Methods of Installation

As the connectivity and speed of both local area networks and Internet connections have increased a lot, so it is becoming an increasingly popular option to perform installations over the network rather than using a local CD-ROM.

In general, you’ll find that network installations becomes rather important once you’ve decided to install Linux over many machines and therefore requires a fast installation procedure in which many systems can be installed  at the same time.

usually, server installations aren’t well suited to automation, because each server usually has a unique task to perform; thus, each server will have a slightly different configuration. For example, a server dedicated to handling logging information sent to it over the network is going to have especially large partitions set up for the appropriate logging directories, compared with a file server that performs no logging of its own.

Because of this, you might  focus exclusively on the technique for installing a system from a CD-ROM. Of course, once you have gone through the process from a CD-ROM, you will find performing the network-based installations to be very straightforward.

If It Just Won’t Work Right . . .
Suppose you’ve gone through the installation procedure . . . twice. We said it should work. The installation manual said it should work. The Linux guru you spoke with last week in online forums said it should work.

But it’s just not working.

 No operating system installs smoothly 100 percent of the time. (Yes, not even the Mac OS!) Hardware doesn’t always work as advertised, combinations of hardware conflict with each other, the CD-ROM might have CRC errors on i.

With Linux, you have several paths you can follow for help. If you have purchased your copy from a commercial vendor such as SuSE or Red Hat, you can always call tech support and reach a knowledgeable person who is dedicated to working through the problem with you. If you didn’t purchase a box set, you can purchase support from Red Hat and other distributors of Linux. Last, but certainly not least, is the option of going online for help. An incredible number of web sites like this are available to help you get started. They contain not only useful tips and tricks but also documentation and discussion forums where you can post your questions. Obviously, you’ll want to start with the site dedicated to your distribution: for Red Hat Linux. Other distributions have their own sites.

Here are some recommended sites for installation help:
This is a newsgroup, not a web site. You can read it with a news client, or through the web at

this is another newsgroup, but Red Hat Linux–specific.

This is another Red Hat Linux newsgroup.
This site is a collection of wonderful information about all sorts of Linux-related topics, including installation guides. Just a warning, though: Not all documents are up to date. Be sure to check the date of any document’s last update before following the directions. There is a mix of cookbook-style help guides as well as guides that give more complete explanations of what is going on.
This site features “Newbie-ized Help Files” that help with a variety of hardware and software issues.

And last but not the least share your problem with us we would surely try to find one or other way to your problem. There are many online forum for your support, infact you will always have such a large support for free with LINUX only.

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