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Red Hat Linux Web-Based Installation Kickoff Process

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021206D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jan-02
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 15K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The Red Hat* Linux* Web-Based Installation Kickoff Process consists of a cross-platform Web front-end that collects installation information from the user, a server-side scripting language back-end that processes the user input and creates a bootable image that can be used to initiate the installation process. It reduces the time and skill necessary to configure a Red Hat Linux system build by using a GUI front-end with parameter validation in place of a text-based editor.

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Red Hat Linux Web-Based Installation Kickoff Process

The process flow is as follows:

User loads GUI in a Web browser.

User inputs installation-related information in the GUI form. The following

parameters are collected:

   Red Hat Release Short Hostname DNS Domain IP Address Default Gateway Subnet Mask Time Zone Environment Label Function Label Server Type Security Class Volume Groups Filesystems Device Drivers User submits the form via HTTP.

Server-side script validates user input. The following parameters are validated:

   Short Hostname: Checked to ensure a value was entered. IP Address: Checked to ensure correctly formatted IPv4 address. Default Gateway: Checked to ensure correctly formatted IPv4 address and that the gateway is on the same subnet as the system IP address. Subnet Mask: Checked to ensure correctly formatted IPv4 network mask. Volume Groups: Checked to ensure no duplication of volume group names and to ensure adequate size for allocated logical volumes. Filesystems: Checked to ensure no duplication of filesystem names or mount points within volume groups. If the parameters are not successfully validated, the user is returned to the form, with

the incorrect fields highlighted (step 2). If the user selects "Advanced Mode", they are given an opportunity to make further

customization. If the parameters are successfully validated, the server-side script processes the

parameters and creates bootable image(s) that are downloaded by the user.


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