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Questions tagged [kickstart]

Kickstart is an automatic installation method of Linux originally developed by RedHat. Answers to questions during installation are pre-defined in a kickstart file (Default: ks.cfg).

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How do I get past the “Finish partitioning and write changes to disk” during automated UEFI install?

I am using ubuntu 18.04 with virt-install (--boot uefi) and a kickstart ks.cfg file. The disk partition and %pre information is ignored when using UEFI. Disk partitioning information part /boot/efi -...
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Is there any way to make ubuntu use the interface name automatically from kernel during kickstart?

Ubuntu 16.04 automated installation gives error, which I suppose is due to different interface names given depending on the hardware. The kickstart configuration : # Network information network --...
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Ubuntu Kickstart preseeding partman/early_command

I am using Kickstart to preseed an Ubuntu (14/16/18) installer. This is not the standard debian preseeding, so I don't think you can directly use "d-i" configurations. There is very little ...
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How do I configure Kickstart network settings with Ubuntu 18.04?

I saw that in Ubuntu Server versions 16.04 and prior, there used to be a way to auto-configure the SystemV networking part of the Ubuntu OS in unattended installs via Kickstart files. However it seems ...
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nvme not loaded during pre kickstart (16.04)

Hoping someone can point me in the right direction. i am trying to create a kickstart image where in the %pre section i look to see if a nvme drive is installed. if so install to that. the problem is ...
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Using an alternate server iso installer, how can I set an IP address during boot up?

Goal Using the latest LTS server iso (alternate), which at the time of writing is ubuntu-18.04.1-server-amd64.iso, I want to be able to do an installation, using a preseed and a kickstart file hosted ...
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Ubuntu18 Server Kickstart Install

We used to install VMs with Ubuntu 16 Server by using a custom ISO we created. This makes use of Kickstart to install packages and run some scripts. However this seems not to work with the 18 ...
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Defining network interfaces on Ubuntu KVM Kickstart files

I already asked this question on Server Fault but I haven’t gotten any traction. I hope moving it here is not wrong? How does one define static network interfaces in a kickstart file, for Ubuntu KVM ...
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Issue accessing install media during kickstart install of 18.04 LTS

I am working on an automated install for Beaver (18.04) and am hitting an issue in a post installation step (%post). I am unable to access the install medium in that post step in either --nochroot or ...
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How can i create and auto install of other open source software such as openvpn and snort using kickstart? [duplicate]

I'm new to kick start and i would like to know how i can create an auto install of open source software such as open vpn and Snort using kick start. Can this be done by post scripting the file? or ...
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Need help in Ubuntu ks.cfg

I am building ks.cfg thus creating a customised ubuntu 16.04 ISO. I have few queries like this. I need to remove complete Menu which appears in the beginning and just need "^Install OSF Server" ...
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Is there any possible way I can prompt the user to select a timezone just like in plain Ubuntu in a customized ISO?

Currently I provide a modified ISO to users and it has many configurations in ks.cfg for configuration post installation of OS. The users are in different timezones. Till now there is no manual ...
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Blank screen after install with kickstart and preseed file

I am unable to correctly install Ubuntu-server (16.04.3) automatically using kickstart and preseed files. The KS and preseed file seem to take effect and is loaded but once the server reboots after ...
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Differences between kickseed and preseed system installation methods

I am trying to understand some differences in ways that you can automate an installation of Ubuntu. It involves differences between what I understand are preseed and kickseed approaches. When ...
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how to make an automatic installation disk with a system image (14.04)

I need to deploy a master PC image to a large number of PCs with the ability to automatically partition disks. I found how to make a LiveCD from an installed and configured system, but there are no ...
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Install custom *.deb by using Kickstart ( Ubuntu Server 14.04 )

I'm trying to create an Ubuntu Server automated installation by using Kickstart. I also need to install third-party packages without internet connection. The installation end successful, but packages ...
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Custom Automated Installation of Ubuntu Server wont boot

Got a question, hoping someone can give me an answer, which is probably obvious but I am lacking the knowledge as a junior system admin. So I had to do various automated installs of Ubuntu Server for ...
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Is there any way to autoinstall Ubuntu without root-password and without sudoer?

I'm trying to fully automate VM-provisioning. Therefore I trying to get Ubuntu to install without any passwords. Authentication is configured afterwards by puppet. I tried the following statements ...
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User not recognized in custom install CD using kickstart/kickseed

I attempted to create a custom ubuntu installer (based on server edition) like: How do I create a completely unattended install of Ubuntu? and: How to create a Customized Ubuntu Server ISO? but it ...
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How to load docker image from a kickstart or preseed file?

I want to create customized ubuntu iso with docker engine installed. I also want to load some docker images in it. Docker Engine is installed. I could save docker image using docker save command. ...
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Using Preseed/Kickstart with USB

Has anyone successfully created a bootable USB key that will use preseed and kickstart? All the tutorials titled 'automated install ubuntu with usb' etc, have cdrom/.. as the iso path. When i ...
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Can Kickstart/Preseed install more than 1 OS

I need to have a dual boot system, both OS will be Ubuntu. Is it possible to have kickstart/preseed install more than one OS? For example kickstart/preseed install Ubuntu on sdaX and sdaY on the same ...
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Locating a kickstart file on a client

I accidentally deleted my custom Ubuntu 16.04 kickstart file from my PXE server. I remember seeing it as a local file on a client that used this server and kickstart to install Ubuntu, but I can't ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS kickstart not working with nfs option in ks file

I'm attempting to automate some desktop installs using kickstart file instead of the preseed file. I understand that the process converts the ks.cfg file to the relevant preseed file The error ...
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kickstart install ubuntu 14.04 LTS without intervention and no swap

Thanks for previous questions about automatic installation, but I am running into an issue doing an automatic install without getting a swap partition. Here is my ks.cfg: #Generated by Kickstart ...
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How to specify default Ubuntu 16.04 installation language in isolinux/lang?

I previously used this command to set english as the default language for my unattended Ubuntu installation in 14.04 and it worked perfectly: echo en >> isolinux/lang For Ubuntu 16.04 this ...
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PXE Setup for Xenial prepends squashfs path with /cdrom

I've tried everything I can think of, but I must be missing something. I'm using a PXE setup that pulls everything from a web server to install 16.04. The "default" file contains: LABEL Ubuntu 16....
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I can not export the preseed.cfg file with kickstart configurator

I would like to create a preseed.cfg file for able to construct a Virtual Machine Vagrant automatically (with packer tool). For this I find a "kickstart configurator" application in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. ...
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OS Installation via Mirror

I am trying to do fresh machine installation via Kickstart over HTTP. During the installation the installer failed to download from the mirror on looking at the installer logs I could notice errors ...
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bootloader isolinux/txt.cfg default option not recognized [closed]

I am trying to kickstart an Ubuntu 15.10 installation, but the default option at the boot menu is not picked up for some reason. The syntax seems fine, and if I manually chose any of the options, It ...
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Kickstart file not downloaded

I'm trying to automate the installation of Ubuntu Server 14.04LTS through PXE. I have set up a server that hosts DHCP, TFTP and HTTP. I have set up a DHCP scope with a PXE boot filename. I have copied ...
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How to prevent Ubuntu installer from connecting to Canonical

To be precise, I created PXE kickstart installation from ubuntu-15.10-server-amd64.iso with virt-install. After network detections it hangs for a long time trying to connect to Canonical server (which ...
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Preseed Ubuntu Server from USB (preseed not found)

I'm trying to make a USB installer for Ubuntu Server 14.04, but I'm having some trouble with the preseed file when booting from USB. I have a kickstart file and a preseed. The kickstart file works, ...
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Appending a package to Ubuntu ISO [duplicate]

I am trying to include a package to an ubuntu ISO. I have googled and found some solutions with kickstart. But, I dont want to automate the partitioning and all. I wish it to appear like a normal ...
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Issues with Unattended Ubuntu Installl from USB

*****UPDATE: I have now implemented a hack which solves this problem. I am still looking for help as I don't really consider the hack a solution. I booted shell (alt+f4) once the computer hung-up on ...
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Unattended Offline Edubuntu 14.04 Install

I am looking for a way to do this offline with Edubuntu 14.04 desktop. It would install much faster and better for large-scale deployments. It seems that contrary to some guides, kickstart is no ...
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Steps to create a kickstart server on Ubuntu 14.04

Need a step by step procedure for creating a kickstart server on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
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Can you determine which packages are not being used at all when running a specific program

I want to create a custom Ubuntu server distro that automatically installs and runs a specific program only on the target machine. I've found a very good guide here: How to create a customized ubuntu ...
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PXE based installation always sets hostname as 'kickseed'

I am using PXE based provisioning of Ubuntu 12.04.5. I have PXE, TFTP, DHCP server in place. All my configurations specified in kickstart file are set correctly except the hostname. The machine always ...
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How to install ubuntu 12.04 desktop os using kickstart

I want to install ubuntu 12.04 desktop os using the kickstart can any one help me please What type service need to install and on client install what to type where to type
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Ubuntu 14 LTS install via PXE using ks.cfg - No unity after install

I am trying to setup a PXE server with a ks.cfg to automate install. I have an apt-cache based repo. This is to serve as a host for nearly 200 machines. The installation goes fine, but at the end, ...
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Completing a “minimal virtual machine” install with a kickstart file

I have built an unattended setup ISO for Ubuntu 12.04.4 using instructions provided on the community wiki, however, I'm having a hard time with two specific pieces of the install: The installer hangs ...
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Installing ubuntu from customized live CD

So basically I modified an installation iso file. To be specific I added a kickstart file to it to automate the installation of ubuntu 14.04.1 i386, I modified the isolinux/txt.cfg file to make it use ...
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Ubuntu does not follow the preseed file for network settings

I am trying to automate Ubuntu installations using Cobbler and preseed. I referred to this officical sample seed file for Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/installation-guide/example-preseed.txt ...
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“No root file system is defined” when using kickstart

We are using Physical server and are in process of Automated “ubuntu-12.04.1-server-amd64” OS installation on it. There are two HDD for OS installation purpose and there are RAID1 relation between ...
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Boot Options for Kickstart install method not recognized

I'm successfully installing 12.04 using PXE, as shown below: label ubuntu12.04 menu label Ubuntu 12.04 kernel images/ubuntu/12.04-amd64/linux append initrd=images/ubuntu/12.04-amd64/...
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Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS Kickstart ignores all partitioning commands

We need to use PXE netboot to deploy multiple identical Ubuntu 12.04 LTS servers. I've tried various Kickstart config files and was ALWAYS thrown into the installer's partitioning screen. The ...
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Preseeding Ubuntu 12.04 ignores partitioning scheme

I've been battling with this problem for a couple of weeks now. I'm trying to automate the installation of Ubuntu servers using PXE and Kickstart. I've managed to fix most problems I've run in to ...
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Ubuntu Kickstart/seed file - weak password

I have used the kickstart generator tool to generate a kickstart/preseed file for ubuntu KVM installations which has worked well until now. It stopped working when I switched over to using a very weak ...
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Restart installer on any error (PXE with cobbler)

I provision few boxes using PXE with Cobbler. My network is not very stable, so sometimes the installation fails. The installer is not able to retrieve a package. Is it possible to make the ...