Ease Linux Deployments With Cobbler

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Wed Sep 24 19:20:38 UTC 2008



" Cobbler is a new project from Red Hat that aims to provide turnkey 
support for provisioning kickstart installs and setting up the needed 
services to load your systems.

Cobbler supports new installations — both physical and virtual — and 
reinstalls of existing systems. Cobbler’s main use is to provide a 
network booting environment via PXE, but for reinstalls and virtual 
machines a client-side program called Koan helps out. If you are 
reinstalling a system, grub will be configured to boot the installation 
environment. If you are creating a virtual machine, Koan will configure 
and start the new instance. Koan can create Xen, KVM, and VMWare images, 
and you don’t need to worry about the details or differences between 
them. Cobbler includes both a Web GUI and a command line client to 
manipulate resources such as systems and profiles."


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