I'm setting up a large software RAID array using MDADM, and don't want to waste a drive bay on a system disk. Unfortunately, the server I'm working with has trouble booting from a USB drive, so I'm attempting a workaround.
- provides support for SW-RAID (mdadm) and LVM out of the box
- boot with 'grml ssh=passw0rd' -> a ssh server will be automatically started for remote access using the specified 'passw0rd' for user 'grml'
- if a device with label GRMLCFG is present (e.g. your USB drive) it will be automatically mounted and for automating tasks you can use a simple script named 'grml.sh' on it (which will be automatically executed if it's present)
- the tool grml-terminalserver provides easy setup of booting via network/PXE (if booting via CD/USB/... isn't an option for whatever reason)
- bootoption 'bootfrom=/dev/...' allows you to even mix booting from CD with USB :)