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9.4. Automating the Installation with Kickstart

Every Installation Produces a Kickstart File

The Fedora installation process automatically writes a Kickstart file that contains the settings for the installed system. This file is always saved as /root/anaconda-ks.cfg. You may use this file to repeat the installation with identical settings, or modify copies to specify settings for other systems.
Fedora includes a graphical application to create and modify Kickstart files by selecting the options that you require. Use the package system-config-kickstart to install this utility. To load the Fedora Kickstart editor, choose Applications System Tools Kickstart .
Kickstart files list installation settings in plain text, with one option per line. This format lets you modify your Kickstart files with any text editor, and write scripts or applications that generate custom Kickstart files for your systems.
To automate the installation process with a Kickstart file, use the ks option to specify the name and location of the file:
 
linux ks=
location/kickstart-file.cfg



Kickstart source Option format
CD or DVD drive ks= cdrom:/directory/ks.cfg
Hard Drive ks= hd:/device/directory/ks.cfg
Other Device ks= file:/device/directory/ks.cfg
HTTP Server ks= http://server.mydomain.com/directory/ks.cfg
FTP Server ks= ftp://server.mydomain.com/directory/ks.cfg
NFS Server ks= nfs:server.mydomain.com:/directory/ks.cfg
Table 9.2. Kickstart sources

To obtain a Kickstart file from a script or application on a Web server, specify the URL of the application with the ks= option. If you add the option kssendmac, the request also sends HTTP headers to the Web application. Your application can use these headers to identify the computer. This line sends a request with headers to the application http://server.mydomain.com/kickstart.cgi:

linux ks=http://server.mydomain.com/kickstart.cgi kssendmac


 
 
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