Bootable cdrom

Michael E Brown michael_e_brown at
Wed Aug 29 14:45:00 CDT 2001


You can make a custom kickstart file with "device=" section specified in
the correct order, then you can make a boot floppy out of the
images/boot.img file. Drop the kickstart file on the floppy. Now you have
a floppy/cd combo that you can use to install machines without a tech.

If you wanted, you could probably burn a new cd with this floppy image.
Adaptec EZ CD-creator can do this, I think. mkisofs can, as well.

If you did not want a kickstart file, but just wanted to add "expert
noprobe" as the default option, you could do the same thing as above
(minus kickstart file), and then edit the syslinux.cfg file to add this to
the kernel command line.


On Wed, 29 Aug 2001, Ron Reed wrote:

> Is there a way that I can get the boot image off of the cdrom and make
> modifications to it? I need to make these CDs that can reinstall a system
> without a tech on hand.
> Ron Reed
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael E Brown [mailto:michael_e_brown at]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2001 1:51 PM
> To: Ron Reed
> Cc: linux-poweredge at
> Subject: Re: Bootable cdrom
> Boot the installer with "expert noprobe" option. This will prevent the
> installer from automatically loading drivers. In the driver selection
> screen, select the aacraid and then the megaraid, and everything should be
> in the right order to get you up and running.
> The rest of the installation process should be the same. The only thing
> that "expert" mode changes is loading of drivers.
> --
> Michael
> On Wed, 29 Aug 2001, Ron Reed wrote:
> > I have an issue with the RedHat 7.1sbe installer on the CD. It loads the
> > scsi modules in a bad order. I have several PowerEdge 2550 servers that we
> > just got from Dell. RedHat 7.1sbe was installed on them from the factory,
> > but there are too many things installed that we do not want installed. So
> I
> > set about making a KickStart configuration to reset the machines. What I
> > have run into is the fact that the default installer will load the
> megaraid
> > module before it loads the aacraid module. The aacraid is the interenal
> raid
> > and the megaraid is the external one. How do I get the boot image off of a
> > 7.1bse cd so that I can modify it and burn a new cd with the rpms that I
> > need to install?
> >
> >
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > ---
> > Ronald Reed
> > Linux System Administrator
> > Southern Great Plains, ARM CART Site
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Michael Brown
Linux OS Development
Dell Computer Corp

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