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Configuring a Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) using Red Hat Linux 7.2 on Compaq ProLiant Servers


Launching the PXE Image for installing Red Hat Linux 7.2

If you have completed all the steps detailed in the previous section, you are now ready to launch the PXE image for Red Hat Linux 7.2.

  • 1.

    Connect the target server and the PXE server on an isolated network. After PXE support has been enabled and setup to boot to the network, power on the target server.

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    Press F12 when prompted for network boot. The target server connects to the PXE server and attempts to obtain an IP address from the DHCP server.

Note: If the Show Setup prompt is disabled on a ProLiant DL360, this F12 will not appear. The system will boot according to the order selected in the Option ROM Setup.

  • 3.

    Press F8 and select Remote Install to begin the network boot and download the PXE image. After the Linux image takes over, the Linux installation process begins. Several prompts for language and keyboard appear.

  • 4.

    Select FTP access to the Red Hat Linux 7.2 CD when prompted. Enter the static IP address of the PXE server and the corresponding path to the Red Hat Linux 7.2 CD. This path is relative to /var/ftp.

After completing the steps above, the remainder of the installation works the same as a regular CD-ROM installation.

ProLiant Health Driver for Linux

A ProLiant Health driver (cpqhealth) is available for Linux users. This driver provides hardware monitoring support for select ProLiant servers using Red Hat Linux 7.2. The driver is available on the Compaq Server Download Center website: http://www.compaq.com/support/files/server/us/index.html.

Additional information on using this driver is available in the Linux Health Driver HOWTO document located at ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/products/servers/linux/linuxhealth.pdf.


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