The main issue with installing OS’s on these Winterfell servers is the complete lack of video card :)

Your only option is serial console using the USB > Serial header adapter.

So the task is to install RedHat or CentOS (or other RHEL style OS’s) via PXE, with serial console only access. To do this, we need to pass boot parameters to the PXE menu entry.

In this particular case, my 1GB interface on the OpenCompute V3 (Winterfell) servers is recognized as eth2. So my PXE menu entry looks as such:

This utilizes the text console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200n8 to redirect video output to the serial console of the system.

I also specify the serial console in the PXE boot menu for the menu itself:

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Eric Sarakaitis

Virtualization Engineer at CBTS
I'm Eric, I love to cook, sing, garden and enjoy cold beverages!