LinuxPlanet: Rolling Out Unattended Debian Installations (Part 1)

“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


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