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3. Server setup

The server needs to be setup in readiness for the client in a number of ways

3.1 Check your network services on your server

run the command /sbin/ifconfig if your output is similar to below then your loopback and ethernet card are correctly configured.

[cassie@snoball cassie]$ /sbin/ifconfig
lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
     inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
     RX packets:854 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
     TX packets:854 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:AA:00:BB:BD:09
     inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
     RX packets:190369 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
     TX packets:249267 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:1
     collisions:4793           Interrupt:5 Base address:0x320

If not ...

3.2 Setting up a dhcpd daemon

Here the server gives out IP numbers to requests by clients

3.3 Tftpd setup

trivial ftp - after you have your IP number your client requests a kernal, this is delivered over ethernet.

restart inetd, kill -HUP "process id of inetd"

3.4 Kernel image

You must compile a kernel for the Client that includes NFS support and the NIC driver for that client compiled in (not modules). Answer yes to Root file system on NFS? and BOOTP support?

After building the kernel, run mknbi-linux from the Etherboot distribution on it.(the mknbi program in the netboot/linux directory) Install this tagged image as /tftpdir/"vmlinuz.xterm".

see etherboot-4.2/doc/html/README-3.html

should i put a copy of mine somewhere for download RH6.0 ne2000 NIC

3.5 Security

It's easiest to allow anybody and anything to run services and process on your computer, but one day you will be sorry. You restrict these by your /etc/hosts.deny and specifically restore rights by /etc/hosts.allow, indicative examples :

# all except those in hosts.allow

#only hosts within my domain and my host at home.
ALL:LOCAL, 192.168.53.       #<-- note:no space after :

more security - look for more information in the ldp-howto's and if your using etherboot, in it's security howto.

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