These instructions document how to configure a workstation for use with Golem and other servers. You will need two computers: the workstations itself and a build computer capable of downloading and preparing materials to install on the workstation.

  1. Download the latest Fedora installer.
  2. Attach a USB thumb drive to the build computer. Run dmesg and observe the device name associated with the thumb drive. You should see a message which resembles [X] Attached SCSI removable disk. Here, X indicates that you can access the thumb drive through /dev/X
  3. Copy the Fedora installer image to the thumb drive by running dd if=Fedora-Everything-netinst-x86_64-30-1.2.iso of=/dev/X with root privileges. You should replace X with the correct name.
  4. After copying the Fedora installer image to the thumb drive, remove it from the build computer, and attach it to the workstation. Turn on the workstation.
  5. You should soon see a screen such as this:
Fedora 30

 Install Fedora 30
 Test this media & install Fedora


Press Tab to edit the installers parameters. Append the following to the end of the configuration line: ks=

  1. Eventually, the installer will present a menu that allows you to set the workstation’s root password. Press 7 and enter a password of your choosing twice.
  2. Enter b to begin the installation.
  3. Reboot the workstation after the installation completes.
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