FAI (fully automatic installation) is a non-interactive system to install a Debian GNU/Linux operating system on a group of PCs or a Linux cluster. After installation, the systems are fully configured and ready to run. It is a scalable method for performing unattended installation and updating. Changes to the configuration files of the operating system are made by cfengine, shell, and Perl scripts.
|Tags||Clustering/Distributed Networks Installation/Setup Systems Administration|
|Operating Systems||POSIX Linux|
|Implementation||Perl Unix Shell|
Release Notes: A bunch of bugs were fixed. This release is ready to go for Debian squeeze and can also be used with Debian lenny. It supports the installation of CentOS and Scientific Linux Cern using an adjusted config space.
Release Notes: Fixes were made for Ubuntu and upstart. Many fixes and enhancements were made for setup-storage. Installation was made faster by using a ramdisk.
Release Notes: Now it's very easy to set up a FAI install server for i386 on a host running AMD-64 and vice-versa. Many bugs were closed, including many improvements in setup-storage. Automatic tests are now supported. There is support for apt keys using files named package_config/*.asc. Debian geo mirrors are used in the default configuration. The fai-guide is now written in AsciiDoc.
Release Notes: There are many changes in the templates and example scripts. This release has kernel 2.4.20 support, uses a stand alone script for defining classes, and more.
Release Notes: The default name for the FAI kernel-image package has changed to kernel-image-2.2.20_fai1_i386.deb, since the package fai-kernel >=1.4 contains install kernels which support both the BOOTP and DHCP protocol A wrong symlink for rcS_fai has been fixed. id_dsa* and id_rsa* files are copied in make-fai-nfsroot. use strict is enabled in the Perl scripts. "append ip=dhcp" has been added to pxelinux.cfg/default. There are minor changes in packages_config files. The setup_harddisks default filesystem type has changed from auto to ext2.