[et-mgmt-tools] Cobbler features

Michael DeHaan mdehaan at redhat.com
Thu May 17 16:22:32 UTC 2007

Aaron Lippold wrote:
> Hi Miheal,
> These sound like great options! The moment the "create install CD/DVD"
> feature is ready I will be using it!! Thank you for being so open and
> responsive to us the lowly end user :).
> Question, you call it a 'netinstall cd' does that mean that the CD
> would or would not contain  the install packages? If not, could that
> be added as an option? i.e. cobbler --createcd-netinstall or
> --createcd-mediainstall ... myinstall.iso? I would guess adding the
> copy of the rpms from the repo would be a small bit of code.
Yeah, I think there is a need for both.    From what I'm told the later 
isn't incredibly complex either, and there
are some people that are already quite good at doing this who I can tap 
for advice.

When doing the non-net-install the kickstart files have to be managled a 
bit such that the source changes, and that
the tracking options in post don't occur, so the netinstall bit would 
probably happen first.
> I know I would use  both very heavily along with cobblers regular
> pattern. In some cases it might be easier just to walk and or mail a
> DVD to some places. Distributed group review of a system, testing
> that's just 'plug in the cd and then run your tests, etc.
> Thanks again!
> Aaron
> On 5/16/07, Michael DeHaan <mdehaan at redhat.com> wrote:
>> Based on recent list activity, and a talking with everyone at Summit and
>> IRC, here's my list of the top 4 things I'd like to see added to cobbler
>> in the near term:
>> -- Virt support for deploying additional virt types
>>     KVM, etc
>>     Fullvirt Xen
>> -- Extend the repo management code to deal with older non-yum content
>> (RHN), like mrepo can do, such that running mrepo as a seperate tool for
>> older distros is not required.
>> -- Build a netinstall CD from cobbler for environments that don't do
>> PXE.    Tie the CD to a specific profile (or better, eventually, provide
>> a boot menu).   Lots of folks need baremetal provisioning and due to
>> aspects beyond their control can't use PXE.
>> -- Support either om_shell or DNSMasq, to avoid the dhcp reload wait
>> time when manage_dhcp is enabled and systems are updated.   (Some folks
>> I believe are looking at both of these?)
>> If there's something you'd like to see added feature-wise, I'd be glad
>> to hear ideas.
>> --Michael
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