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automated linux deployment and config management at small scale - is it worth it?

i'm about to deploy ~25 servers running debian. machines will have different roles - web servers, java appservs, proxies, mysql boxes. environment will probably not grow much in the future - maybe 2-5 ...
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How to get HTTP preseed to work correctly on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid)?

Installation media: ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso I tried a lot of different boot parameters, but either the installer ignored the preseed configuration, or it boot itself directly as LiveCD. An ...
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How do you answer yes for yum install automatically

In centos how do you answer yes automatically for yum install so that it is an unassisted install?
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Using virt-install and http preseed to do unattended ubuntu 10.04 install

The virt-install command line I used is below sudo virt-install kvm ubuntu -v sudo virt-install -v -n golden-egg -r 256 --disk path=/var/lib/libvirt/images/golden-egg.qcow2,size=5 --os-type ...
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Starting managed Windows deployment

I want to start providing managed Windows XP images to my users, however I've only done this with Linux servers, and I'm unsure of where to begin. Ideally, I want to start buying machines in groups, ...
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How should applications be developed for easy deployment?

I work for a company that deliver distributed control systems for various industries. We find that IT Admin skills vary to a great degree both in terms of skills and interest. We have everything from ...
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How to do an automated installation of Ubuntu on 100 Remote machines?

Help!  I desperately need some advice / help... I want an automated install (via CD or USB) of Ubuntu 10.04 ...on 100 remote machines located all over the country, using a Kickstart configuration ...
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Scripted install of Sun Java JDK on Ubuntu 9.04

We are trying to script the install of the sun jdk on Ubuntu 9.04 and have it automatically accept the license agreement. I have seen something around the net about creating a file that the package ...
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Unable to force Debian to do unattended install… libc6 wants interactive confirm

I'm trying to create a script that forces a Debian Lenny install to install the latest version of CRAN R. During the install it appears libc6 is upgraded and the install wants interactive confirm that ...
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Automate proftpd-basic install on ubuntu using apt-get

I'm trying to build a shell script to automate the installation of several packages onto an Ubuntu 10.04 server, and I'm having problems with proftpd-basic. I'm using the command line apt-get -qy ...
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debian fully automatic install

I'm looking into booting up into FAI from a CD (I don't want to setup a PXE boot server). Is it possible to have FAI boot from a CD and use the mac address to determine what to install without having ...
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How to make my very own ubuntu minimal install?

I have made a complete application solution built on top of ubuntu. Now that I have this ready; i'm looking to make my very own install of ubuntu (the smallest footprint possible with only the very ...
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Automating install of several applications

I'm trying to discover a reliable way of bundling several applications that may use different installer software (InstallShield, MS installer Service, Wise, etc) and automating installation of them ...
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Create kickstart configuration file from existing configuration

Is there a script or another way to automatically generate a kickstart configuration file from the system state of an existing server so that the file can be use to replicate (not clone) the ...
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How to automate driver installation from .exe

I need to create an image which upon its first boot detects the graphics card type and installs the appropriate drivers before taking the next steps. This means I need to automate the installation ...
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Is VMware's vmtar utility open-source?

So I've bumped up against some .vgz archives in VMware ESXi 4.1, which I've gathered to be specialized gzipped tar archives. This post has some info. These files can be manipulated using the ...
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Automatic install of software in Windows XP

I have to install many user's computer with WinXP and some useful software. It's a bit boring to click on "Next" and "Yes" each time I install something. Is there any script (or command line) that ...
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Unattended Install of Windows using Powershell and Hyper-V

Is this possible? I have a script that gets up to the point of Installing Windows Server 2008. However it gets up literally to the "Click Next......etc etc..." and I want to be able to integrate this ...
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Determine the name of a feature in an MSI to install from the command line

I am trying to install an application (SalesLogix 7.2 Admin Tools and Servers) from an MSI package, but only want to install a particular feature. How can I determine the feature name so I can try ...
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Install .msi from script, detect when install is done

I'm trying to make an install script. I want to install an .msi file, Python, and then install other things after Python is installed. I already see how to do a command-line install. However, msiexec ...
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Looking for an automated method to install and configure SNMP on servers

I have an enviornment with 30 Windows servers (Server 2003 and a few 2008 systems). We are now looking at monitoring solutions, but the first item that we need to accompilish is getting SNMP ...
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Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) with a raw Windows 2008R2 ISO

I am new to WAIK, and am trying to figure out how to build a WIM image from the Windows 2008 R2 ISO media. So far I have been unsuccessful in finding this information. Is this possible, and if so, ...
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Command to organize a Finder window

I'm building a packaged-based OS X image, and, with new software added, the Application's folder is a mess (with icons obscuring each other and things in disarray). I thought deleting the .DS_Store ...
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Ubuntu Server 12.04: How does one configure the firewall during installation?

I'm following instructions to automate the installation of Ubuntu Server 12.04 using kickstart. It works well for automatically partitioning the drives, selecting languages etc. However, it doesn't ...
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fully automated install of virtualbox tools in windows 7

I'm making an unattended install of windows. Part of it is installing virtualbox guest additions, which is run by the installer due to the following entry in Autounattend.xml: <?xml version="1.0" ...
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How to create a RHEL/CentOS boot media that automatically loads kickstart from the network?

I've build a local network where using DHCP, kickstart templating and local mirrors I can automate the installation of any RedHat-type operating system. It still requires me to go to the machine (or ...
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Where is the bare cygwin package list located and how do I manipulate it?

Where is the bare cygwin package list located and how do I manipulate it programmatically or from a shell or with a different method than the gui? I know the gui (setup.exe), and I'd love to go one or ...
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Windows 2012 Autounattend still asking about disk configuration

I'm a huge fan of automation and so on, so having the ability to do this is kinda important. In this instance, we're naming the file Autounattend.xml, putting it in the root of the boot disk, and ...
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Debian-Installer: how to preseed a lenny (oldstable) installation?

I had a perfectly fine running installation process for virtual machines based on an instalinux CD, creating Debian 5 lenny VMs within minutes. The preseed file ensures installation of puppet, which ...
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How to install an MSI package from a command prompt

We have several web sites that we deploy using an MSI package. One package per website. This works fine manually: we go into the control panel uninstall the old version then run the MSI, filling ...
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What is the best way to install .NET 3.5 on all machines on the network?

I am a developer and I would like to upgrade a client's application to .NET 3.5. This means .NET 3.5 needs to be installed on every computer on the network that is going to use this application. The ...
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On Windows how can I prevent login until a software package has been installed?

I have an MSI which is configured for machine level installation because it is a device driver. I can deploy it via Active Directory and Group Policy just fine. However on a newly booted machine a ...
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FreeBSD 9 unattended installation: how to perform?

That is, like you do with kickstart on Redhat or autoyast in SuSE or jumpstart in Solaris? The OS docs do not seem to answer that simple question.
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How to configure almost 3 dozen laptops quickly

I need to configure almost 3 dozen laptops. We need half of them to have different IP addresses. Would configuring one laptop and then ghosting the rest be the fastest way to do this or is there a ...
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Install Automation across *nix + Windows

Am looking at Puppet and Cfengine. Unfortunately neither can do Windows deployments. Can you suggest some alternatives? Thank you.
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Remote Windows 7 Imaging

Over the next few months I will have the need to image windows laptop with our customized windows image. Normally WDS is fantastic for this, but these laptops (30-60 at a time) could pop up anywhere ...
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Remote deployment of OS X as an full version upgrade, not a fresh install

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions (or know if its even possible) to remote upgrade a fleet of Macs from 10.6.8 to 10.7,10.8, or 10.9 remotely. I presume I can push the installESD through ARD, but I ...
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InstallShield Silent Installation

I am attempting to put together a package for the silent (no user interaction) install and uninstall of an application using InstallShield. I did not create this application and don't have access to ...
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Suppress chrome's first-time dialog on linux

I'm trying to install google chrome using puppet on a bunch of linux machines (SLES 12) and I don't want any dialogs that the user has to answer before they can start browsing. This is mainly because ...
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MDT Install Error

I have recently imaged a machine, and I have got this error when it gets to the installing OS stage - windows could not display the images available for installation I've never come across this ...
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Remote reinstallation of Scientific Linux

I am trying to have a server used for a test platform configured such that it can be easily rebooted and reinstalled with our test OS, so that we can consistently get a clean environment to work with. ...
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How do I automate an MSI install on a Server 2003 box?

I have about 20 applications that need to be run in a specific order. I want to script them so that I can do this remotely. Each one of the applications has a Setup.exe and an MSI. I was hoping just ...
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Cannot seem to get Ubuntu Kickstart and preseed to cooperate with partitioning

I am trying to set up a minimal installation for some Ubuntu 12.04 workstations where I can pop in a CD-ROM, hit enter a couple times, and have it build me a ready-made system for imaging and ...
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How can I install a system with apt-get without ncurses configuration screens?

I wrote a BASH script for doing an unattendend install on an ARM based Debian system. One of the packages being installed is samba. I added apt-get -y install samba into my setup routine, but ...
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Creating an unattended Windows Server deployment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Perform an Unattended Install of Server 2008? I'm new to unattended deployments and would like to create a script to do the following: Install of Windows Server 2008 ...
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start linux installation from a linux

Need to network install ubuntu/centos after preparing RAID/BIOS/Firmware. Right now, a machine first boots into a tiny linux kernel(resides in memory) and run scripts handling all the above hardware ...
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Automation of installations

Is there an affordable program which will automate the installation of applications? I am looking for something that will work with Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 so that I can automate installations of VM ...
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Install software on a remote machine?

I posted this question to SO, but I'm really not sure whether it should go SO or ServerFault, so I'm posting it here too. Here's the question: Hey SO Gus, This might seem like a dump question, but ...
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Automating the creation of SQL servers

VMWare has a tool called vFabric Data Directory which allows you to automate building SQL, Postgress and Oracle servers using VMWare. Is there something simular to this that will work for Hyper-V? I ...
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What are the benefits of using Puppet and Foreman in deploying virtual machines?

I am new in using virtualization technologies. I have read about Puppet and Foreman. If I am not mistaken, these software are used to automate the process of installing and configuring servers, for ...