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Re: Custom Installation for multiple machines

On Wednesday 25 Feb 2004 09:12, Chiu, PCM (Peter) wrote:
> Hi, Stuart,
> Have you also worked out how to clone a working system?
> I have tried kickstart before, but then found quite a few repetitive
> post installation tasks needed such as setting up user accounts, print
> queues,
> applying updates and other non RedHat software.
there is a %post section in your kickstart file that can do most of these 
things. It runs as a bash script, chrooted into your new / filesystem, before 
your sytem is rebooted.
useradd bob
echo "insecure" | passwd --stdin bob

rpm -Fvh ftp://server/pub/updates/*.rpm

rhnreg_ks --activationkey=....

you could conceivably set up the print queues in a similar way

> Peter
> -----Original Message-----
> From: redhat-list-admin redhat com [mailto:redhat-list-admin redhat com] On
> Behalf Of Stuart Sears
> Sent: 25 February 2004 08:56
> To: redhat-list redhat com
> Subject: Re: Custom Installation for multiple machines
> On Wednesday 25 Feb 2004 04:49, Ryan Golhar wrote:
> > Does anyone know of, or has anyone ever performed an installation of
> > linux that needs to be identical to multiple machines?
> >
> > We are setting up a linux lab and I would like to have the same
> > configuration and installation options for all the machines.  The only
> > difference would be their IP address and host names.  Is there an easy
> > way of doing this?
> >
> > Ryan
> kickstart from a central install server
> usually done by:
> 1) set up your install server
> copy the RedHat dir from all the CDs to /var/ftp/pub (for example) share
> /var/ftp/pub to the subnet you wish to install via NFS
> 2) create a kickstart file...
> you could do this the easy way (for beginners): install one machine the way
> you want them all to be.
> (a network install is probably the best bet) -
> boot with disk1, type linux askmethod at the prompt, choose NFS (or FTP, or
> HTTP, depending on how you shared your install tree) and then give the IP
> address and directory in which you put your 'RedHat' directory When it's
> finished you will find an 'anaconda-ks.cfg' file in /root this will contain
> all the instructions needed to duplicate your install on
> another machine. _except_ the partitioning, which will be commented out by
> default. You will need to uncomment and possibly edit this.
> 3) kickstart your other machines...
> either
> a) cp anaconda-ks.cfg  to a floppy and call it 'ks.cfg' (the name matters),
> boot from disk1 and type linux ks=floppy, with the floppy in the machine
> you're installling, OR
> b) stick the file on your install server and access it by http or ftp...
> e.g stick it on your installserver in /var/www/html (or whatever your
> DocumentRoot is set to) and make sure apache is running.
> then boot your client machine from disk one and type
> linux ks=http://your.servers.ip.address/yourkickstartfilename (here the
> name
> is entirely up to you...
> and all should function...
> Stuart
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