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Re: Chroot Debian

Dean Montgomery wrote:
We are currently managing around 50 Terminal Servers, each terminal server is running RedHat. The terminal servers have been heavily customized and hacked. Each of the 50 Terminal Servers can have anywhere from 30 to 60 thin clients attached.

We decided to install Debian in a chroot environment on each of these servers in order to minimize disruptions. We chose debian because it is relatively easy to keep up-to-date.

What will be the easiest way to keep all 50 Debian Chroot environments up-to-date?

Should we create a base image then copy that image to the remote servers?
Is there a way to set a cron job to auto-update the chroot environments?
Is there a way to have one "aptitude" type interface that will interact with all 50 servers simultaniously?

In other words what will be the easiest and most efficient way to maintain these Debian chroot environments. I wiould like to try to avoid manually logging in and running aptitude 50 times at each school inorder to install/upgrade packages.


I have managed a 10 workstation lab pretty easily with systemimager.

You can even set it to run as a cron job.  That way, you keep one
install up to date (the golden client) and then replicate it across
the rest.  Very basic stuff.

As a possible second solution, set up a local apt-proxy and then if
you choose to update your machines through an apt-get cron job, every
package request after the first only goes across your local network.

-Roberto Sanchez

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