FAI CD: The Easy Way to Start With FAI

FAI ISO large   (1.2 GB)       The default image. Includes all packages for XFCE and GNOME but only the basefiles for CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 20.04


FAI ISO small   (674 MB)       Only the XFCE packages are included. Other packages and basefiles are downloaded from the internet.


FAI ISO Ubuntu   (1.3 GB)       This image only installs Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. All packages are included.


Autodiscover CD   (38 MB)       Boot only image which autodiscovers the FAI server.

All installation images use Debian 11 aka bullseye, FAI 5.10.3, kernel 5.10, amd64 architecture, sha256sum.asc of the ISO's. The can boot from CD/DVD or USB stick with legacy BIOS or UEFI.

If none of the ISOs fit your needs, use the FAI.ME build service. This also supports Debian 10 (oldstable) with a backports kernel and Debian 11.

FAI on a USB stick

You can write the ISO image onto a USB stick using the command dd(1):
dd if=faicd64-large_5.10.3.iso of=/dev/sdX
and replace /dev/sdX with the name of your USB device (e.g. /dev/sdf).

Short description for the FAI CD images

  • These installation images can install Debian 11 (XFCE and GNOME), Ubuntu 20.04 and CentOS 8, without the need of an install server
  • No network is needed and you can install the whole system from the installation media.
  • You can set up your own FAI install server using this installation media.
  • You can select from a simple menu which distribution to install
  • After the installation the account demo with the password fai is available.
  • The root password is also fai.
  • The system will be installed to the first disk. All data on the disk will be deleted.
  • All log files from the installation can be found in /var/log/fai/localhost/last/
  • Look at the fai-cd slideshow! Showing a complete installation from CD

Debian Live ISO created by FAI


Live CD   (550 MB)     using Debian 11 (bullseye), documentation

Sat, 17 Apr 2021 22:45:33 +0200