SysAdmin: Kickstart

Your company just bought 30 new machines, and it’s your job
to install Linux on them. If you’re using Red Hat Linux, the
kickstart install process can save you a lot of time.

“Kickstart automates the install process, so that it becomes as
simple as putting the floppy in, turning the machine on, and coming
back 15 minutes later. Kickstart is especially useful if you have a
number of machines with similar configurations. In the simplest
case, all you need is an up-to-date boot floppy, a kickstart config
file, and an installation CD-ROM. For trickier installs, you might
also need a DHCP or bootp server, an NFS server, and a DNS

“A kickstart installation requires that you predefine all
necessary installation data in a kickstart config file. The
kickstart config file can be split into three parts – the
preinstall, the packages, and the post-install.”