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    Is there a Kickstart equivalent for debian?
    Contributed by pll on Thursday, October 11 @ 22:10:59 BST

    I'm a sysadmin of linux based environment (well over 100 machines). In a previous life I admin'ed a
    Solaris network and always built my machines using Sun's JumpStart utility. This saved me a tremendous
    amount of time and effort, since I could build both desktops and servers without having to do much more
    than specify a hostname and IP address for it.
    Red Hat has kickstart, which is not bad, but I don't think it's a good as JumpStart. Does Debian have something
    similar? I've been using Debian for over a year now and love it, but it's install is too painful to create a large
    number of machines with simultaneously. I've heard of/looked System Imager, a little bit, but that seems to be more of a Ghost replacement,
    not a KickStart/JumpStart like tool.

    rob: Try FAI (Fully Automated Installation)

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    Re: Is there a Kickstart equivalent for debian? (Score: 3, Informative)
    by pr00f ( on Thursday, October 11 @ 23:42:43 BST
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    Another one designed specifically for Debian is NAIS. I haven't used any of the aformentioned tools, nor this. I just thought I'd throw another one out there.

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    Re: Is there a Kickstart equivalent for debian? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Thursday, October 11 @ 23:47:48 BST

    Another ghosty type is partimage.


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    Re: Is there a Kickstart equivalent for debian? (Score: 1, Interesting)
    by Anonymous on Friday, October 12 @ 15:13:51 BST

    If all the machines are the same, how about just rolling your own configuration files as deb packages, and running a local mirror of your distribution? That is not as good, but it would still be pretty good.

    It would be nice if apt could work over multicast, like ghost does.

    What is the part that takes the most time? Hardware level stuff, or software installation and configuration?

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    Re: Is there a Kickstart equivalent for debian? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, October 12 @ 16:30:13 BST

    Wasn't Progeny working on something like this a while ago?

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    Re: Is there a Kickstart equivalent for debian? (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, October 13 @ 13:59:23 BST


    we searched for something you are searching for and found Feta (

    Perhaps FAI and Feta fits your needs ...


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