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asked 2013-10-19 15:09:30 -0500

santo.suy gravatar image

Is it possible to install an operating system on a host from scratch like the COBBLER tool does ?

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kickstart with PXE provides very good way to install the operating system. However puppet does not take part in this procedure.

rahul khengare gravatar imagerahul khengare ( 2013-10-21 04:09:18 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-10-19 19:26:24 -0500

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updated 2013-10-20 23:19:39 -0500

Short answer: puppet by itself can not.

Longer answer: puppet combined with other projects can take a blank, powered off server, all the way to running & fully configured.

There are several bare metal provisioners. Two popular ones:

Vagrant is a tool that starts a VM in virtual box. (it can be configured to spin up vmware and openstack instances too). Vagrant VM's are only intended to be temporary, testing VM's and should not be used long term.

The Foreman can do bare metal provisioning by leveraging pxe. It is typically used in production environments.

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Do you think that Vagrant provides any advantages over the cloud provisioner?

Ancillas gravatar imageAncillas ( 2013-10-19 21:01:10 -0500 )edit

I've updated the answer. Basically you can use both provisioners together because they have different strengths. One isn't better than the other

spuder gravatar imagespuder ( 2013-10-20 23:20:29 -0500 )edit
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answered 2013-10-21 14:44:45 -0500

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Puppetlabs provides a tool for this purpose called razor:

https://github.com/puppetlabs/Razor

The idea is to let your servers pxe boot every single time and razor determines whether they are meant to be provisioned or not. If not, it just boots into the installed OS.

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