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Saving time & effort with m23 Linux deployment tool

May 07, 2011, 12:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia D. Rais Phd CS)

[ Thanks to Mark Rais for this link. ]

"In today's business environment it is also essential that m23 can manage both virtual and physical clients via network and the interface offers a number of options for doing so.

"Although reasonably equipped to integrate with Virtual environments, you still need to perform a few manual tweaks post installation to ensure it works with your specific VM context. When in need of graphical mode on virtual clients, m23 uses a modified VNC server integrated specifically to support the need for graphical output.

"Is it extensible? We wondered whether the m23 was extensible. The MDK (m23 Development Kit) is a powerful environment to adjust m23 to your needs, but it requires some substantive admin/dev skills. Not really intended for beginning admins, but then again we don't expect new Linux administrators to fiddle with core features out of the gate.

"However, for those well versed administrators, it is relatively straightforward adding to m23's functionality through the use of scripts. If in need, admins can even use m23 to build their own local package repositories to speed up client installation. RAID, SSL, LDAP and NFS are fully supported."

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