Re: Automatic Installation of Debian Systems
Christian Langner wrote:
Thank you for your fast response.
I know there is Systemimager and FAI for Debian-Linux.
I`m wanted to know, if there are another tools and what are the advantages
and disadvantages of these programs.
For example, FAI has security holes. Why is this problem not fixed yet? I
don`t know. But in our environment, we want to have good software without
So, thank you very much for your time and help.
Well Christian, I haven't really ever used FAI before. But I can give
you some information on SystemImager. It is basically a very well
configured 'rsync' script. It basically just rsyncs your
"golden-client"'s filesystem to your image server, while not rsyncing
some directories like /dev and others (I don't remember exactly).
So that way, you have the entire filesystem of the client on your server
and you can chroot to it and do other thing, which I think are useful.
You have to be careful though, since anyone can connect to the rsync
port of your server when it is running, but this can be alleviated with
the "systemimager-ssh" package and also only running the systemimager
service when it is required.
There is no file compression used with systemimager, but I think of that
more as a feature rather than a bug, since you can directly modify the
filesystem if need be.
Other people on this list probably know a lot more about systemimager
and they will probably post more, so I hope you get the right help.
Good luck in your endeavours, regardless of which program you choose.
Electrical Engineering Sysop
Brigham Young University, UT-84602