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9 March 2006 - 8:02am
Submitted by: spond
If, for example, ZEN7 came on 2 DVDs instead of lots of CDs, is there anyone out there today who’d be unable to install it? It’s something that’s being considered…
Submitted by Stuart Beckett (not verified) on 9 March 2006 - 9:47am.
As long as the images are also able to be downloaded for the CDs that should not be a problem. We are mounting the ISOs on the server or unzipping them to the workstation to run the installs.
Submitted by David Rickard (not verified) on 10 March 2006 - 4:57am.
Oh God yes please! DVDs would be fantastic! Having to download and burn all those CDs is a right pain. To just have one or two disks would be so good.
Submitted by Jon Strickland (not verified) on 10 March 2006 - 1:42pm.
Are these single layer or dual layer DVDs? If they are dual layer then there should be enough room to squeeze the CDs on there in ISO format.
Submitted by T.J. Schmitz (not verified) on 10 March 2006 - 1:52pm.
Definitely - CDs are so 1990s. Our new minimum server and desktop standards include DVD drives. I'd even take it a step further and make it standard to have an DVD .iso available for those of us who get software via downloads. I'm on an SLA, and I can't imagine I'm the only one who rolls his own DVDs from the CD iso files.
Submitted by Jon Strickland (not verified) on 10 March 2006 - 2:27pm.
I need to clarify my first post. When I said "squeeze the CDs on there in ISO format" I meant IN ADDITION to having the software on there so that we can install directly from the DVDs if we wanted to. Juggling 12 .iso files that total over 5 GB takes a bit of time. Granted that would be necessary for those who only have servers with CD drives.
Novell Technical Subscriptions already provides ZEN7 on 2 DVDs but only the ISO files are on them, 9 ISOs on DVD 1 and 3 ISOs on DVD 2. Hopefully the "product version" of ZEN 7 will come on two dual layer DVDs so those of us who have servers with DVD drives have a choice when installing ZEN 7. The less hoops we have to jump through to get the software loaded the better.
David if your servers aren't tight on disk space you don't have to burn the CDs. As Stuart mentioned you can copy the ISOs up to the server and mount them.
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There are ways to accomplish the same thing on other platforms just google "mount iso" and you'll find several different methods.
Submitted by Heath Upton (not verified) on 19 April 2006 - 3:28am.
I always mount ISOs directly using a virtual CD/DVD device driver. Works perfectly and saves time having to burn to CD/DVD media. Also, if you're doing a lot of work with VMware, having a stack on ISOs on your hard disk is the way forward.
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