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my church just got some ibm x335's donated. Cent 5 is only relaly
dvd's. I do have a windows server using IIS for internal stuff. How
would i setup a local repo for the dvd so i can point the net install
iso to the windows box?

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  • John R Pierce at Aug 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    On 08/30/10 6:56 PM, William Warren wrote:
    my church just got some ibm x335's donated. Cent 5 is only relaly
    dvd's. I do have a windows server using IIS for internal stuff. How
    would i setup a local repo for the dvd so i can point the net install
    iso to the windows box?
    run a http server anywhere handy and copy CentOS/5/os/i386/ (or x86_64)
    from one of the mirrors to a web directory...

    then boot the netinstall off a USB stick and do the network install with
    the URL, like ....

    http://192.168.2.10/CentOS/5/os/i386/


    you can use nfs or ftp instead of http


    with a little more work, you can setup a PXE boot server, this requires
    a few more steps and is left as an exercise to the reader.
  • Robert Heller at Aug 31, 2010 at 8:18 am

    At Mon, 30 Aug 2010 21:56:19 -0400 CentOS mailing list wrote:
    my church just got some ibm x335's donated. Cent 5 is only relaly
    dvd's. I do have a windows server using IIS for internal stuff. How
    would i setup a local repo for the dvd so i can point the net install
    iso to the windows box?
    USB DVD rom drives are pretty cheap these days... Even if the new
    machines can't boot from the USB DVD rom drives, you can burn the
    'boot.iso' file onto a CD-R and then do an install from the USB DVD Rom
    drive.

    To do a netinstall you'll need to set up one of these:

    nfs server
    http server (IIS might work)
    ftp server


    *I've* used nfs (trivial to set up on a Linux machine) for netinstall.
    You just need to stash the DVD .iso file on an nfs exported file system.

    It is also possible to get the CentOS 5 distro on a batch of CDs (6 or
    7 I think) and it is possible to do a very minimual install using only
    the first CD, and then install the rest later.

    It is also possible to install from the local hard drive -- you might be
    able to get this setup using a Live CD. You'd need to do the
    partitioning from the Live CD, including a partition that would not
    include the OS (a scratch partition).

    Once you get *one* of the boxes set up, you can make that machine a NFS
    server and install the rest using NFS.
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