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I have created a usb version of the HP Smart Start boot CD using a utility from HP's site.  I want to place my Windows ISO file on this usb drive for installation.  The only directory that the smart start recognizes is a directory called /mnt.

Where is this /mnt directory located?
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by:Brad Howe
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Literally where you say it is

# cd /mnt

For example.

Download HP SmartStart CD.
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-c67d2d65f71c4cd182b37def5a

# unzip smartstart-8.60-0-x64.zip
   - This extracts ISO
# mount -o loop SS860.2010_0909.41-x64.iso /mnt
   - This mounts the ISO to /mnt
# /mnt/autorun
   - To execute OR a simple REBOOT

Essentially, in your case you Mount the USB Drive to /mnt :)

http://h50146.www5.hp.com/products/software/oe/linux/mainstream/bin/support/doc/general/mgmt/smartstart/v840/x86/README.linux.txt


Cheers,
Hades666
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So you are saying the root of my USBkey is /mnt?

If so, this is what I assumed and when I place my Windows iso image in that directory, it is now being seen.  Here is a layout of the key as it is and bootable.   smartstart USB
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BTW, I am not using CD/DVD to boot the serv but rather a USB key formatted and loaded with all of the smart start files.
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by:Brad Howe
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If that was your mount point. For example.

Plug in your Key. Make sure server loads it.

[root@localhost mnt]# fdisk -l  <Find the USB /dev device
[root@localhost mnt]# cd /mnt/
[root@localhost mnt]# ls /mnt/ < may have folders. not a big deal.
[root@localhost mnt]# mount /dev/sda* /mnt  <were /dev/sda IS YOUR USB KEY.
Reboot

Cheers,
Hades666
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Would work if there was command line.  But when you use GUI for the smart start, it does not give you that option.  That's why I was hopingto figure out what the physical location is that is mounted so when I place the ISO there, it will recognize it

Smart Start Screen cap
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Did you change the path in that last screenshot and look around?  Judging by your mouse icon it looks like you can type in that field, and also the folder with ".." will take you up 1 directory in the filesystem.
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Arrghh! Tried that too and you cannot type into that field.
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What about clicking that folder?
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It takes me to the root of some directory and I don't know where that is.
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go to shell and type

# mount

It will list all your current mount points.

-Hades666
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It takes me to the root of some directory and I don't know where that is.
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If I knew what the physical path to this mount directory is, I would simply place my ISO file there and be off to the races.
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The phyiscal place for that /mount is /mount. There is no trickery there...

Do you have an SHELL access to the server?

-Hades666
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No shell.

So when I place this usb key in my win7 workstation, and browse the fat32 file system on it, where is this /mount directory located. If I place me iso file in it, then the smart start linux boot media should now be able to read it, no?

I can't even view the root or other directories on the usb key in the smart start directory browser.
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