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Is it possible to boot a Fedora LiveCD via PXE using HTTP (not NFS)?

asked 2014-11-14 18:29:04 -0500

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I've found several blogs explaining how to boot Anaconda via PXE. And I've achieved it. But now I would like to boot a LiveCD. I've seen several blogs explaining how to do this using a (DHCP+TFTP+)NFS/NBD server, but my infrastructure only has a (DHCP+)HTTP server (the latter is used to store the pxelinux.0,kernel+initrd files and the isos mount points, too). I've seen in Ubuntu are some kernel parameter like netboot=nfs nfsroot=serverIp:/mount/point ... for fetching root filesystem from a NFS server: my question is if there are there some kernel parameters "equivalent" in HTTP. Thanks!!

P.S: I know the existence of livecd-iso-to-pxeboot command, but i've tried it and it doesn't work well: it hangs at boot.

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answered 2014-11-14 21:55:29 -0500

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Try to use iPXE And there can be a problem in f21 beta, bug so you have to make custom initramfs file.

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I've read question again :) Via http you can only download an image with root filesystem, and then mount it.

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answered 2014-11-18 12:43:49 -0500

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nfs is a network file system contrary to http which is a publishing system, for exemple you have no write right with http , what you can do is to download in memory an iso image published on http and boot on it(feasible you have enough memory), i would recommand ipxe too which is more feature rich.

accepted network filesystem are nfs,cifs,nbd,iscsi

kernel boot option

diskless setup

for ipxe with iso see this link

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