Today I used the Windows Notepad to save a text file onto my Debian server, thinking that I'd be able to view it easily using vi. But when I tried to do so, every line ended with an "^M". Those "^M"s are newline characters. Windows and Linux use different newline characters, so in order to have a Windows text document display properly in Linux, some conversion is needed.
I often have trouble when creating my own scripts to be run by
cron on Linux servers. On most of the servers that I administer, I use a homegrown backup script (based on these excellent instructions) that I place in /etc/cron.daily.
Back at the ALP office and therefore back to work on netbooting. After making sure that TFTP was up and running, I moved on to downloading the netbootable OS that I'll be using on my network.
* downloaded sysprep - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/838080
* found these instructions: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457067.aspx?SA_CE=VIR-MAP-W...
* extracted setupmgr, sysprep and setupcl from the cab file that i downloaded
* used setupmgr to create sysprep.inf file - automates some of the setup like registration number, computer name, owner and company name, time zone, network config, etc
* ran sysprep GUI tool, chose "Use Mini-Setup" so that sysprep.inf will be used
* had to choose factory or reseal, so chose reseal
* sysprep worked, system shut down