Good advice. I will go back and master the foundation first. Thanks.

On Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 4:59:13 AM UTC-7, Alvaro Miranda 
Aguilera wrote:
> Hello, 
> I will suggest slow down a bit.
> You should automate something that you know it words and ideally you have 
> done it properly.
> We know packer works so is not a packer issues, is "how I do xxx with 
> packer", but the issue in reality is "how do i xxx"
> My suggestion will be do this first without packer, and then give a shot 
> to packer, you will learn about the process and you will able to move 
> faster.
> 1. Manual install
> Create a new VM on vmware, put the iso on it, do a instalattion, end with 
> a VM you can login with user and password you want.
> 2. First try with kickstart
> Take /root/anaconda-ks.cfg file as example for an installer, review 
> commented section around disk partition, replace password with a 
> non-scripted one, comment out the current one.
> If there is a line that say shutdown in the ks, replace it with reboot.
> put this kickstart in some webserver in your network
> Create a new VM
> map the iso
> edit the boot like to add at the end 
>  ks=http://<someserver>/<somepath>/ks.cfg
> wait to see if your vm install 100% un-attended, and its waiting for lognin
> login with user/pass
> shutdown the VM
> 3. First packer VM
> use this kickstart as IS, no extra changes in packer, get a basic VM that 
> does nothing other than install.
> When you have a working paker installation move 1 change at the time. 
> Alvaro.

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