How do you automate fai installations?
ryans at aweber.com
Thu Jan 8 18:04:44 CET 2009
Adrian Gibanel Lopez wrote:
> How do you automate fai installations? :)
> It seems like a loop or a joke: automate an automatic installation ;).
> I mean what's the normal use of FAI in a lab? You run something like:
> fai-setup -v
> and then
> fai-chboot -IFv specialhosts*
> You reboot manually? the computers and let them install.
> Three hours later you come back to the lab where it says in every computer:
> Press ENTER to reboot
> You then run:
> fai-chboot -ov specialhosts*
> You press enter in each of the computers as fast as you can and finally
> you overview that one or two computers boot as expected.
> This is what it happens to me after reading the FAI guide and testing it
> in some virtual machine's install clients.
> Is it the way to go? Am I missing something?
> Do you perhaps run: fai-chboot -IFv specialhosts*, (re)boot all the
> computers, and then (after all the kernels have been loaded) run:
> fai-chboot -ov specialhosts* but SOMETHING THAT I DO NOT KNOW makes the
> install clients reboot automatically?
> Thank you.
I hate to say it, but RTFM. For automatic reboots:
FAI renames the PXE configs to <hash>.disable, so they don't PXE boot
the next go-around.
If each machine is identical, expect identical behavior. If they differ
in chipsets, hardware, etc, you need to make sure all the necessary
drivers/modules are present in intird/nfsroot/etc.
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