Install OS from scratch
Is it possible to install an operating system on a host from scratch like the COBBLER tool does ?
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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Puppetlabs provides a tool for this purpose called 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.
Asked: 2013-10-19 15:09:30 -0500
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Last updated: Oct 21 '13