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Troubleshooters.com: Installing Linux over NFS--The How's and Why's

May 19, 2003, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Litt)

[ Thanks to Steve Litt for this link. ]

"If you already have the proper installation materials on one of your computer, and if the client to be has a network card that the installer can probe, an NFS installation is much faster than a CD install. It also removes the need for switching CD's, so once you've answered the questions, it can install unattended. Subjectively, I think that NFS installs might be more reliable than CD installs, because a network is more reliable than a CD reader.

"Best of all, if you're installing multiple machines, you save time aplenty.

"NFS installs aren't for everyone. They're more complex than a CD install. You must place the iso images in a directory on a server, make sure those iso images are accurate, export that directory via nfs, create a boot floppy, and answer unaccustomed questions on the client. You'll have a harder time finding help with NFS installs, because less people are aware of them.

"If you perform lots of installs of the same distros, NFS installations can save time and trouble..."

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