I put together a setup for work a while back that make OS installs a breeze and avoids the problem of install differences (we used to do manual installs by the way of step by step documentation).
Basically what it consists of is a stripped down kernel that supports whatever hardware we may have, kern and mfsroot images for the distribution in question, and an install.cfg sysinstall config. The scripts either build floppy images for a new machine install that doesn't require user input; or a FreeBSD package that you apply, reboot, and when you log in again the system has a fresh FreeBSD install. The latter comes in handy when reinstalling machines 4000 miles away without any remote hands. :) The sysinstall config lets you specify what type of install you want (kernel source install, X install, etc) or you can build your own. You can also add individual packages. The setup has worked very well for us, a typical install/reinstall takes about 5 minutes. Atle - Flying Crocodile Inc, Unix Systems Administrator On Sun, 19 Sep 2004 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > Message: 16 > Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 16:11:06 -0400 > From: Forrest Aldrich <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Subject: Automating FreeBSD Installation(s)... > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > Message-ID: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed > > I've read several articles out there that address different means to > automate (or standardize, for internal purposes) FreeBSD > installations. One article (which was older) spoke of scripting > sysinstall via an install.cfg with some custom pkg modules to do > edits. The other, exploiting the PXE capability of the newer (Intel) NICs. > > I'm interested in what people are doing now - what has had the better > success rate, etc. I realize this is all dependent upon one's > environment - mine will be more ISP-related, but will require some > flexibility for different servers. > > I've also heard of people utilizing GNU CFEngine for this type of > procedure, which I find interesting - it's a complex package, but seems > to be very functional if you have time/patience to apply it. > > > Thanks... _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"