Troubleshooters.com: Installing Linux over NFS--The How's and Why's
May 19, 2003, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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
"Best of all, if you're installing multiple machines, you save
"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..."