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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. Please report bugs or outdated images to the mailing list.

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.

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

Install a minimal Debian system and the package debian-lan-config. Follow the instructions provided in /usr/share/doc/debian-lan-config/README.Debian on the system.

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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 clone --branch wheezy git://
git clone --branch jessie git://
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.