Cobbler is a network based provisioning tool for Linux systems.

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Cobbler 2.2.2 problems

I have setup a dedicated LAN for Cobbler tests. My setup is: Cobbler server: openSUSE 12.3, cobbler 2.2.2 (from openSUSE repos) Imported distros: Centos 6.5, Red Hat 6.5, Red Hat 7.0, openSUSE 13.1 ...
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get_profile_handle error with perl's xmlrpc::lite and satellite's cobbler

For some reason this attempt to get the cobbler profile, from Satellite, in order to modify it, fails. my $system_id = $server->get_profile_handle( $profile_name, $token )->result() or die ...
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Kickoff Ansible Playbook after Cobbler install

I am working on implementing Cobbler and Ansible to do our server deploys and am having one final issue. My Ansible playbook works great, my Cobbler install works great, but the issue is in tying them ...
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Spacewalk, Kickstart, Cobbler, PXE, Dnsmasq

I have installed a Spacewalk server. One of the final features I am trying to configure is Kickstart. I cannot seem to find any definitive documentation on how to set this up in a "real environment". ...
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How can I properly update Cobbler's distro_signatures.json to support SecurityOnion?

I am trying to install SecurityOnion (an xubuntu 12.04 based linux distrobution) using cobbler. I have followed the instructions here to get cobbler installed from source on Ubuntu 12.04. I have ...
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cobbler_web file does not exist

Having a weird issue with cobbler_web I'm trying to get the web interface working - I had some issues with the cobblerd instance, but found out the correct info. However now the web interface is no ...
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Variable Expansion in Cobbler kopts

In my environment I have large numbers of systems with two interfaces, one is used for system access and management and the other is used for network monitoring. They both are in a link-up state but ...
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Cobbler import of RHEL6 DVD doesn't seem to create yum repo

I setup cobbler (2.4.0) and imported the RHEL6.4 DVD. It copies all of the packages over to /var/www/cobbler/ks_mirror/RHEL6.4-x86_64. It even runs createrepo and loads the metadata, etc. So you ...
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How can I manually add packages to cobbler repo (RHEL/CENTOS)

So I have an air-gapped network. We primarily use RHEL, sometimes CentOS. I'm building a utility "cloud" that needs to be able to kickstart from bare metal, as well as provision vms and kickstart ...
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combine logical volumes and create RAID 10

I'm currently working to repurpose some machines...each machine has a serperate attached RAID that consists of two RAID 10s (for database binary and other log files). I would like cobbler to blow ...
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Running scripts during pxe build

I am trying to find a solution when deploying VMs and physical hosts using PXE where I can interact with a database to build a host or VM so I can manipulate the build process. An example of this ...
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How to deploy same stack+configuration to multiple server?

Currently I have 2 VPSes, setup and configured almost exactly like this, with some other minor Nginx configurations. I did it all manually I want to get few other VPSes and deploy the exact same ...
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non-PXE, non-DHCP cobbler media

I have a single DHCP scope for building systems in one site, and another site which doesn't (at least yet) have infrastructure for building systems using cobbler. Eventually I'd like to scale this ...
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Software to automate physical provisioning of GRUB, linux, windows, dualboot

Is there software that can help automate (or make it repeatable) setting up PC's or lab servers where the setup includes GRUB for bootloading multi-boot for Windows, Debian, CentOS, etc. I was ...
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Cobbler version control?

I'm using Cobbler to configure PXE boot for host installation. What are the cobbler components I should keep under version control so that I can review the specifics of a host installation? Changes ...
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How do I base a volume group name on the sytem's name in a cobbler kickstart template?

We normally use autopart for patitioning. However, it's default sizing logic does not match our needs (we want to limit the size of the home logical volume). When we try to manually partition the ...
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How do I set up PXE boot so that it failsover to another server when a MAC address is unrecognized?

We want to automate our OS installations. We currently have Linux and Windows boxes. We already use Cobbler for Linux installs with preliminary plans to use Windows Deployment Services for Windows. ...
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How do I configure SELinux on Centos 6 for cobbler?

I have installed and configured Cobbler on my centos 6 "installation server". From what I think I did all the configurations I'm supposed to. The installation was performed with my own customized ...
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Install CentOS 5.6 with Cobbler

I imported centos 5.6 into cobbler and set up all the pxe boot stuff. When I netboot it starts the install, but asks me "What type of media contains the packages to be installed". I'm given a choice ...
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cobbler in multi vlan environment

Greetings, I am trying to use cobbler for automated cent OS deployment. we have a multi vlan ( about 5 vlans) network environment. We do not have remote consoles to most of these servers so we cant ...
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Downloading and running a custom set of scripts in the cobbler kickstart file for Fedora

I need to use rysnc to get a series of files from a server on the network in the cobbler kickstart file. Can I just add the rsync command line to the file to be run in the %post section of the file or ...
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Cobbler kickstart file for Fedora adding packages

Can I assume that if you add packages such as httpd and php these will be installed via "yum install" as long as I specify them after the %packages in the kickstart file? Thanks
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Creating a custom kickstart file for cobbler and fedora installation

I am trying to write a custom kickstart file for use with cobbler in automating installations across the network. I am having some issues understanding the kickstart file and wondered if anyone knows ...
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PXE booting / TFTP/DHCP issue (using Cobbler 2.0)

I'm using Cobbler 2.x from the EPEL repositories. Have used 1.6 for ages. I've imported the CentOS 5.5 DVD (also tried this with 5.4). The DVD imports with no apparent issue, and sets up the ...
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Why should I use cobbler over normal PXEBOOT server?

Maybe it's me but I find it easier to manage my simple pxeboot server just by editing the default file under /tftpboot/pxelinux.cfg. I have my kickstart file available over NFS along with the DVD ...
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Managing DHCP with Cobbler and multiple NICs

I'm trying to setup Cobbler for PXE booting and I want it to also manage DHCP. The issue is I only want one of the two available NICs to manage DHCP. Is there a way to specify which NIC Cobbler will ...
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Possible to run system-config-network during %post kickstart?

I'm currently trying to figure out a smart way to set IP, hostname, gateway and DNS settings during a kickstart (with user input during the kickstart). Doing this with firstboot after the install is ...
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Problems with kickstart script, partition info crashes deployment

Currently testing cobbler, but have problem with the kickstart script when the partition information is loaded. Here is my ks: http://pastebin.ca/1824343 I can't figure out what is the problem with ...
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Do you remove unwanted packages (*NIX), or do you disable them?

Im currently building a cobbler and puppet setup. One thing I do is disabling unwanted services with puppet, but then I thought: Should I remove them with cobbler, rather than disabling them after ...
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Puppet vs Chef, pro and contra from users and use cases [closed]

I already googled and read the "to-puppet-or-to-chef-that-is-the-question" article. I'm interested in use cases, real world implementations in which people had choosen one or the other on real ...
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How to bind a physical network device to dom0 or domU only in RHEL5 cobbler deployed systems?

I have a physical machine with two nics. I already have a fully working cobbler server and I am able to deploy a bare metal or dom0 server in a few minutes. My target OS is RHEL5. My goal is to ...
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What is the best process to automate Zimbra deploy using cobbler+puppet?

I set up a fully working cobbler server on a RHEL5 machine. This is able to deploy a new server on bare metal machine, partitioning the disks, using LVM and creating as much virtual machines as I ...
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Howto setup Cobbler with PXE if you can't change the dhcp server?

In the past I've setup a PXE server several times by making the normal dhcp server return everything needed for network booting: both the regular ip config AND bootinfo in a single dhcp setup. That ...
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Is there any strong, well tested and general purpose puppet recipes-base to be used as starting point for customization?

I have configured a working cobbler system that successfully handles my bare metal server deployment and I'm going to start the configuration management issues using puppet (integrating it as much as ...
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How to set up Cobbler with Puppet or Cfengine?

I've heard a lot about using Cobbler together with Puppet/Cfengine for rapid deployment & configuration. Can you point me to some tutorials or share you experience of how you do it? Would also ...
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Cobbler assisted Xen guest install halts on reboot

I'm using cobbler and koan to install virtual guests on a Xen installation. The kickstart file does the install and then reboots. However, the configuration of the guest (from dumpxml in virsh) ...