[Novalug] Kickstart (was Re: Need some guidance)
Bryan J Smith
b.j.smith at ieee.org
Sun Nov 1 06:59:44 EST 2009
Just to provide more links on the subjet ...
Fedora Project Wiki page on Anaconda's [Py]Kickstart:
Fedora Hosted Cobbler/Koan:
More distro-release specific ...
Fedora 11 Installation Guide ...
- Section 9.4: Automating the Installation with Kickstart
- Chapter 10: Installing Without Media
- Chapter 11: Chapter 11. Setting Up an Installation Server (Cobbler)
- Chapter 13: Kickstart Installations
- Chapter 14: Kickstart Configurator (system-config-kickstart)
There are other chapters of interest as well (e.g., Chapter 12 covers
how Anaconda can launch a VNC session for an interactive, but headless
Red Hat EL Release 5 (based on Fedora Core 6) Installation Guide
- Part VI. Advanced Installation and Deployment
In addition to Chapters 28 and 29 that match Fedora's 13 and 14,
there is the legacy (pre-Cobbler/Koan -- e.g., pxeos and
system-config-netboot) Chapter 31 on PXE basics.
Cobbler/Koan _can_ be _easily_ used for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (EL).
The docs just pre-date its introduction. Cobbler/Koan is also
integrated into Spacewalk 0.4 and later. Red Hat Network 5.3 (RHN53x)
is based on Spacewalk 0.5. I believe the main "hosted" RHN
(rhn.redhat.com) is currently 5.1.2 (RHN512), but RHN Satellite Server
is available as 5.3.0 (RHN530) with Cobbler/Koan integrated for EL
release. It works with older EL versions as well -- i.e., Kickstart
profiles are kickstart profiles, PXE is PXE, etc...
P.S. The man behind Cobbler/Koan is Michael DeHann. If you ask
maintainers of _other_ distros who he is, they know him very well.
I.e., as typically the case with most maintainers employed by Red Hat,
they support _many_ distros, even if their ultimate focus is Red Hat
He's also probably the guy responsible for naming many projects of
Fedora (e.g., Spacewalk). If you ever have the chance to make a Red Hat
Summit / FUDCon, you want to meet him. Outstanding guy, and if you want
to see changes in core provisioning/deployment/management of
Fedora-based systems, he's one to pass your ideas to.
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