Provisioning - manual and/or automated OS deployments to physical and virtual machines.

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hiera.yaml is not loading on vagrant provision

Whenever I provision vagrant all the data is nil. When I ssh in and specify /etc/puppet/hiera.yaml as the config option i can get the values. How can I get vagrant to use the right hiera.config file? ...
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Is it possible to use Docker or Vagrant to provision a physical machine

Currently at my work we use buildroot to provision physical machines with Debian linux. Buildroot compiles a rootfs.cpio.gz file which the machines to be provisioned pick up using PXE, runs a script ...
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Hardening Ubuntu with Docker.io

I am new to Docker so please keep in mind. The old way: Create cloud instance Add Ubuntu OS Provision / harden Linux via Chef Develop app locally Deploy via Capistrano or some other ...
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Auto provisioning with IPMI

I have been looking for a way to auto provision servers using IPMI. I want to basically have a preconfigured linux O.S. and provision it to servers over the IPMI network. I read on a few software ...
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Distribute ssh public keys among hosts

I'm setting up some machines with Ansible and need to enable password less connections between them. I've got a database master and several slaves. For initial replication the slaves need to ssh into ...
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puppet provisioning, new node, update configuration on master

What would be the preferred way to update the configuration of one node when provisioning new nodes? E.g. let's say there is a cluster-like environment i am provisioning nodes, let's say these nodes ...
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Unable to install nginx from source in provisioning script

I'm using Vagrant to build a reproducible virtual machine for one of my projects. This virtual machine needs a basic LEMP stack, and I'm using a shell script to provision it after it's created. The ...
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Changing the mysql bind-address within a script

What would be the best way to change the mysql bind-address in the my.cnf from a shell script? Is there a way using a tool like mysqladmin or should I use sed or should I simply append it to the ...
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Provisioning DELL servers using only linux tools

We have taken delivery of a bunch off Dell Poweredge Rack servers. Unfortunately when ordering it was neglegted to ask for dhcp to be enabled in the built in iDRAC controlers... So they are all stuck ...
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Using Puppet with complex Nginx VirtualHosts

I'm trying to use Puppet and a Nginx plugin to manage a virtual host config file. I have everything working, but now that I need to add some rewrite rules I'm running into issues. I know I can use ...
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Start a sub provision in Salt

I need to have two project. One is to set up the server. The other is the web app. I'm trying to use SaltStack to do this via Vagrant. What I want to happen is that after the server is ...
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Potential of multiple network interfaces during RHEL deployment

I want to deploy RHEL (6x64, though I think this should be applicable across versions) onto systems which may or may not have more than one NIC card. Will kickstart error if I have multiple lines ...
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Vagrant single box with multiple addressable domain.locals

I currently utilize Vagrant and Chef to provision individual linux VMs for different apps. These apps are domain addressable from host, without requiring anything else set up on the host. This is ...
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How to make puppet to start all services in the end of the catalogue run?

Especially when setting up a completely new server from the scratch, puppet tends to start dependant services as soon as all their dependencies are satisfied. This sometimes leads to situation that ...
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How long before an s3 bucket can be created with same name after deletion?

Title is quite explanatory, but I have just deleted an s3 bucket as it was in the wrong region and am wanting to recreate it in the correct region with same name as the just deleted one. Is there any ...
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“cannot receive new filesystem stream: invalid backup stream” error when unpacking flash archive on solaris 10

I've searched around but i'm having no luck with some peculiar behavior with a flash archive. I'm using HP Server Automation 9.14 to deploy the OS. I'm creating a Solaris 10 flash archive to create ...
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Check version using Chef

I have a small application installed on a few servers, I wanted to write a quick recipe that will allow me to gather the version number from these servers. This is what I've written: bash "Get app ...
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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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Factory Reset Cisco SPA504G without admin password

I've been trying to factory reset some SPA500 phones, specifically the 504G but the old provider has locked out everything. I need to reset about 50 phones for use with a new service. I've man in the ...
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Asset Tracking: Best Practices

We'd like to track I.T. assets across different organizations and I have a bunch of questions: What is a good, systematic method to choose a universally unique asset tag (i.e. name)? What method ...
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Why use Chef/Puppet over shell scripts?

New to Puppet and Chef tools. Seems like the job that they are doing can be done with shell scripting. Maybe it was done in shell scripts until these came along. I would agree they are more readable. ...
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Vagrant / chef - nginx cookbook extend

I am fairly new to using chef, particularly with vagrant so this will most likely be a silly question to the more experienced users out there. I am using this cookbook: ...
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Is it possible to create a RHEL 5.7 channel based on updated (5.9) RHEL channels in Satellite?

I would however like to kickstart new servers based on RHEL 5.7. Both official Red Hat channels in Satellite are already updated to RHEL 5.9 and RHEL 6.4 though. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 for ...
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Why does Satellite need a kickstartable distribution for cloned channels, but not on the official main Red Hat Channel?

I have been using Satellite for a while now and I am able to kickstart machines directly from the official main RH channels Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 for 64-bit x86_64) Red Hat Enterprise Linux ...
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Manage multiple ssh-keys for one user with Chef

I started to use Chef in my infrastructure, but cannot make recipe like this: -each developer has own public ssh-key. -in remote server there is an unique user, named ubuntu I want to use data bags ...
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Using Chef Solo to provision a Windows EC2 instance and bootstrap it

I'm trying to automate our CI process for a couple of .NET apps, and in a perfect world I'd like to spin up a Windows EC2 instance for each, bootstrap the instance to install Chef Solo and then ...
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Dependencies of puppet modules

I am trying to get acquainted with puppet, so here is my n00b question. In a module I want to use there are some includes, like include gcc include wget If I just install this module and use it ...
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Recommendations for bootstrapping Ubuntu server

When I create new Ubuntu 12.10 instances, I typically bootstrap them by manually SSHing onto the machine and editing the sudoers to put a NOPASSWD on the default user (e.g., ec2-user, azureuser, ...
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What would be the best method to provide my server environment as a software package to be installed on a different server?

I have some software running on my AWS cloud and I would like to be able to offer this software package as an on-premise solution so that anyone can configure it on their own servers. What would be ...
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Technology for short-lived private VMs

I'm trying to build a system that will run short-lived (CI and test builds) of software components, it's mandatory according to my requirements that each live on a private host. I'm taking that ...
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Provision server with chef-solo as root?

I'm using knife to bootstrap my VM with vanilla Debian 7.0 installation. In bootstrap stage I'm just setting sources.list, updating & upgrading system, then I install buil-essential, rsync and ...
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Why can't “knife data bag from file” find existing json file on chef server?

Summary: I'm running into a problem with "knife data bag from file", where knife doesn't recognize the .json data bag file pulled down from a remote git repo. Background: I'm currently trying to ...
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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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Manage multiple zLinux SuSE Servers [closed]

My shop virtualizes a few hundred SuSE 11.1 servers through IBM's zVM hypervisor. (If you've never heard of zVM, it runs on a mainframe and virtualizes Linux in the s390x architecture. It's a ...
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Which EC2 instance best for Chef server?

I want to setup chef server as cheaply as possible, while leaving it enough room to run without crashing. The only article I found on the subject warned that RabbitMQ would crash on a micro instance ...
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Provisioning System for Enterprise

In our companie we have a lot of systems: CRM, ERP, payroll system, etc.. The problem is that NONE of these systems are integrated with our Active Directory. From a admin and security perspective ...
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Advantages of thick provisioning of storage over thin provisioning with virtual machines

I typically use thin-provisioning of storage space when building VMs: it provides a lot of flexibility, and seems to be faster to build. The only potential definite advantage I can see is to ensure ...
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Configure HP RAID in Pre-OS environment

I need to set the RAID configurations of a HP machine during the provisioning process of OS deployment. I have come across a tool named Praid.exe but having read the documentation I get the impression ...
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Kickstart: Serve dynamic kickstart images via a CGI or PHP script?

I'd like to Kickstart a couple dozen RHEL6/SL6 servers. However, some of these servers are different and I don't want to create a new ks.cfg file for each class of server. Is there any way I can ...
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Generate TFTP Content on the fly?

I know this isn't the purpose of TFTP, but I'm working in an environment where a lot of different types of devices pull provisioning info from a TFTP server. What I'm developing is a provisioning ...
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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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What options do I have to clone a physical server as easily as a virtual machine?

We use virtual machines a great deal at my company, Hyper-V mainly but we have also dabbled with ESXi plus vCenter. Besides the traditional advantage of being able to consolidate many physical ...
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User provisioning script for Exchange and AD?

I'm currently running Exchange 2007 and Windows Server 2003 ADs. If I wanted to create a user creation/deletion script that would create and delete users, what would be the best way of dealing with ...
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Provisioning environment(PXE) for windows xp, 7, server 2003, 2008 and RHEL 5

I am working for a small shop where we want to provision all the hosts from one single location. Right now, we use Legacy RIS on Win server 2003 to deploy hosts via PXE boot. Though this method works, ...
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With ESXi and Windows Server 2008, can the provisioned size for a disk be reduced?

When we first setup ESXi, we over allocated drive space (allocated 300 GBs of a 250GB hard drive) thinking ESXi would shuffle things intelligently like it does with memory and CPU but found out later ...
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Breaking a RAID 1 as a way to Provision systems?

Suppose that I have a nix system whose filesystems are entirely supported by two drives in a RAID 1. If I were to breakdown that RAID, could I then use one of the disks to recreate the system on ...
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Server installation logging / logbook / diary?

Are there some ways field-tested ways to keep a kind of logbook for a server? Including: software installations (and de-installations) custom configurations (e.g. of a webserver, ssh daemon, etc.) ...
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Need help with MS SQL SAN disk array provisioning

We have a HP MSA70 with 20x300gb 2,5" 10k disks allocated for our SQL2008 server. Our usage of the SQL server is: 50 concurrent users of our ERP system(Visma business) - 70/30 read/write. 2500 ...
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Disk provisioning type for virtualized Exchange server on NFS

We have a legacy VMware Server connecting to an NFS datastore that runs two Exchange 2007 servers (edge + hub) on Windows 2003. We are a small org with about 50 users. We're in the process of moving ...
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How do large organizations with large turnover and many systems perform account provisioning?

Our current solution At the moment, it is essentially a bunch of scripts which are executed by an in-house developed console menu that is Perl-based. Each script is associated to a step in the ...