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Re: looking for diskless advice

From: Joerg Sonnenberger <joerg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2004 00:04:10 +0100

On Tue, Dec 21, 2004 at 07:28:35AM -0800, Chuck Tuffli wrote:
> My little side project using DFly as a platform to do some of our system 
> validation tasks has snow-balled into something real, and now I need to 
> replicate my environment to ~30 machines and keep the OS image on each 
> current. There was a thread a while back that described how to setup a 
> PXE/bootp environment that made me think setting up a diskless 
> environment would be the way to go. I've never setup/maintained an 
> environment this big before and am looking for some advice. From other 
> people's experiences

If you have normal machines e.g. with hard disk and all, I would
use a small alternative root filesystem, which automatically fetches or
rsyncs the real root + usr filesystem. I'd configure loader or
boot0 to switch the default config on demand and restart.


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