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I have a PXE server at home for doing network-based installs, which uses the text-based alternate installer.

However in 10.10 the Ubiquity (aka graphical) installer has some really nice features; like installing in the background while I fill out my user information, installing updates as part of the install, and it looks pretty great.

Is there a way to set up netboot with ubiquity so I can use my existing PXE server but have a nice graphical installation?

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You need to export the live filesystem over NFS, and set the NETBOOT and NFSROOT kernel command line parameters.

See this help document (under "A variation") for the full details.

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The trick is to load a minimal system with NFS-Support. This system can start the graphical installer. This hotwo should help setting this up.

If you like experimenting around with pxe I recommend fog, this has alot of features and will setup part of the installation by itself. It will also allow you to backup partitions over network and load them back.

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Thanks for the pointer to fog. I wasn't aware of that before, but I'm excited to try it out. – Don Faulkner Sep 7 '10 at 13:11
I accepted evan's answer since it linked me to official docs, but +1 for the other information! – Jorge Castro Sep 15 '10 at 16:47

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