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RHEL/CentOS FTP Installation

As the first step of creating FTP installation server, create a directory under /var/ftp/pub. Let say CentOS-5.2. Copy all CD/DVD contents to the created directory.

  • mkdir -p /var/ftp/pub/CentOS-5.2

Then locate vsftpd configuration file.

  • vim /etc/vsftpd/vsftpd.conf – There …..

anonymous_enable=YES -> will give anonymous access to vsftp
local_enable=YES -> will allow access to local user’s
xferlog_file=/var/log/vsftpd.log -> will create separate log file for vsftp. Once done save the file.

  • service vsftpd restart -> will restart the vsftd service. vsftpd set up should be OK by now.

Next boot the system from boot CD/DVD. Select the Language , keyboard , installation method. Choose FTP for the installation method. Choose static OR DHCP under TCP/IP configuration.

NOTE :- If you choosing DHCP, you should have DHCP server in place already. I will be discussing steps involved in a DHCP server setup in a separate post. So watch out. 🙂

Under the FTP setup ->
FTP site name: – type the IP address of the server. -> WRONG FORMAT
CentOS/RHEL directory:pub/CentOS-5.2 – give the path relative to the /var/ftp directory
/var/ftp/pub/CentOS-5.2 -> WRONG FORMAT

In the vsftp.conf if you have set -> anonymous_enable=NO
Then in the FTP setup, check the “Use non-anonymous ftp” and provide the authentication information for the user.

If everything went right system should start the installation by now.  🙂

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