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Linux.com: Kickstarting Linux Client Installs

Dec 01, 2003, 06:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jerald Sheets)

"The hospital where I work as a systems administrator recently decided to migrate all its desktops away from Windows and onto Linux. After testing various distributions, we chose to deploy a kickstart server serving Red Hat Linux 9.0 to facilitate network installations.

"All the desktop users are Unix-savvy, and already had reason to have elevated privileges on our production systems (DBAs, applications administrators, etc.), so allowing users root access to their own machines was not an issue.

"Since processing power on the part of the server isn't paramount, I utilized a small Pentium II machine that used to be a documentation server. It had a 20GB hard drive and half a gig of RAM installed, which was more than enough for our purposes. I installed Red Hat 9.0 using the Server Installation, allowing the install routine to auto-partition the disk, and selected the services I might use..."

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