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Offline funguy

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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2012, 03:45:18 PM »
>>A: a running windows OS in order to create a core remaster
  The ghost linux files are also on the GSS 2.5 installation cd (/mnt/sr0/Linux/LinuxTools.tgz)

>>B: a virtual linux machine with 256MB RAM
  I just wanted to save a few cds during the remaster..anyone can burn the original tinycore cd and boot a real machine to create the ezremaster

>>C: a second running windows OS with a pxe server.
   Or a linux server for pxe.  Linux is more stable.  Just add an samba share for image storage.

>>... and all that just to be able to run the linux version of ghost...
    Well when you put it like that it is a lot   :)  I do prefer to run ghost from my parted magic pxe image.  Until I figure out why occasional storage modules need to be script launched like hpsa, which only works on newer hp proliants.  I have been putting a lot more effort into making tinycore play nice with all the machines I image regularly. I would just use clonezilla but there are drawbacks, like the fact it can't shrink partitions easily during restore.  Truth is, I just love the wbar in tinycore and the smaller overall size too much to stop trying to perfect it.  Hence the script to help reduce human error as I remaster.

>>then I really don't get the point.
   I just wanted a smaller pxe like tinycore os that has lots of drivers to help ghost image newer hardware.


Offline curaga

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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2012, 01:25:34 AM »
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   I just wanted a smaller pxe like tinycore os that has lots of drivers to help ghost image newer hardware.

Oh, nothing against that; I assume tinypoodle's main criticism was about the use of Windows, we are on a linux forum after all ;)

Also TC itself can run as a PXE server.
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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2012, 07:04:56 AM »
Thanks for all clarifications.

First thing coming to my mind when reading "core + ghost" would be booting a DOS image with ghost from a pxe server running under core...

Note that a pxe server is included in base, including a configuration "wizard", very simple and very low in requirements (X not required).
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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2012, 08:12:15 PM »
Wow funguy, I love what you've done.  I want to use the Tiny Core Builder for VMware View Client and PXE boot it.

The URL for the builder is: "repurpose dot vmwarecloud dot at" 

It looks like the cr_tc-initrd.sh dumps the contents of core.gz and the files listed in copy2fs.lst and merges them in a temp folder and repacks it.  Does it also copy all the files from cde\optional?  And, what does the bootsync.sh line do? 

Then your script adds the Ghost files into the proper folders (using tmp\newinit) and then repack it.  Since the cde\optional folder has a bunch of extensions including the View Client, how would you merge these into the core.gz?  Would the cr_tc-initrd.sh work?

Thanks,

Jonathan

******************UPDATE - 11/1/2012******************

I was able to run the cr_tc-initrd.sh with a slight modification.  Instead of copying the files from copy2fs.lst, I used the onboot.lst.  This seemed to work and when I booted from PXE the GUI started.  However, I think the View Client may have some trouble starting because I see the desktop background and the WBar, but when View Client launches there is a black screen with an X cursor.  So there is something still amiss, but its a pretty good start.  The core.gz is only 20MB! 
« Last Edit: November 01, 2012, 07:41:36 PM by jonatj »

Offline funguy

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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2013, 08:53:09 AM »
Weird thing happened.  I tried 4.7.2 and my base extensions were missing after I ran my old add_ghost_and_create_pxe_core.sh script.  Here is a new fixed script that seems to work better by adding the base extensions to ezremaster.cfg.  Any help improving this script is gladly accepted.  The CDE folder is still auto deleted so that PXE is easier.  PXE is tested and working fine with this new script.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2013, 01:38:38 PM by funguy »

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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2013, 10:38:55 AM »
Thanks funguy for an excellent post.
I have created my image by hand (while adding scsi/raid drivers)
The speed of PXE booting TC beats any WinPE iso hands down.

Definitely best solution around (as long as Symantec produces Linux version...)

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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2013, 08:40:48 AM »
Just one issue with Optiplex 360 & 380

I use ghost to auto reboot after finish -rb

Machine starts the shutdown, but never passes beyond System Restating - but it never does!

Most likely the issue as here

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« Last Edit: February 16, 2013, 08:54:27 AM by sebus »

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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2013, 10:15:39 AM »
Not the same, as that is in the kernel.
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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2013, 10:28:19 AM »
Exactly, can not reboot TCL on this machine either (by normal reboot), just the fact that Ghost invokes the command, makes no difference
« Last Edit: February 16, 2013, 11:14:07 AM by sebus »

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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2013, 11:37:08 AM »
I know this has been a while, but is there a how-to on how I can add the megaraid_sas modules to this remastering process?  I'm probably just being dense, but I don't see how to do that as part of the remaster.  Everytime I try something it works fine in my VM, but after copying over the iso it doesn't load the kernel module I need to see my drives.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: TinyCore with Symantec Ghost using PXE
« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2013, 09:54:05 AM »
I personally would do it via a dynamic remaster like my dynamic multimaster or dynamic remaster (and yes, I have a CPIO.GZ that contains the scsi .tcz and a lot of other kernel module extensions).