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Re: "kickstart" for debian needed

I agree that something like this is needed badly in Debian.

However... considering there has been so much hassle over the boot floppies
alone, i doubt there will be much chance a kickstart-like proggie will make
it in.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Duane Powers" <duane@pbi.net>
To: <debian-isp@lists.debian.org>
Cc: <justin@uberlan.net>
Sent: Wednesday, 28 March, 2001 1:58 PM
Subject: "kickstart" for debian needed

> Ok all,
> I've talked upper management into rolling out linux as the primary
> OS/workstation for the members of our NOC (we're a major ISP). Now I'm
> faced with installing
> 30+ similar machines with debian, life sucks, eh? :o)
> I'm considering dd as one alternative, but that's kinda bulky 'cuz it
> requires physically removing each hard drive installing in "parent" and
> imaging... I've looked at things like
> ghost, but that doesn't seem to be an option... I know we've had this
> discussion on the list before... I don't know if anyone has the details
> on redhat's kickstart program,
> and whether that is something that could be ported to debian... Any
> suggestions?
> A couple of the parameters I need to consider,
> Most (of our) engineers are not linux-compliant.
> Need centralized login, (can't use NIS+, we've already got a NIS+ system
> for Solaris... don't wanna confuse the issue,)
> May need to be reinstalled occassionally due to high tech network
> engineers hosing
> various applications (these are going to be workstations, not servers...
> accessed frequently by different users... stuff will get broken)
> Any helpful hints, or experience will be appreciated very much.
> Duane Powers
> Senior Systems Engineer II
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