BSDCan2009 - Final Release

BSDCan 2009
The Technical BSD Conference

Randi Harper
Day Talks - 2 - 2009-05-09
Room MNT 203
Start time 11:30
Duration 01:00
ID 126
Event type Lecture
Track System Administration
Language used for presentation English

Automating FreeBSD Installations

PXE Booting and install.cfg Demystified

This paper will provide an explanation of the tools involved in performing an automated FreeBSD install and a live demonstration of the process.

FreeBSD's sysinstall provides a powerful and flexible mechanism for automated installs but doesn't get used very often because of a lack of documentation.

Topics covered include:

  • Installation and configuration of isc-dhcpd
  • Setting up a TFTP server
  • Creating a PXE boot installation source
  • Configuration of installation options with install.cfg