Sun Ultra 27 Workstation Linux, OpenSolaris and Solaris Operating System Installation Guide

Installing the Linux Operating System From a PXE Server

If you want to install the Linux operating system (OS) on multiple client systems on a network, you can use a PXE (Preboot Execution Environment) to accomplish that task.

Before You Begin

Refer to the Linux vendor's documentation for details on various deployment options:

ProcedureTo Install the Linux Operating System From a PXE Server

  1. Power cycle the workstation.

  2. Hold down the F8 key until you see the BBS Popup menu.

    This menu allows you to select a boot device.

    Graphic showing BBS Popup menu.
  3. Select a Network: IBA GE Slot entry and press Enter.

    The network card selected must be connected to the network and be accessible by the PXE server.

    Note –

    If the network card is properly connected to the network but does not boot, it may be necessary to configure the network card for booting through the workstation's BIOS configuration program.

    The network card boots and after receiving the correct response from the DHCP server, displays the Boot Agent message similar to:

    Intel(R) Boot Agent PXE Base Code (PXE-2.1 build 0.86)
    Copyright(C) 1997-2007, Intel Corporation
    CLIENT MAC ADDR 00 14 4F 29 04 12 GUID FF2000008 FFFF FFFF FFFF 7BDA264F1400
  4. When prompted, press F12 for a network service boot.

    The PXE image menu will be displayed.

  5. Select the image that you want to install.

  6. Reboot when the installation is complete.

  7. Install the workstation–specific drivers from the Tools and Drivers DVD as described in Installing Drivers, unless your client image is configured to preload the drivers.