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". We already have a DHCP server, I would like to use dnsmasq with PXE.

Since the documentation is scarce regarding Spacewalk, I have looked towards cobbler documentation.

Spacewalk 2.0 is bundled with Cobbler 2.0.11. A couple of sites suggest installing cobbler-loaders for additional features.


CentOS 6.4 (64-bit) / Spacewalk 2.0


  1. As I couldn't find in the "official documentation", should cobbler-loaders be installed?

  2. Is dnsmasq already installed as part of cobbler/Spacewalk or should it be installed using it's own package?

  3. Since cobbler seems to work independently to Spacewalk, should I be able to do a yum install cobbler for the latest version 2.4.3, or would that not be a wise course of action?

  4. Since I may have someone's attention, would there be a guide that I may have missed or someone has put together that would help?

Any assistance would be appreciated, thank you.

  • I don't mean to be rude but why Spacewalk? I thought that was depreciated, everyone uses Puppet or Chef these days I thought?
    – Chopper3
    Mar 10, 2014 at 16:27
  • @Chopper3 I'd personally agree not to use Spacewalk but Puppet/Chef is not a replacement for it. Maybe Razor?
    – faker
    Mar 10, 2014 at 17:06
  • Spacewalk is not depreciated, although have recently been made aware of Katello. The decision for Spacewalk was made before me, I need to make it work. Maybe look into Katello, which looks promising, however, at the moment Spacewalk is the path I must take.
    – canon
    Mar 10, 2014 at 17:20
  • Have you looked at Foreman? It has kickstart integration. Jun 9, 2014 at 13:50

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Upstream cobbler is at version 2.4.0. I can see no point in using something older.

The link is both to the current online docs of the product and a quickstart guide to having a working environment.

With regards to kickstart, the online Red Hat official documentation covers the topic in great detail.

  • I too don't see the point in using something older, however, I am not certain that doing a yum install -y cobbler will "break" the Spacewalk server. Currently when I do a yum list cobbler it does not show as installed, however, as available. As for the Kickstart documentation, I've read through that many times and nowhere are my questions addressed in it.
    – canon
    Mar 10, 2014 at 17:28
  • On our spacewalk 2.1 server, both cobbler20 and cobbler2 (and cobbler-loaders) is installed. It isn't called just cobbler, probably because it is an older version. I wouldn't install the newer version, just to be safe. I'm also not sure a newer version would give you anything else that you need.
    – lsd
    May 21, 2015 at 17:43

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