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Thread: Unattended Install Using WDS and a Shared Folder

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    May 2012

    Question Unattended Install Using WDS and a Shared Folder

    I am attempting to build an unattended installer using a Microsoft Windows Distribution Server. Using information I found online I have been able to get it setup and running with only one problem, the CD needs to be in the drive for it to work. I would like to know if there is a way to get the installer to access the files from a share so the CD is not necessary.

    For example, I have an NFS share called "/nas/softare/ubuntu/12.04LTS" that contains the extracted Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alternate Installer CD. When I perform a PXEboot, and am prompted to select an option, I want the installer to automatically connect to the NFS share mentioned above to get the files it needs rather than it going to the CDROM. I have searched the Internet for days but the only thing I can find is how to do it using TFTP which is something I would prefer not to do.

    In case anyone is wondering, I do have network connectivity during the install because I am pulling the preseed file from a URL and it works as it is supposed to.

    This is the content of my menu file and I have attached my preseed file:

    LABEL Ubuntu12.04LTS-Install
    MENU label ^Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit install:
    KERNEL /Linux/Ubuntu/12.04/vmlinuz boot=precise auto=true ramdisk_size=1048576 rw
    APPEND vga=791 initrd=Linux/Ubuntu/12.04/initrd.gz -- preseed/url= locale=en_US keyboard-configuration/layoutcode=us console-keymaps-at/keymap=us debian/priority=critical netcfg/choose_interface=eth1 netcfg/dhcp_timeout=60 hostname=install
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    Re: Unattended Install Using WDS and a Shared Folder


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