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I'm curious if it's possible to install Ubuntu on a blank HD over the network. This is an HP windows home/media server (hp ex490), with no CD/DVD rom. The server doesn't seem to respond to a USB monitor, keyboard or mouse.

I feel like there's information out there already on this, but I come up empty on Google.

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  • Have you checked the official documentation on how to install Ubuntu over network? It's located here: help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/Netboot – Nikola Petkanski Jun 27 '13 at 7:32
  • Thanks @NikolaPetkanski, I looked there first and it does provide a lot of useful information, although I wasn't able to find what I was looking for. – Schoffelman Jul 1 '13 at 17:47

To do that you will need another PC connected to the same network as your other PC, so on your PC which you have Windows install on (I presume) use Tftpd32 it's a DHCP and network booting daemon.

  • Download Grub4dos.

  • Set tftpd32 to have grldr as boot file.

  • Download plop boot manager (google is your best bet).

  • On the client PC set it to a PXE-boot or network boot.

  • Turn off dhcpd from your router of you're using it.

  • Boot the old-pc.

  • Once your in grub, select command line.

Type in :

map --mem (pd)/plpbt.img (fd0)
map --hook
root (fd0)
chainloader +1

Then you'll be in plop boot manager and you'll be able to boot from usb from now on.

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