[clug] OS deployment server

Steve Walsh steve at nerdvana.org.au
Wed Dec 14 01:35:41 MST 2011

On 12/14/2011 01:48 PM, Mike Carden wrote:
> I have a handful of new Xeon servers that I want to set up with almost
> identical OS installations. The plan at this stage is to get one of
> them up, running and configured with Debian stable AMD64, then use its
> image to set up each of the others.
> Once upon a time I would have used Norton/Symantec Ghost for this. It
> would take an image of the working machine, then other machines could
> be booted from removable media and have the image copied to them
> across a network connection from the Ghost server.
> Can anyone suggest a Linux or FOSS equivalent to that sort of Ghost
> functionality?
> So far my web searching seems to suggest that Spacewalk
> [http://spacewalk.redhat.com/] *might* do what I want. Ideally it
> would be great to hear from someone who has used something like this
> recently.
> Ideas?

have you looked at FAI (Fully Automatic Installation)?

http://fai-project.org/ is what the Catalyst kids in uNZud use for their 
lab and system deployment, and it apparently is the ducks guts when it 
comes to rubber stamping out Debian and Ubuntu Installs.

Steve Walsh, RHCE
Some random guy who does things with linux and conference networks

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