir /cdrom /dev/cdroms
    • cd /dev/cdroms
    • ln -s ../sda1 cdrom0 (where sda1 is your USB stick)
    • mount -t vfat /dev/cdroms/cdrom0 /cdrom

    Then switch back to the first virtual console by pressing ""ALT-1"". Continue installing Ubuntu as if you were running from CD.
    This was a bit tricky until I got the hang of it. You need to have the hardware detection detect your hda before you can mount it! But just wait until it complains about a missing CD-ROM, then don't try to helpfully tell it where to look. Just accept the dialog where it says that this stage failed, then switch over to the virtual console and mount -t vfat /dev/hda3 /cdrom. (I skipped the gyrations with /dev/cdroms, they don't seem to be necessary.) Back in the installer, you should now be able to proceed from the next point in the dialog.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick

    What is about the the pendrivelinux-solution?
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/05...ll-from-linux/

    Take a look here as well:
    http://ph.ubuntuforums.com/showpost....92&postcount=3
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...0&postcount=42

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