OT: Thoughts on automated RE-deployment?

Bas van der Vlies basv at sara.nl
Sun Oct 7 05:01:28 CDT 2007


   Maybe this a solution for you:
    -   https://subtrac.sara.nl/oss/pxeconfig

It also contains an example for a pxe menu config. When i computer  
boot it will display a pxe-menu. to choose what
you want, eg:
   - memtest
  - use kickstart to install a node
  - use systemimager to install a node
  - use ghost setup


On Oct 5, 2007, at 9:47 PM, Ray Van Dolson wrote:

> Hello all, we're working with PE 1955s (blades) and have run into a
> situation where the users of these blades often need to re-image them;
> either with a flavor of Linux or a flavor of Windows.
> Up until now we've been using Symantec's Ghost Console for this and  
> the
> requests have been for purely Windows so the user could simply connect
> to the Ghost Server and instruct the already running machine to
> re-image itself with whichever image they needed.  Very handy.
> Throwing Linux into the mix however complicates things as there is no
> Symantec Ghost Console client.
> Another admin here has cobbled together some scripts that the user can
> run by hand on their machine to modify either grub.conf or boot.ini,
> reboot to Ghost and re-image the machine.  This works but is a bit
> kludgy and requires a lot of setup time.
> We'll be putting in place more of these types of setups so we want to
> find an "elegant" solution if possible.
> I know Dell has deployment tools but I am curious if anyone has any
> experience tackling an automated _redeployment_ (driven by an end  
> user)
> scenario.  We're not afraid of doign some coding/configuring and our
> users are savvy enough to not necessarily need a glitzy GUI.
> I thought perhaps SystemImager might do the trick, but it doesn't
> appear to play nice with Windows.
> Any pointers?  If not, we'll probably look to streamline our home- 
> grown
> script-based solution.  I've also prodded Symantec about adding a  
> Linux
> client, and while they have expressed interest in doing so, I imagine
> it won't be anytime soon.
> Thanks,
> Ray
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Bas van der Vlies
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