fai-chboot(8)               System Manager's Manual              fai-chboot(8)

       fai-chboot - manage the network boot configuration files

       fai-chboot [OPTION]... KERNELNAME HOST...
       fai-chboot -l[e|d|t|o|g] [PATTERN]
       fai-chboot -e HOST...
       fai-chboot -d HOST...
       fai-chboot -c HOST|TEMPLATE HOST|TEMPLATE...
       fai-chboot -i [OPTION]... HOST...
       fai-chboot -I [OPTION]... HOST...

       This command creates the configuration files for network booting using
       pxelinux and DHCP.

       KERNELNAME is the file name of the kernel that will be booted. This
       kernel will mount the root filesystem via NFS. You can add additional
       kernel parameters and define some FAI specific flags. For each host one
       configuration file is created. The file name of the configuration file
       is its IP address in upper case hexadecimal or its MAC address with the
       prefix "01-". HOST can be a host name, an IP or a MAC address or the
       keyword "default".

       -B     Set default values for FAI_FLAGS. This is the same as -f

       -c     Copy an existing config file to one or more hosts or templates
              and enable them for network booting.

       -C CFDIR
              Use CFDIR as the configuration directory. Default is /etc/fai.
              You can also set the environment variable FAI_ETC_DIR.

       -D DIR Set the directory for the network boot configuration to DIR. The
              default value is /srv/tftp/fai/pxelinux.cfg/.

       -d     Disable the PXE configuration for the specific HOST. This
              renames the config file adding the suffix .disable to it, making
              PXE boot fall back to the default.

       -e     Re-enable network booting for HOST. This renames the config file
              removing the suffix .disable from it, so the next time it uses
              its own PXE configuration.

       -E     Add FAI_FLAG initial. This causes setup-storage to disable
              preserving partitions. This may erase (therefore option E) data
              on the disk.

       -f fai_flags
              Set FAI_FLAGS. The flags must be comma separated.

       -F     Set default values for FAI_FLAGS. This is the same as -f

       -h     Show simple help and version.

       -i     Set parameters for booting the FAI install kernel (proper
              initrd, boot from nfs). This does not set FAI_ACTION

       -I     Same as -i but also sets FAI_ACTION=install. So a fully
              automatic installation will be performed. ATTENTION! This will
              erase most of the data on the local disks of the install

       -k parameters
              Set kernel append parameters.

       -l     List the configuration for all hosts in short format. If PATTERN
              is given, list only hosts matching PATTERN. Lists hostname,
              FAI_ACTION, kernel name and IP address in hex. Use -le, to list
              only enabled hosts, -ld to list only disabled hosts, -lt to list
              only templates, -lo to list only hosts that do not match any of
              the previous categories, and -lg to list the configuration for
              all hosts, sorted and ordered by groups (enabled, disabled,
              templates, others).  Note that a combination of multiple -l
              options is not supported and that in listing mode no other
              action will be performed.

       -L     List the configuration for all hosts. Also list the kernel
              append parameters.  If PATTERN is given, list only hosts
              matching PATTERN.

       -n     Do not create configuration but show what would be done. This
              also enables the verbose flag.

       -o     Do localboot via PXE. Do not boot via network card, but use next
              boot device which is specified in the BIOS. Normally this is the
              local disk.

       -p     Preserve existing config files. The default is to overwrite an
              existing config file.

       -P     Add the pxelinux option IPAPPEND 6 to the config file. This will
              add the two variables BOOTIF and SYSUUID to the kernel command
              line, that are also defined as variables inside FAI.


       -q     Query the absolute patch and filename of the PXE configuration
              file for a host or a list of hosts.

       -s SUFFIX
              Use SUFFIX to determine which kernel and initrd to use.

       -S     Same as -i but also sets FAI_ACTION=sysinfo.

       -u URL Set FAI_CONFIG_SRC to URL. Setting this variable is mandatory
              for the operation of FAI. See fai.conf(5) for the format of this

       -U URL Add URL to kernel and initrd file names. lpxelinux.0 can use FTP
              and HTTP for getting these files.

       -v     Create verbose output.

       fai-chboot -l
              List the configuration for all hosts.  fai-chboot -FSPv -u
              nfs://faiserver/srv/fai/config atom02 The host atom02 will boot
              the FAI install kernel but with FAI_ACTION sysinfo.

       fai-chboot -l tmpl
              All templates are listed.

       fai-chboot -IBPv -u nfs://faiserver/srv/fai/config atom02
              The host atom02 will be installed. ATTENTION! All data on the
              local hard disks are lost in most cases, because we want to
              install a new system. After the installation the host
              automatically reboots.

       fai-chboot -vSP -s2.6.18-4-amd64 faiserver
              Booting kernel vmlinuz-2.6.18-4-amd64
               append initrd=initrd.img-2.6.18-4-amd64 ip=dhcp

              faiserver has in hex 01020304
              Writing file /srv/tftp/fai/pxelinux.cfg/01020304 for faiserver

       fai-chboot -IFv -u nfs://faiserver/srv/fai/clusterconf node03
              node03 will be installed using the configuration space
              /srv/fai/clusterconf, which is mounted from faiserver via NFS.

       fai-chboot memtest86+ atom02
              The host atom02 will boot the memory test. Install the package
              memtest86+ and copy the executable memtest86+.bin to
              /srv/tftp/fai without the .bin suffix.

       fai-chboot -o default
              All hosts, that do not have a PXE configuration for their IP-
              address will do a localboot, i.e. booting from local disk.

       fai-chboot -vc lenny64 james007
              This command will tell the host james007 to use the template
              called lenny64.  Beforehand, you have to manually create the
              template and save it to /srv/tftp/fai/pxelinux.cfg/lenny64.tmpl.

       fai-chboot -iFPv atom02 atom03 dom kueppers
              The hosts atom02, atom03, dom and kueppers will boot the FAI
              install kernel. FAI_ACTION will not be set unless specified with
              option -k or -I. You can also use the script class/LAST.var on
              the install server to set FAI_ACTION.

       NOTES  Currently only PXE boot is supported.

       /usr/share/doc/syslinux/pxelinux.doc.gz The pxelinux documentation.

       This program is part of FAI (Fully Automatic Installation). See the FAI
       manual for more information on how to use fai-chboot. The FAI homepage
       is https://fai-project.org.

       Thomas Lange <lange@informatik.uni-koeln.de>

FAI 4.3                           October 2014                   fai-chboot(8)