Deploy Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop Using PXE

Deploy Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop Using PXE

This has to be the most poorly documented feature of Ubuntu ever. The more I use it the more I wonder if they aren't losing their focus for corporate use completely. It's almost enough to make me want to play with CentOS. With Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, you were able to deploy Desktop installations by using some files from the "Alternate Install" disk image and a full desktop image. Since you had…

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Posted by Tony on Mar 23, 2015 | Servers, Desktop Linux, PXE, Netboot
PXE Install of Ubuntu Lucid

PXE Install of Ubuntu Lucid

I decided it was time to place a PXE boot install image on my network for installing Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid desktops. For the most part everything went as expected (see this post) but during the install I got an error that "restricted/binary-amd64/Packages was corrupt". It turns out there are no restricted packages on the alternate installer image, and the lack of an empty "Packages" file at "/dists/lucid/restricted/binary-amd64" where the networked install image is located was causing it to bomb. Simply doing touch Packages in that shared directory within the install image seems to have fixed the issue. For some reason the fact that the Packages.gz ungzips into a zero byte file was throwing it, but having an already existing zero byte file seemed to fix it.

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Posted by Tony on Jun 12, 2010 | PXE, Netboot, Desktop Linux