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Ubuntu Live CD PXE Boot with Serial Console Redirection


I was pretty stoked when I found this howto for pxe booting a Ubuntu live CD. PXE booting is really handy because it makes diagnosis and installation faster. The Ubuntu Live CD (or any linux boot CD really) is really handy for troubleshooting systems or doing maintenance work. Serial redirection over the network is really nice because you can see a remote system's console from anywhere on the internet.

At work we have lots of systems that use serial console redirection, and booting a normal Ubuntu CD to these systems won't display the console. So then I read howto build a custom ubuntu boot disk. And the result is a custom iso that you can use for your systems that have a redirected serial console. Now you can PXE boot all your systems :-).

Download ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386-serial-custom.iso (706 MB, sha1=830c6e416d41f6a7cf64f4da691a4feb8036f032)


Hi thanks for this: very helpful.

It seems however the link is broken. Searching there produces

Kind regards

Thanks very much. I updated the link.

Could you describe what steps you did to get a redirected serial console on a live cd (well, USB in my case) to work? When I put text nosplash console=ttyS0,115200n8 on the boot config line, it sends all the bootup info to the serial port, but not the actual shell.

If I recall correctly,the only thing left to do is edit /etc/inittab and append:
T1:23:respawn:/sbin/getty -L ttyS0 115200 vt102 This serial console redirection howto might also help.

Update: this is the best Ubuntu serial console reference.