Install of 5.3 x86_64 from USB DVD ?

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SQSQ2
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Install of 5.3 x86_64 from USB DVD ?

Post by SQSQ2 » 2009/10/07 17:38:35

Dell PowerEdge 6950, latest BIOS and SAS firmware.

Silly thing has only a cdrom and with 5.4 close, I'm trying to avoid downloading the cdrom isos
for 5.3. Also, I will probably be installing on machines that do not have an optical drive,
so the exercise is not just for curiosity's sake.

I have a Frankenstein's Monster USB DVD, made out of a Belkin case and an IDE DVD
drive. It seems to work fine.

I can boot from the USB DVD, but it then asks for the location of the packages. If I chose
local cdrom the local cdrom opens. No go.

So I remove the internal cdrom completely, hoping the install will understand what I want.
Now it asks me to select a driver. Aha, it has usb-storage, that should do it. It doesn't.

Is there really no way to install CentOS x86_64 5.3 from the DVD using a USB DVD drive?

Thank you for your time,
SQSQ

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Re: Install of 5.3 x86_64 from USB DVD ?

Post by pschaff » 2009/10/08 13:08:57

Welcome to the CentOS fora.

There have been problems in the past similar to what you describe with installing from some DVD drives. Don't know specifically about USB DVD. This shiny new Wiki article may be of interest to you. Feedback appreciated if you try it.

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/InstallFromUSBkey

It does require ISO images of some sort, but works for me with either CD or DVD ISOs. Another alternative using netboot is discussed in the comments in the article. If you are doing a lot of installs and go the network route, have a look at

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/CreateLocalMirror

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Re: Install of 5.3 x86_64 from USB DVD ?

Post by SQSQ2 » 2009/10/08 21:12:12

Thanks for the pointers. I did see the InstallfromUSBKey bit, but
as it did not directly address the USB DVD issue, I filed it away
as a possible workaround.

In the end, I set up an NFS directory with the x86_64 iso,
booted from the USB DVD and then did an NFS install.
A bit of a scenic route, to be sure, but I now have something
to build on.

Cheers,
SQSQ2

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Re: Install of 5.3 x86_64 from USB DVD ?

Post by SQSQ2 » 2009/12/01 23:13:28

Follow up for CentOS 5.4:

On a different set of machines, using the CentOS 5.4 x86_64 DVD,
I had no problem with a straight USB DVD drive install.

Cheers,
SQSQ

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Re: Install of 5.3 x86_64 from USB DVD ?

Post by gerald_clark » 2009/12/02 17:36:22

I am not familiar with that machine, but on other DELL servers, I have to turn off the internal CD/DVD in the BIOS in order to use a USB DVD.

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Re: Install of 5.3 x86_64 from USB DVD ?

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Re: Install of 5.3 x86_64 from USB DVD ?

Post by SQSQ2 » 2010/02/08 22:15:29

It didn't matter if the internal CD/DVD was disabled or not.
Indeed, it didn't matter if I pulled the drive.

When I finally got a chance to try CentOS 5.4 X86_64
on a Dell PowerEdge 6950, there was no change.
I still couldn't install from it.

So, to recap:

On some machines, i.e., non-PowerEdge 6950s, a
USB install works fine.

However, on a Dell PowerEdge 6950, I had to revert
to an NFS install.

Eventually, I bought DVD drives from Dell to avoid
the issue altogether in the future.

Cheers,
SQSQ

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