Creating the kickstart file and boot media

Installing Linux on a large number of nodes with a kickstart file has a few advantages. For example, the installation process can be automated by specifying a list of to-be installed packages and configuring system settings for the post-installation process.

In this section, we will cover steps of creating a kickstart file and a USB boot media with the operating system image.

Getting ready

A kickstart file is a plain text file used for the automatic installation of Linux.

  1. Prepare a USB flash drive with storage capacity larger than 512MB. The drive should have a single vfat filesystem partition. We can use the following command to check the filesystem type:
    blkid
    

    Note

    We should see a message similar to the ...

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