The installation of a mainserver is possible in various ways. You can either create your own CD image, download a provided CD image or convert an existing minimal Debian installation. The approaches are described in the following.
Create an ISO Image
The pages listed below describe how to get started and prepare a CD to install the faiserver. All other machines are deployed from the faiserver. Please report failures to the mailing list:
Download an ISO Image
If you are short in time, give Debian-LAN a try by using the provided ISO images.
Convert a Minimal Debian Installation
First install a minimal Debian, hostname mainserver, domain name intern. Log into the system and execute:
aptitude -R install fai-server dialog git
Now, put your FAI config space in place:
mkdir /srv/fai/ cd /tmp/ git clone --branch squeeze git://git.debian.org/git/collab-maint/debian-lan # or: git clone git://git.debian.org/git/collab-maint/debian-lan cp -r /tmp/debian-lan/fai/config /srv/fai/ cd -
Modify it if needed and run FAI with the variabel CONVERT set to true:
export CONVERT=true ; fai -vN -s file:///srv/fai/config/ softupdate
If anything looks fine, connect the machine to the internal network and reboot. Please contact the mailing list if things do not work out as expected.