pxe Linux Install

I recently purchased a Dual Opteron HP Proliant and decided today to install Debian on it. The first problem is that there is no CD/DVD in it. I know I could have just ripped one out of another PC but I decided to do things a bit differently.
Basically I wanted to install Debian on the machine and the simplest way to do this if we are not allowed to use a CD is to use PXE and some ingenuity.
These are a rough set of steps I followed
apt-get install tftp-hpa and tftpd-hpa
You will also need a dhcp server and a resolver
apt-get install dnsmasq dhcpd
mkdir /tftpboot
grab The debian net insall bits
cp netboot.tar.gz /tftpboot/
cd /tftpboot/
tar -zxvf netboot.tar.gz
chown -R nobody:nogroup /tftpboot/*
edit /etc/xinetd.conf and add the following
service tftp
disable = no
socket_type = dgram
protocol = udp
wait = yes
user = root
server = /usr/sbin/in.tftpd
server_args = -s /tftpboot
/etc/init.d/xinetd restart
add the following to /etc/dhcp3/dhcpd.conf
host box2 {
hardware ethernet 00:00:1a:19:4e:7c;
filename “pxelinux.0”;
subnet netmask {
add the following to /etc/dnsmasq.conf
For those using an iptables firewall
iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp -o eth1 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p udp -i eth1 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p udp -i eth1 –dport 67:68 –sport 67:68 -j ACCEPT
iptables-A INPUT -p udp -i eth1 –dport 67:68 –sport 67:68 -j ACCEPT
iptables-A OUTPUT -p udp -o eth1 –dport 53 -j ACCEPT
iptables-A INPUT -p udp -i eth1 –sport 53 -j ACCEPT
Set the client machine to use network boot and restart it and hey presto a Debian installer. I chose linux26 at this point because I am using SATA disks with an Adaptec 1210SA controller.