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Re: Kickstart config automation



We have developed a web based kickstart system that uses apache and
mod_python. It basically takes a Solaris jump start type file and turns
it into a kickstart. For instance to do a default install all I need is
a file that has the line "version default" and it spits out a full
kickstart with our default settings. Everything is very customizable and
can be adopted to work with most any version. We currently support Red
Hat Linux 9 and up.

More information can be found at:

	http://linux.ncsu.edu/projects/web-kickstart/index.phtml


Elliot Peele
Linux Systems Administrator - NCSU Physics
Realm Linux Developer - NCSU CLS
ebpeele2 pams ncsu edu


On Tue, 2004-01-20 at 15:37, Nick White wrote:
> I have a variety of user types, hardware types, and RedHat
> distributions that I'm responsible for and I need to add some more
> automation into my Kickstarts to make them "smarter" and to perhaps
> enable users to load there own machines.  I currently point to one of
> several kickstart configuration files on an NFS server, but
> maintaining many kickstart files is getting troublesome.
> 
>  
> 
> For example, if I need to start including a new package in new
> installs, I have to edit all of the kickstart files and add the
> package to the %package section.  I tried using an %include statement
> and point to files that contained my base package lists, but I didn't
> get it right.  Anaconda couldn't see the files I was referencing.  I
> tried mounting the remote filesystems in the %pre section, but it
> still didn't see them.  Anyway, that's just a example of how stupidly
> I'm doing things now.
> 
>  
> 
> I was intrigued by the idea that was brought up recently about using a
> CGI script to determine options.  How would you run the CGI?  Would
> you just do an HTTP GET from the %pre section and put the output in
> /tmp, then %include it?  How would you pass parameters to the CGI
> (could you pass them in at the "boot" prompt)?
> 
>  
> 
> Thanks in advance,
> 
> Nick
> 
>  
> 
> _________________________________
> 
> Nick White
> 
> Systems Engineer
> 
> Landmark Graphics Corp.
> 
>  
> 
> 




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