Cross platform FAI server

Russell Adams RLAdams at AdamsInfoServ.Com
Sat Jul 23 18:42:47 CEST 2005

I only need FAI to bootstrap new boxes and get them running
cfengine. My FAI installation ought to be fairly static, and cfengine
will take care of the rest.


On Fri, Jul 22, 2005 at 07:36:56AM +0200, Henning Sprang wrote:
> > --- Urspr?ngliche Nachricht ---
> > [...]
> >     > I like that idea. ;]
> >     > The previous suggestion on building on an x86 and then copying the
> > nfs
> >     > root would have required me to setup an x86 first and then migrate.
> > But you may have to make some change inside the nfsroot. Have a look
> > at etc/fai files inside the nfsroot.
> Hmm, and then this solution starts to get messy and not easily
> recoverable...
> Russel, if you are building a long term production system, and can afford to
> dedicate one (probably slightly older) machine to be used as the
> "nfsroot-creation server", I suggest to go for that. Then you can easily
> adjust the fai config for the creation of the nfsroot, recreate the nfsroot
> whenever you want, and you can even store your nfsroot configuration in some
> version control system, or even in fai itself, so when you want another
> machine to be the nfsroot-creation-server, you can easily install this with
> FAI.
> However, if you don't want to "waste" your time with manual installation of
> Debian on i386, then you can use the fai-cd for installing an i386 Debian
> System, install fai on it (or is there a class FAISERVER contained?), and be
> quickly ready for the creation of your i386 nfsroot.
> It would be really much cooler if debootstrap could do cross-architecture
> setup of a minimal debian system, but I have no idea how that could be done,
> apart from using qemu (and failed to talk to anthony towns about that in
> HEL).
> Henning
Russell Adams
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