[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Server

Ian Pascoe softy.lofty.ilp at btinternet.com
Mon Apr 6 15:02:02 BST 2009

Mat and Steve

Thanks for all the pointers - I've chickened out following that HDD bug and
will take it to the next LUG so the experienced guys there can start it off
for me.



-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com]On Behalf Of Matthew Daubney
Sent: 05 April 2009 10:22
To: British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Server

On Sun, 2009-04-05 at 07:37 +0100, Ian Pascoe wrote:
> Gents
> So I take it then that for a Server installation the recommendation is to
> into the back of those cupboards <shudder> and find that CD drive.  Oh
> it's chucking it down outside and I suppose that's a better use of time
> surfing.
> Cheers
> Ian


Just to reiterate, that is not necessary. The server cd itself won't
work from a USB pendrive thingy. However, the netboot cd will. The
netboot CD is a very small image containing more or less what is needed
to boot the installer. Once this is on a USB disk (using a tool such as
unetbootin, which is a fantastic tool. ) You can boot the viglen from
the USB disk. Ensure that the machine has some kind of network
connection though.

Once the machine has got to the point where it has found your network
card and discovered the interwebs, just before the partitioner, you will
need to copy a module onto the viglen from a local network machine or a
webserver, as the installer doesn't contain the module to use the
_internal_ hard drive. The instructions can be found on the bug report
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/318805 the
important thing is to find out which version of the kernel the installer
is running. Open another tty (ctrl+alt+f2) and type uname -r to find
this. Once you know this you can find yourself a copy of the module from
a machine running that kernel and copy it across to the viglen. I did
this by putting it on my webserver and using wget, but I suspect there
are other ways of doing this as well. Once this module is on carry onto
the partition stage (or go back to just before it and go forward again)
and it will detect your internal HDD successfully.

It will later ask you what packages you want installed, just tell it you
want the server install, openssh server and, in your case, samba, and
all will be well :)

Hope that helps!

-Matt Daubney

ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com

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