Tip: Install OS via netboot.xyz without ISO support

Guest post by @ehab Written: 05th december 2020

It can happen your vm provider has a broken iso mount or does not support it at all. You can install your OS using netboot.xyz the following way:

1- Have your vm already installed with one of the provided templates e.g: debian 9. ssh into your vm as root install the ipxe package:

# apt-get install ipxe

# update-grub

Get your ip, gateway from your vm info email, provider cp or on debian this way and store it as it will be needed later.

# cat /etc/network/interfaces or # ip r

# reboot

2- From your vnc or console, you should be able to see similar grub menu

after you press enter then quickly keep pressing CTRL+B ,or you can set to boot from CD only in you cp… then you should

enter your ip info you stored from the above step 1 like show in next image

if your vm supports ipv6 then it may try to configure it so you press enter like shown:

let it boot and should be good ๐Ÿ™‚

I wrote this article when i got a HH vm and uploading iso is broken at time of this article.

References : 1- https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/190865/is-it-possible-to-add-some-pxe-network-boot-option-to-grub 2- https://www.panticz.de/Install-GRUB-iPXE-netboot

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