This article described how to boot Ubuntu from a bootable CD without installing anything on the harddrive. It is meant for the many users of my script that described how to adjust the fan thresholds of a Dell PowerEdge.
Download Ubuntu and burn it on a CD. The latest version with 32-bit will do fine.
Boot from the CD and select “Try Ubuntu” (don’t install for obvious reasons). This allows you to try Ubuntu without installing anything. You can find more detailed instructions on the download page.
After Ubuntu booted, click on the Ubuntu button on the top left. A search menu as seen on the right should open.
Type “terminal” into the search box. Ubuntu should give you an icon for the corresponding application. Click on it to start the terminal.
You should now have a console prompt open. Type the following into the prompt to install the dependencies required for the script:
This should install the software necessary to query your server using IPMI. IPMI is a protocol for server management. See this link for more information regarding IPMI on Ubuntu.
That’s it! You can continue here: How to adjust the fan thresholds of a Dell PowerEdge.