3.2.2 Using a Kickstart File to Install a System

A kickstart installation requires access to the full installation media which can be on a local CD-ROM drive, USB drive or hard drive, or on a network installation server that is accessible using HTTP or NFS.

To use a kickstart file to install a system:

  1. Boot the system using local boot media.

  2. Selecting an installation option in the boot menu and then press either the E key (UEFI-based systems) or the Tab key (BIOS-based systems) to access the boot prompt.

  3. Use the inst.ks boot option to specify the location of the kickstart file.

    If the kickstart file is located on an NFS server, you might use a boot command such as the following:

    ip=em1:dhcp inst.ks=nfs:192.168.1.100:/ksfiles/ks.cfg

    where ip=em1:dhcp specifies that DHCP should be used to configure the em1 network interface.

    If access to a network is required and no network configuration is specified either on the boot prompt or in the kickstart configuration, the installation program enables DHCP on all available network devices.

    If a system has multiple network interfaces, use the bootdev option to specify the interface to be used for installation, otherwise you will prompted to choose an interface.

    For PXE clients, it is usual to specify the kickstart parameters in the boot loader configuration. For more information, see:

    For more information about boot options, see Section 3.1, “Installation Boot Options”.