[et-mgmt-tools] Cobbler & inherited profiles

Aaron Lippold lippold at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 15:58:17 UTC 2007

I'll take a look at it. I think the largest issue is going to be my
lack of python skills. Where in the code should I start?

This is going to be more of an issue for me soon because I just got my
ks file as perfect as I can until some bugs are fixed on code outside
my control.

I was told to make the testing 'caveman simple' so 'plug in the cd'
seems simple.


On 6/15/07, Michael DeHaan <mdehaan at redhat.com> wrote:
> Aaron Lippold wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > Is anyone working on the cobbler buildcd profile=x for 0.5.0? I know
> > that was talked about and if I can help then I'd like to.
> >
> > Aaron
> Not yet that I'm aware of.    I still think this would be great and
> you're welcome to start something.   Possibly some way to integrate with
> Revisor (though I'm not sure Revisor will be able to deal with
> RHEL4/5)?    See  http://revisor.fedoraunity.org/
> On a related subject -- I did know of one person looking at making a CD
> that would allow syslinux type PXE behavior without the need for DHCP
> blessed next-server, but that effort has apparently stalled.   I still
> think this would be great -- just build a CD image with a hard-coded
> value for the location of the TFTP server ("cobbler build-netboot-cd"),
> which would have the machine go out and PXE itself  without the need for
> PXE BIOS or a DHCP next-server entry.    For instance, if your company
> had a PXE server on your network you didn't like, usage of this CD would
> allow you to install baremetal (using full PXE menus) from your own
> internal cobbler server.   If no one else picks this up, I'll take a
> look at it somewhere down the pipe.
> I see there are existing floppy disk images that do this with the DHCP
> portion (for NICs that can't netboot), so all that seems required is
> hacking the DHCP parts out and allowing a config file (or equivalent) to
> specify the /tftpboot server -- so if you're sitting in your lab and
> office, you can network install off of an arbitrary cobbler server from
> bare metal without having to have the Cobbler server be blessed by
> DHCP.    This wouldn't even have to be something Cobbler specific but
> would be insanely useful.
> The non-network install CD/DVD thing is useful too.
> --Michael
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