[nycbug-talk] PXE/TFTPd Sanity

Isaac Levy ike at lesmuug.org
Wed Dec 30 15:41:27 EST 2009

On Dec 30, 2009, at 3:09 PM, David Lawson wrote:

>> - Has any unified software/packaging come about for doing network
>> installs, or is it all still all just a matter of setting up TFTPD  
>> and
>> a DHCP server?
> Cobbler/Satellite are worth taking a look at, they're both,  
> unfortunately, very linux-centric as they grew out of Red Hat  
> projects, but I believe they can do BSDs.
>> - Have any neat accounting utilities/database tools come along for
>> storing MAC addresses, and their corresponding IP/boot-media info?
> Cobbler provides a system for that.  There's also at least some  
> Satellite integration.  Also some hooks into Puppet or other config  
> management/accounting type tools.  ZenOSS is another option that has  
> that kind of functionality to it, though I don't know whether it has  
> any network install type stuff in it.  I know of a couple large  
> companies that are using it at least for monitoring if not for  
> machine accounting.
> I'm 99% sure I've talked about Cobbler with someone on this list  
> before who was leveraging it more heavily than I am, so there may be  
> some more expert opinions kicking around.  There's a lot of value  
> add to it beyond what you're asking about, so it's possible it's too  
> much gun, but I've found that it's a tool we've grown into using  
> very nicely.
> --Dave

Thanks Dave- I'll take a look at Cobbler and see how it feels- (and  
I'll search the mail archives for Cobbler stuff)...


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