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Re: New to RH Satellite server and Kickstart

IMHO, you should be aiming for fully-automated installations whenever possible.

Using a templating system, like Cobbler's, you can share one kickstart template among various systems, add the system network information into Cobbler, and cobbler will build out the per-system kickstarts for you automatically.

In cobbler, this is as simple as:
cobbler system add --name=foo --mac=AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF --ip= --subnet=.... and in the template you can reference things like $ip_address and so on automatically there is also a web interface available for setting this up if you don't like the command line.

It can also help you manage your DHCP and PXE configurations if you want to do that.

  - is there some documentation/examples/helper scripts to get a this
nicely done?
It's kind of spread out, but start here:


The templating system is described here:

https://fedorahosted.org/cobbler/wiki/KickstartTemplating (warning, this reads a bit scarier than it actually is)


- is cobbler supporting/integrating with the satellite server

Cobbler plays nicely with Satellite. You can use Cobbler with Satellite/RHN very easily if you want to.

All you have to do is call rhnreg_ks (or is it rhn_regks, I forget) in %post so that the systems you install get
registered to RHN.

satellite is clunky, horrible to learn and just plain expensive - cobbler on the other hand is brilliant and once you get used to it adding new distros or profiles and syncing boxes to those profiles is a breeze. Users can also rebuild their own boxes using koan if so desired.

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