[mythtv-users] [OT] Diskless front end (using PXE) - Fedora Core?

Big Wave Dave bigwavedave at gmail.com
Thu Jul 7 16:40:12 EDT 2005

This is for Gentoo, but might help get you started...



On 7/7/05, Micah.Wedemeyer at gtri.gatech.edu
<Micah.Wedemeyer at gtri.gatech.edu> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm getting ready to split my current Myth box (a combined
> frontend/backend) into two separate machines.  As part of the split, I'm
> planning to move to a diskless front-end configuration where it boots
> over the network from the server.
> I've checked in the BIOS and my soon-to-be frontend does indeed have
> PXE, and LAN is an option for boot device.  So, on that front, I think
> I'm in pretty good shape.
> However, I'm not much of a Linux expert, and the distro I'm most
> comfortable with is Fedora Core.  I used Jarod's guide to get my current
> setup running, and I would probably follow it (or use FC4) when I split
> to the client/server model.
> My question is: Does anyone know how to setup a network boot using
> Fedora Core?  From the client's perspective, I'd like to have it start
> up and fetch grub or something to allow further booting.  From what I
> understand, I can specify a NFS location in grub for the kernel and
> such.
> What I'm not clear on is how to install all the Fedora Core stuff in
> such a way as to support 2 machines (the client and server) from a
> single HDD.
> Ideally, I'd like a way to share certain things (window manager,
> applications like mysql, etc) between the different machines.  However,
> there will also be things that could be distinct (kernel, modules,
> X-windows settings, /proc filesystem, and such) since the 2 machines
> will not be the same hardware.
> A second and less ideal approach is to have nothing shared.  In this
> case, both installations reside on the same partition but are completely
> distinct.
> The easiest, but least ideal, approach (that I know of) is to have
> separate partitions for each machine.  In this setup, I could take the
> HDD and partition it with multiple separate partitions representing each
> machine.  Then I could physically connect the HDD to the client and
> install FC on one partition.  I could transfer the HDD to the server and
> install FC again on the other partition.  At that point I've got 2 fully
> functional FC installations and I could use grub to choose which to go
> to.
> Am I making this too hard?  Is there an easier way that I'm just not
> seeing?
> Thanks,
> Micah
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