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LinuxPlanet: Rolling Out Unattended Debian Installations (Part 1)

Dec 06, 2004, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"The next time you have a hankerin' to install a new batch of Debian machines, make it easy on yourself and use FAI (Fully Automatic Installation). FAI is a versatile, intelligent installer for performing mass unattended Debian installations. Use it to install clusters, server farms, classroom computer labs, or new LANs. An automatic installer has all kinds of possible uses:

  • "Fast installation after replacing a hard drive
  • "Fast setup for temporary installations, like trade shows, demonstrations, LAN parties, and such
  • "Quick re-format and re-installation at the start of new classes in school, so that students do not inherit the messes their predecessors created.
  • "Quick re-format and re-installation for new hires or temporary workers..."

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